Copyright © 2002 James Deacon
Breathing practice is a simple yet profoundly beneficial one.
It can be practiced either standing, or seated on a chair, stool
or bench, or in a crosslegged posture or in the seiza posture,
or whilst reclining.
a time and place where you are unlikely to be disturbed - initially
5 -10 minutes will be quite sufficient for practice - with time
you may want to increase this.
Take off your shoes. And wherever you are doing this exercise
- indoors or out, make sure (if standing, or seated on the floor)
the floor/ground is both comfortable and warm. Do not practice
this on cold floors/ground, do not practice in the cold, generally.
If you are doing this standing up, begin by standing with your
feet about shoulder-with apart, arms by your sides.
If seated, sit up straight (comfortably so - no need for rigid
military-style posture - this will only impede the technique).
Rest your hands, palms down, on your legs.
If reclining, rest your arms by your sides.
'hara-centred' oneself, become loosely focussed on the natural
rhythms of your breathing. The term used is 'watching the breath'
- this implies non-interference with the natural process of respiraton.
Do not seek to consciously breathe - merely be aware that you
are breathing effortlessly.
a few moments, you should begin to imagine that, just like a dolphin,
you have a 'breathing hole' on the top of your head - and that
you are already (again effortlessly) breathing through this opening
- the air travelling between this opening and your lungs, along
a channel through the centre of your head.
This 'breathing hole' awareness should be maintained for a few
Over time, the duration of Dolphin Breathing will gradually be
increased, yet no 'effort' will ever be involved.