There are so many tips for breathing. Deep breath, short breath, alternate breath and so on. Here is another one to add to your list.
- Inhale slowly for four seconds
- Hold your breath for next four seconds
- Exhale slowly for four seconds
- Pause for four seconds
Why breathing exercise
Many of us actually forget to breathe. Yes this is an urban things. We also might not be doing enough activity in the day. So for whatever reason we can think of, you need to do this exercise maybe once a day.
Sit in a comfortable position and relax your self. Keep some timing device at hand. Start the breathing.
Why four seconds breathing
The four second pause helps hold in air for the lungs to absorb sufficient oxygen. The blank pause helps for getting ready for the next cycle.
Now this is the most interesting part. Most of the ancient vedic chants follow a pattern of exactly four syllables repeated four times. That makes it a total of 16 seconds. If the chant is repeated 15 times will count to 240 seconds which is exactly four minutes.
Best example of this calculation is Gayatri Mantra.