Super Energize Your Body with Pranic Breathing
By Master Stephen Co



By combining diaphragmatic breathing with two techniques called rhythm and retention, you significantly boost your energy-generation capability. Rhythm is breathing to a certain count, such as breathing in for an eight-count and out for a four-count. Different rhythms are used by different mind and body practices.

Yoga, meditation, self-hypnosis, and martial arts all employ breathing rhythms, which help calm the body and clear the mind. A breathing rhythm shuts out external stimuli and controls the chatter, self-talk, and random thoughts that run through your mind and prevent true relaxation. Thus, a breathing rhythm performs the same function as chanting or repetition of a mantra does during meditation: it focuses your attention

Some breathing rhythms do more than act as a focal point or pacing mechanism; they actually increase the amount of prana you draw in. When you combine the right rhythm with another powerful pranic breathing practice, retention, you can increase your energy-producing capacity by tenfold or more with diligent practice.

Retention is purposefully holding your breath for a moment during the breathing cycle; it’s the true secret to a massively energizing breath. Holding your breath after exhalation is empty retention, and holding it after inhalation is full retention. Retention creates a pranic ‘bellows effect.’  Just as bellows are used to produce concentrated bursts of air to stoke a flame in a fireplace, rhythm and retention use a similar pumping effect to concentrate and magnify prana’s natural cleansing and energizing effects within your body. Rhythm and retention also improve the distribution of prana, pushing it deeper and more forcefully throughout the body.

Here is how rhythm and retention work. During empty retention, when you compress the belly, deflate the lungs, and hold your breath for a moment, you create a physiological and energetic vacuum. It’s comparable to pausing as you fully close a bellows before beginning to draw air in. When you begin your controlled inhale, as you draw oxygen into the lungs, you also pull tremendous amounts of prana into the pores and the chakras. You become highly energized.

During full retention, when your belly is completely expanded and you hold that full breath in your lungs, you’re priming your energy pump. It’s comparable to pausing just after you fully open a bellows before beginning to pump a blast of air into the fireplace. When you begin your controlled exhale, the energy is condensed and moves with greater force into the cells, organs, and chakras, where it is more fully and easily assimilated.

The right rhythm and retention are simple breathing adjustments, but they make a huge difference in the prana you are able to generate. In MCKS Pranic Healing classes, we do experiments to demonstrate the power of pranic breathing with rhythm and retention. We ask a person to stand in the front of the room and breathe normally, while a handful of students remain a few feet away on all sides and try to feel, or ‘scan,’ the person’s aura. Most people can feel it at about six inches all around the person’s body.

As the person begins pranic breathing, the students start feeling their hands being pushed back. If a person performs pranic breathing for as little as three minutes, it’s not unusual for students to feel the aura expand to 20 feet, or even more, if the person is particularly strong. When we ask how the person who’s breathing feels, invariably the reply is that he or she feels calm and powerful at the same time.

This is an excerpt from the book, “Your Hands Can Heal You” by Master Stephen Co and Dr. Eric Robins. To receive more information on MCKS Pranic Healing and Advanced Meditational  Practices,  or  to  download or receive your Free Self-Healing Meditation, please contact the United States Pranic Healing Center at, or call (888) 470-5656.

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