Breath... in Sanskrit... is called prana which means the very life. It spreads life and magnetism in all parts of the body, for breath in itself is life and is magnetism.
Gatha I, Pasi Anfas 3
The stretch breath is physically beneficial, in that it helps to increase the vital capacity of the breath and it also tends to intensify the prana in the breath stream which subsequently becomes available to outer or inner attunement.
Pattern: Inhale through the nose (both nostrils) and exhale through the mouth (NM).
An alternative pattern, inhaling and exhaling through the nose (NN), requires more discipline and would be more appropriate for an inward orientation.
Attunement: To the All-Pervading life in space.
Visualization: A ray or stream of light is formed by the exhalation. This may be directed towards a visualized target, such as some sacred symbol or projected towards the infinite.
Standard Stretch Breath
Increasing and Decreasing by 2 counts
The audio file below is a narration that is intended as an accompaniment to the practice of the Standard Stretch Breath. It's length is 7' 25".
Extended Stretch Breath
Increasing and Decreasing by jumps
The audio file below is a narration for the Extended Stretch Breath. It's length is 8' 08".