Breaths, More Energy
Majid Ali, M.D.
is a form of Limbic Breathing which I developed for
beginners in auto-regulation. It is simple,
effective, and completely safe. The focus in Feather
Breathing is purely on effortlessly prolonging the
breathe-out phase (exhalation) of breathing while
completely ignoring the breathe-in (inspiration)
phase. The simple steps of Feather Breathing are:
* Imagine that
there is a thin feather almost touching the
* Breathe out
through the nostrils so slowly as not to move
the delicate pringle of the feather;
* Exhale for as
long as possible, but comfortably;
ignore the mode and duration of breathing
in—exhalation after a gentle prolonged inspiration
is always good and the issues of breathing through
one or the other nostril or mouth breathing are not
relevant in Feather Breathing inspiration;
* Do not analyze
the simple mechanics of Feather Breathing; and
* After initial
training, slide in and out of Feather Breathing at
work and at home without conscious effort.
in my experience is the best way to prevent and/or
reverse the adverse effects of subliminal
hyperventilation on oxygen homeostasis. Feather
Breathing dramatically improves oxygen transport and
functionalities in times of stress and autonomic
dysequilibrium. I return to this subject in the
section entitled "Improved Mitochondrial Function
with Limbic Breathing."
How Can I Learn Feather Breathing?
By just trying it.
It is evident from the above description of Feather
Breathing does not require any special staffing,
equipment, or space. It can be learned singly or in
groups. At the Institute of Integrative Medicine,
most people learn it well within fifteen to thirty
minutes. The great advantage of this method is that
it can be practiced at home, at work, in a park, or
in buses and trains.
Please remember do
not ask your self whether you are doing it right.
Please, please simply breathe out slowly. The next
breath in will be naturally right.
Fewer Breaths, More Energy
How Can slow
breathing give more energy? I anticipate doubt in
the reader’s mind. It is counter-intuitive. The
energy in the body depends on mitochondrial ATP
generation. How can mitochondrial function be
enhanced with slow breathing? I also anticipate this
question. Deep breathing is so entrenched in
people’s mind, that the very notion of slow
breathing is problematic for them.
slow breathing allows more time for oxygen to move
from air sacs in the lungs to the blood in the lung
capillaries. Oxygen takes almost twenty times more
time to travel that distance than carbon dioxide.
Rapid blowing of carbon dioxide disturbs the body’s
chemistry in many ways that also impair the ability
of oxygen to cross cell membranes and enter cells.
These simple and basic facts of physiology are
seldom, if ever, duly recognized by doctors.
I have taught slow Limbic
Breathing to my patients as an essential part of
self healing for thirty years. Feather Breathing is
the simplest and most effective method of such
breathing for the beginner. Below is the description
of Feather Breathing. I follow that an outline of my
personal journey with self-regulation and the
development of Limbic Breathing. I include several
illustrative case studies of the value of Limbic
Breathing in companion tutorials in my Energy
Healing Series listed under "Energy Healing."