For someone like me, however, I find that I need to let go of controlled, "yang" breathing techniques at times because I have control-freak tendencies to begin with and these techniques just reinforce that, I believe. I need to balance that with times when I just allow my body to breathe at its own pace and watch that breath. It's a challenge for someone like me to be "yin" and just allow the body to breathe without my interference! Once I start observing my breath, I find that I have to be very careful not to start controlling when the next breath comes. It's a good challenge, though.
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