The basic Purification Breathing Practice, also called the 20 Purification Breaths, consists of four inhalations and exhalations repeated five times.
This is best done in the morning before eating while standing in a relaxed position preferably in the open air or in front of an open window. The feet are stable on the ground, and the knees, shoulders, neck and jaws are loosened.
Inhalations and exhalations are done rhythmically in a restful, quiet manner, slower than the usual breath, yet slightly fuller. It is important to discover the natural rhythm of one’s breath. While inhaling and exhaling one’s thoughts are focused on receiving and radiating the Divine Power in Space which purifies and revivifies, and which inspires and enables the soul to unfold.
The thought to be kept constantly present in the mind is the following one, given by Pir-o-Murshid in his own words:
inhaling: I inhale Divine Light and Life
exhaling: I radiate Divine Life and Light
If one is ill or feeling weak, this exercise can be done sitting or even lying down. In the case of delicate breathing organs or of any other internal problem, or if required for the purpose of improving the health, this practice is done twice a day, morning and evening; or even three times a day if necessary.
The practice concludes with the prayer Nayez.