“Prana, the vital breath, originates in the Self. As the shadow and the person who generates it are inseparable, so are the Prana and the Self. Prana enters the body at birth so that the mind’s wishes, which have come down from other lives, will be fulfilled.”
In fact, the final goal of all the breathing techniques is that of prolonging the retention until the practitioner reaches higher stages in Yoga (such as supernatural powers) and his karma is destroyed.
The control of the mind over the vital forces of the body will have an immediate and direct effect over the sexual center, in the sense that the overall energy level becomes higher.
The practitioner will notice an increased amount of energy and receptivity. The senses become sharper. Any couple wishing to experience Tantric ecstasy while making love should pay special attention to the breath.
The lovers should practice the healing breath so that the subtle channels of the body are purified; this purification of the subtle channels will eliminate the risk of shocks, physical and psychic uneasiness due to the high energies awakened by the Tantric erotic game.
The flows of prana, the mind and sexual energy are interdependent. Controlling one of the three will result in controlling the other two, as well. In what follows, you will realize the close interdependence between breath, the erotic act and subtle mental processes.
One of the most important aspects in an erotic union is the process of breathing, because emotions are directly connected to breath. True physical love leads to a complete coordination between the breathing of the lovers.
This is the key for obtaining huge powers. Nonetheless, there are other breathing techniques capable of preparing a couple for a Tantric erotic game.
A secret technique consists of bringing together the lateral margins of your tongue and sticking out the tongue through your lips; breathe in forcefully, retain the air inside your lungs for as long as you can, without forcing and then breathe out through your nose.
According to Shiva Samhita,
“The yogi who practices the Raven’s Beak in the morning and at sunset, frees himself from all diseases. This practice leads to obtaining clairvoyance and other miraculous powers.”
The Yogic tradition speaks about five vital breaths (prana or the force of life). It is said that, just like a king empowers certain authorities to govern territories of his kingdom, in the same way the primordial prana contains four other types of prana, each designated to coordinate specific functions in the body.
Of all these five types of prana, the primordial prana (which has an ascendant direction) and apana (which has an descendent direction) are the most important.
Tantra Yoga aims to inverse the ‘natural’ course of apana, making it unite with prana, thus producing a complete transformation of the being.
The distribution of prana (absorbed through the lungs) into the five types of vital energy takes place during the retention, after inhaling the air. This process may also be the support for profound meditations.
Imagine the air coming in through your nostrils as if it were less thick than water. Pour it into the inferior part of your abdomen, as if it were a vessel. When this breath is complete, move on to the retention and imagine that all the openings of your body (ears, eyes, nose, mouth and anus) are shut.
Imagine the prana circulating to the five parts of the body. Try to visualize this process with your mind’s eye. While in retention, try to take out the best and most valuable parts of the air you have inhaled. Then breathe out imagining how all impurities and physical disorders leave your body and go back into the earth in order to be purified and regenerated.
Breath control is essential for correctly practicing the Tantric and Taoist ways of lovemaking. These breathing techniques should never be practiced immediately after having a meal or after great physical effort.
You should always be aware of your individual breathing pattern. You should not be afraid of the force of your breath. On the contrary, aim to learn how to use it in a careful and conscious manner. By being aware of your own pattern of breathing, as well as of your lover’s, you will become closer to ecstasy.
“The wise man does not talk about the capacity of uttering words, about sight, hearing, or meditation; he speaks only of the different types of prana that makes all these things possible. Because everything else is nothing but manifestations of prana.”