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Purification Breathing Exercise


Sit in the proper position. Legs crossed in half-lotus, full lotus, or just plain crossed, whatever is most comfortable. Be gentle with your body. Straighten your back, as if your vertebrae are a pile of golden coins, and balance your head on your neck as if a silver thread is suspending your head from the heavens. Tuck you chin in a little and hold your eyes halfway open, so that you are looking in front of you at about a forty-five degree angle. Touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, and let your lips rest slightly apart. Above all of this, the most important thing to remember is to relax.
Press thumbs into palm and make a Vajra fist. Fold the thumb inside the fist until it touches the base of the ring finger. Press fists into hips, pull belly in. Move fists along knees, turn fist over and rub back to hips and up to breast and shoot hands out.

Place right hand on knee and close left nostril with left forefinger. Breathe out with the majority of the air out of the nostril. Imagine air is dark yellow and contains all your anger leaving your body.

Press thumbs into palm and make a fist. Press fists into hips, pull belly in. Move fists along knees, turn fist over and rub back to hips and up to breast and shoot hands out.

Place left hand on knee and close right nostril with right forefinger. Breathe out with the majority of the air out of the nostril. Imagine the air is dark red and contains all your desire and attachment leaving your body.

Press thumbs into palm and make a fist. Press fists into hips, pull belly in. Move fists along knees, turn fist over and rub back to hips and up to breast and shoot hands out.

Place both hands on knees. Breathe out with the majority of the air out of the nostrils and some from the mouth. Imagine the air is dark blue and contains all your ignorance leaving your body.

Repeat the sequence three times.


A summary of the breathing visualization is:
Close left nostril -- dark yellow -- anger
Close right nostril -- dark red -- desire and attachment
Both nostrils open -- dark blue -- ignorance