Very Slow Breathing

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    In practicing full body breathing there are times when it seems as though my body wants to breath extremely slowly.
    To breath any faster feels as though it would be too fast to keep pace with the subtle relaxation in the muscles and nerves and even organs involved and overwhelm them rather than penetrate them. It’s a very interesting process to relax and allow this subtle breathing. It seems to require deep focus along with deep relaxation. It feels like great practice for learning how these two qualities can work together and enhance one other.

    I often end up doing fewer repetitions just because they take much much longer when they are so slow.
    Any thoughts on this, is it ok? Is it a good idea to set an overall time for practicing breathing and not be concerned with how many breaths actually happen rather than guide the practice by number of repetitions? Thanks!

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    Yes, set an overall time for practice or, if possible, don’t be concerned with time at all and let your session conclude naturally. You do not want to control the number of breaths or force the body in any way when breathing.

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