How it works
Whatever the count for your inhalation simply double it for the exhalation - that's it!
As with the 1:1 ratio, start each practice session with a low in-breath count and gradually work up.
I recommend starting with a count of four for your in-breath.
Keep in mind, when you add one count to your in-breath you'll be doubling that on the exhalation.
So if you breathe in for four counts you'll then have to regulate the exhalation so you can breathe out for eight counts.
There's also a pause in-between breaths to consider.
1:2 Rhythmic Breathing example practice:
- In-breath of 4 counts, pause 2 counts, out-breath 8 counts, pause 2, repeat...
- In-breath of 6 counts, pause 3 counts, out-breath 12 counts, pause 3, repeat...
- In-breath of 8 counts, pause 4 counts, out-breath 16 counts, pause 4, repeat...
- In-breath of 10 counts, pause 5 counts, out-breath 20 counts, pause 5, repeat...
- And so forth...
You'll need to make use of Ujjayi Pranayam to achieve this - especially with the longer cycles.
Take your time - be subtle - go deep
Make sure to take your time in building up your practice.
Don't fall into the trap of making this about how long you can extend your breath cycles or how long you can hold your breath.
That's not what this is about.
The whole point of this practice is refining the subtly of your attention and gleaning every benefit out of each moment.
It's about cleansing your brain and nervous system from the excessive loads placed upon it by modern living.
It's about going deeper and discovering the serenity within.
Moving forward, use these practices with the intent to establish a calm, clear, focused mind.
Do this and you will gain many roll-on benefits in your life.