This video is intended as an accompaniment to the practice of the Elements Breath.
About the Elements Breath
The element, or purification breaths, may be done each morning, typically standing by an open window, if that is convenient and if the temperature permits. While directing the breath in the required pattern, one visualizes light in colours characteristic of each of the five elements at specific points of concentration, and attunes to the qualities of the element in question.
The physical body consists of five elements according to the mystical view: earth, water, fire, air and ether. Yet these terms must not be compared with the scientific terms; these are mystical conceptions and they should be understood in a mystical sense. These five elements form the sustenance of the body, at the same time these elements purify the body.
Gathas I, Taqwa Taharat 7
The counts are based on a metronome setting of 60 beats per minute. The length is 5' 37".
This practice consists of breathing in and out through the nose or the mouth, along with mental concentrations on the elements. (see chart at right)
The sound of a bell indicates the end of this breathing meditation.
After the instructions below have been memorized, the practice should be done with eyes closed. Eventually this guided narration is no longer required and the tempo of the counting is maintained with a metronome.
Ideally, the practice is done standing, in fresh air and with regularity as to time and location.
Count in for four beats, out for six beats, for the first four steps
(Earth, Water, Fire and Air).
1. In Nose, Out Nose, while focusing on the tip of the nose and visualizing the colour yellow.
2. In Nose, Out Mouth, while focusing on the bridge of the nose and visualizing the colour green.
3. In Mouth, Out Nose, while focusing on the third eye at the centre of the forehead and visualizing the colour red.
4. In Mouth, Out Mouth, while focusing on the top of the head (crown) and visualizing the colour blue.
5. In Nose, Out Nose while focusing on a point about 50 cms. (20 inches) above the head, breathing silently and subtly, a breath barely perceptible or audible. and visualizing a colour that is perhaps an iridescent, smoky grey.
The rhythm for the fifth step, Ether, is open and uncounted, breathing very silently and subtly.
The prayer Nayaz is then recited.