This section should really be called the dos and the
don'ts, as it contains recommendations that the student should be aware of when
commencing breathing exercises.
- When undertaking these types of exercise, it is advisable not to
have had a heavy meal and one should also not have eaten for approximately
one and a half hours, before training. This is because the blood supply is
diverted to the stomach and intestines, during this period, making it more
difficult for the brain to concentrate. Food can also produce a physical
obstacle to the practice of correct breathing.
- It is also advisable to have recently used the toilet because the
correct use of the lungs and diaphragm massages the intestines, which aids
digestion and also speed up the passage of food through the body system.
- Alcoholic drink should not be taken on the same day, before these
- Coffee, tea, carbonated drinks and sweet drinks should not be
taken for an hour before training commences.
- Those who smoke should abstain for at least two hours before
- Drugs, apart from prescribed, are not to be taken at all. It is
extremely dangerous to mix breathing technique and the taking of drugs.
- Do not put on strong anti-perspirant, or perfume, because it is
unpleasant for others and has almost the same affect as that of tobacco
smoke, when inhaled deeply.
- I would advise that practice is not done in bed at night. This is
not because it's bad, but it is quite possible to suddenly find it is 3.30
am and you have not had any sleep! These techniques are very relaxing, but
do not take the place of sleep.
Places to Practise.
- Ideally one requires a room with pleasant surroundings and a
- The room, or area, should be quiet, as noise makes it extremely
difficult to concentrate.
- Do not practise underneath fluorescent lights. You must be at
least two metres away from this light source.
- Do not practised directly in front of the television or VDU. These
produce a vibrating magnetic field, to a distance of two and-a-half times
the diagonal measurement of the screen, directly forwards from the device.
- Do not practise anywhere near a working microwave front door. You
must be at least 20 metres away from this device. This field penetrates
concrete, brick and metal, so walls offer no protection.
- Do not practise near a working a mobile phone and never within 100
metres of a mast.
- Try, where possible, to avoid sitting under, or over household
electric supply cables. These cables and give off a vibrating magnetic field which penetrates floors,
ceilings and walls to a distance of 1.5 metres.
- Do not, when exercising, place for hands, palm down, on any part
of the body.
- Do not, when sitting or standing, point the palms towards the
The precautions taken are necessary to prevent
interference from both internal and external sources, as this can be
detrimental to the bodies operation, when breathing exercises are undertaken.