Part 3: Supercharge Phase

The purpose of this phase is to build a higher energetic/vibrational state to charge up the energy around their intention of what they want.

Supercharge two round example

In the download area on this page download the .mp3 music file. This is a guidance of the Supercharge phase and Release phase you can listen to and practice along with the script you dowloaded in the previous section.   

Level Of Vibrational Energy (L.O.V.E).

We mentioned in the Intention phase of starting to bring in the feeling of gratitude to raise your L.O.V.E. It’s just not going to work to manifest a desired outcome, when your energy is low, you will have self-doubt and lack confidence.

We are helping them create a memorable imagined experience that embeds a strong imprint in their subconscious.  We want to build their confidence up to the point that they firmly believe they have all the resources they need to do this. This will become a subconscious anchor to motivate them moving forward.

Rhythmic breathing

In the first round of rhythmic breathing you will do the 2:4 (2secs in, 4secs out) relax breath and the second round the 4:4 breath with the 3rd round 4:4, 2:2.

There are no pauses after the exhale and inhale. It is smooth and consistent breathing just like the movement of a swing.

Your quality of thought is also linked to breath. Erratic breathing leads to erratic thinking. Smooth consistent breathing leads to coherent thought – this has been shown by studies from Heart Math Institute.

The effect of this type of breathing is an elevation of your vibrational and emotional energy. Through a higher vibration and emotional quality, negative emotions can be released and cleansed from the body, and the ability to attract and manifest your intentions is increased.

The rhythmical breathing phase hyper-oxygenates the body, bringing in more oxygen and blowing out more carbon dioxide than normal. This alters the pH of the blood stream and creates a stronger electromagnetic field and current to flow through the body.

This type of ‘diaphragmatic’ breathing also moves the largest lymph gland in the body, creating a powerful cleansing effect.

Remember: Make sure you remind your class to breathe in through the nose and out through the nose. It can be okay to exhale through the mouth, especially when you get to the 2:2 breath.

Pelvic floor pulse

Contracting the pelvic floor muscles on the in-breath acts like a pump activating the root chakra (Muladhara) and the sexual energy from the sacral chakra (Svadhisthana) throughout the rhythmic breathing process. The gradual progression of the experience through repetition of the routine over the session duration can create a strong gamma wave stimulation and heightened ecstatic states of consciousness. Powerful emotional releases can occur, negative imprints from the past can be cleared, and what we call ‘divine downloads’ that are moments of deep insight and moments of inspirations makes this experience truly unforgettable. 

Out-breath retention (Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka)

Just before the breath retention phase you extend your exhale. This allows you to tap into the power of the vagus nerve, switch off stress and connect with your subconscious mind during the breath retention phase.

The translation of the Sanskrit word ‘Kumbhaka’, is actually ‘Breath Retention’. There are two types of Kumbhaka that can be performed, Sahita (where the out or in-breath is held intentionally) and Kavala (more like a respiratory stillness).

In SOMA we use mainly Sahita Kumbhaka which consists of Antara Kumbhaka (retention after an in-breath) and the ancient pranayama kumbhaka breathwork technique called Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka, ‘holding your out-breath beyond the comfort zone’.

Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka – The Secret Tool Of The Super Human Yogi’s.

Life is a series of inhales and exhales. Your thoughts are excited by breath. When you press pause on your breath, you press pause on life itself. Your mind becomes still and your thought files reassemble. You go into the deepest meditative state. It is like pressing defrag on your computer when it becomes slow and cluttered in order to make it run faster. Pausing your breath is your personal defrag button if done in the right way.

Your brainwaves drop into low alpha and you become more at one with your subsconscious mind. Your power of intention and self hypnosis is dramatically increased when you pause your breath.

When you hold your out breath for long enough, you trigger a positive stress response in the body so that it adapts to a low oxygen environment. This leads to the production of more red blood cells, new blood vessels, and even dormant parts of your brain waking up. It has an overall strengthening effect over your body.

A side effect of this process is generating heat in the body. It is actually the same technique used by Himalayan yogis to survive extremely cold conditions. Getting the dose of kumbhaka correct is very important. From a scientific perspective his is known as Intermittent Hypoxia. Too much hypoxia for too long can lead to more harm than good. Too little and it will not work at all.

A pulse oximeter will show you that you actually have a lot more oxygen than you perhaps thought. For most people, unless you have a serious lung problem, such as COPD, your SPO2 levels are usually around 97-100% and remains that high even after holding your breath for 30-45 seconds, the time on average you will feel the first urge to breathe again.

To trigger the positive stress response that brings the positive health benefits of Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka you need to reach a target of 85% SPO2 or less, that requires you to hold your breath around 1min:30s or more. To really experience the full benefits of Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka your breath retention time needs to be 2-3 minutes to give enough time for the stem cells to proliferate and move around the body.

You may now be wondering how do you hold your breath for that long? Surely that’s impossible and you would die! However learning how to override this sense of fear and being able to calm the reptilian brain you can liberate yourself from an overactive protective instinct of the subconscious mind.

It is actually very possible to hold your breath for several minutes. The current world record is 24 minutes, set by Aleix Segura Vendrell from Barcelona. The method free divers like Aleix would use is to breathe pure oxygen first to eliminate as much carbon dioxide as possible from the body.

It is your carbon dioxide levels that signals your brain to breathe again, not the lack of oxygen. The yogis somehow knew this thousands of years ago and so would use rapid rhythmic breathwork to breathe in more oxygen and to breathe out as much carbon dioxide as possible before practicing Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka. This ‘tricks’ your brain into allowing you to hold your breath for even longer.