A Site To Learn More About Meditation And Yoga

Why am I controlling my breath during meditation? Any tips to stop?

Why am I controlling my breath during meditation? Any tips to stop? 1

14 Tips for breathing meditation

‘The essence of the practice of meditation can be summarized in three points: Bring your mind home, then release and relax.’

Meditating on breathing is not easy for everyone and if it goes well you can infinitely deepen and refine this exercise. The following tips and instructions from my book ABC of Meditation can help you to both meditate on breathing easier and to deepen:

  1. The best thing you can do to become proficient in breathing meditations is to practice them regularly. In the initial phase, it is especially important to become familiar with observing the breath and allowing the respiration to function freely and naturally.
  2. Meditation on breathing is generally easier in the course of a meditation session. Learn to trust this. When you experience less stress, the tension in the body decreases, you need less oxygen and breathing becomes calmer, making it easier to follow your breathing properly.
  3. Do not try to prolong or activate the inhalation or inhalation on willpower. You do not have to use muscle power when you inhale. With an exhalation you do not have to press the air out. An inhalation or exhalation occurs automatically. Let it work quietly at its own pace.
  4. Do not consciously hold the breath in the breaks between the inhalation and exhalation. This makes tense. Pauses arise spontaneously and naturally.
  5. When you wait or anticipate the next inhalation or exhalation, this gives tension. Use these moments precisely to become silent and to become absorbed in the awareness of all the sensations that you experience in the present moment.
  6. Do not focus too closely with your attention on the lungs and the chest. Fixing on the lungs and chest makes tension. In several meditation movements, therefore, the tip is given to follow the breath only by thirty to forty percent of your attention. The rest of your attention goes to everything else that occurs in the here and now.
See also  How do you meditate without falling asleep?



  1. When you become tense of focusing on the breath you can give yourself the image that you breathe in and out through the whole body. That opens your attention and has a relaxing effect. Optionally, you can literally visualize in the beginning that the respiration flows to all cells and parts of your body after an inhalation. At an exhale you visualize that you exhale through the lungs and the nose from all cells. After a number of breaths you can let go of the visualization.
  2. You can also hear the breath as well as feeling. Listening to breathing has a calming effect and is also a way to follow the breath flows with your attention.
  3. Imagine that the center of perception is in your mind during meditation. This happens naturally when thinking activity decreases and by consciously assuming this perspective in the beginning of the exercise you accelerate the relaxation process.
  4. It is easier to keep the attention and to relax on the exhalation than with the inhalation. Therefore, preferably restore when you have strayed on an exhalation.
  5. An exhale stands for letting go and relaxation. An inhalation brings new life energy. However, an exhalation does not have a relaxing effect on the body. With a good body posture, you will experience an exhalation that the body stretches and that the exhalation gives you extra strength in addition to relaxation.

  1. The sound of your breathing gives feedback about your state of mind and the quality of your attention. When you breathe very loudly and the breath currents sound forced you probably breathe out of will and you do your best to breathe or relax. There is probably over-concentration. A deep sigh is often a sign of too passive relaxation. You then lost the alertness and strength in meditation. A weak breath often indicates unrest in the mind and is often a sign that here and now it no longer dominates your consciousness.
See also  Yoga video for beginners - MindYoga4U

Related articles

What happens during Chakra healing and how does it work? 2

What happens during Chakra healing and how does it work?

Symptoms of an energy cleanup Loading… When someone energetically cleans us of any kind, or we do it to ourselves, there is usually a period of a few days during which most of these changes take place. These are days of “detoxification” and integration of new energies and information into our subtle bodies. These changes can also occur spontaneously […]

The influence of yoga on the psychoemotional state

All that we are going through, one way or another affects the state of the body and soul. Our stress, fear and trauma that consciousness can not accommodate, pushed into the subconscious. They can lead to the terminals, muscle cramps, restriction of mobility of the body. Such techniques as body or dance-movement therapy helps to […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.