Now it is time to use the five breaths as a series before meditating. They are truly effective and become more so as a habit is established. I am convinced that they also balance the energies of the 5 elements in the body.
Begin with The Earth Breath associated with the first chakra at the base of the spine:
Inhale and exhale 5 times through the nose at your individual slow pace with the concentration of security and stability and the color red for the first chakra.
Continue with The Water Breath associated with the second chakra:
Inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth 5 times with the concentration of enfoldment and/or nurturing of self or others. The color orange or coral can be used here for the second chakra.
Then continue with The Fire Breath associated with the third chakra at the solar plexus:
Inhale through the mouth and exhale through the nose 5 times with the concentration of vitality and passion; the color choices are yellow or gold for the third/solar plexus chakra.
And then The Air Breath associated with the fourth or heart chakra:
Inhale and exhale 5 times through the mouth with the concentration of respect and equality and the color green for the fourth/heart chakra.
The Ether Breath associated with the fifth or throat chakra with practice will take you into meditation.
Inhale and exhale 5 times simultaneously through the nose and the mouth as quietly and subtly as possible. The concentration is communion with The Inner Teacher and the color blue for the fifth/throat chakra.
The more familiar we become with the breaths the higher in meditation they can take us. There is a learning curve to establish comfort and after that is established each breath can take us higher in consciousness.
I highly recommend this video listed below. It is short and elegant. It does not include the breaths—it gives graceful, easy movements to activate and harmonize the Chi. This brief video feels right to me at introducing movements of the 5 Elements—this is different from the Polarity Yoga I learned at The International School of Polarity Therapy, yet it is quite similar. AND, it has portions of many movements that are from Blue Sky Healing that I practiced on Kuia in Hawaii.