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Three Diaphragm Breath Enquiry

by Vidyamala (2019)

This is talk 3 of 13 talks and led meditations given on the Path to Insight Retreat at Taraloka, July 2019. This retreat was offered to women who are training for Ordination and Order Members. The talks are available to all.

Vidyamala leads a detailed meditation investigating the felt experience of embodied breathing. She pays close attention to three diaphragms particularly associated with whole-body breathing: the pelvic diaphragm in the pelvic floor; the main thoracic diaphragm between the abdominal and chest cavities; and the vocal diaphragm at the back of the mouth and top of the windpipe. She guides an exploration that allows all three diaphragms to be soft and receptive to the flow of breathing, like gently swinging doors. This is followed by a lightly guided meditation.