Two-Stroke Breath to Connect the Subconscious and the Intuition

This is a 15-minute pranayama to connect the subconscious and the intuition. It calls for a 2-stroke inhale through the open mouth, and a 1-stroke exhale through the nose. 

The Practice

Posture & Mudra: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine. Bend your arms at the elbows so that your fingertips point upward. Place the hands, forearms, and elbows so that they all make one vertical line from elbow to fingertips. Keep them in line with your chest. Rest your upper arms against your side ribs. Place your hands in Gyan Mudra with the palms facing forward.

Sit very straight with fingers straight and with a precise touch. The forearms must be perpendicular to the floor and in line with the body.

Eyes: Eyes are nine-tenths closed and one-tenth open.

Breath: The breath is called Trinity Breath. Slightly pucker your lips and inhale powerfully in two-strokes through the mouth (1 second per stroke = 2 second inhalation). Exhale powerfully in one stroke through the nose (1 second).

two stroke breath

Continue for 15 minutes. To end, inhale deeply, put your hands together at the center of the chest in Prana Mudra with the forearms parallel to the ground. Hold your breath for 15-20 seconds as you press your hands together with all your strength. Press so powerfully that your hands shake. Exhale. Inhale, repeat the pressure on the hands and hold the breath for 15-20 seconds. Exhale. Then inhale and stretch your arms up over your head and stretch your spine strongly upward. Hold the breath 15-20 seconds Exhale and relax.


It’s a difficult exercise for many, but use your diaphragm and breathe the first two strokes of air powerfully to open the lungs. Use your breath to stimulate the pituitary. 

The pituitary, which is stimulated by focusing at the end of the nose, has to adjust. It takes some practice. But it may give you a strength which you never had before.

© 3HO. This kriya is courtesy of YB Teachings, LLC.

This kriya was originally taught on June 8, 1998.

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