Holding the breath (or breath retention) might seem counterintuitive to bringing more life force into your body; but in fact, suspending the breath brings you into a state of more flow.
When practicing breath retention, you are gradually reconditioning the nervous system. It allows for centering and training in the use of good judgement under pressure. On a suspended breath, you can experience shuniya—zero. Shuniya is a deep stillness into which you can plant a seed to create a new rhythm or pattern of being. In shuniya, the kundalini flows.
In the hatha yoga lineage, suspending the breath is called kumbhaka, and is said to increase overall respiration and carbon dioxide in the body, which has endless benefits, including:
When practicing breath retention, it's important to do so safely. If you feel dizzy, stop and try later. When holding the breath, it's important to keep the face, shoulders, stomach and entire body relaxed as much as possible.
Breath Retention on Inhale
Breath Retention on Exhale