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This morning it occurs to me that I wasn't very clear, about reverse breathing.

I believe it's based on this:
ilio-lumbar ligaments


In a bent-knee posture, the spine is supported by the horizontal ilio-lumbar ligaments in exhalation, and by the vertical ilio-lumbar ligaments in inhalation. When support is realized relative to the direction of breath, the abdomen moves slightly outward on exhalation, and slightly inward on inhalati

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Mark Foote
Post title: Comment on "Rotating the Lower Dan Tien", on Dao Bums
(Mar 14 2017 at 09:59 PM)

Sunrise before the stormWhat I see is that there are two mechanisms of support for the lower spine, one in the displacement of the fascia immediately behind the sacrum (by the mass of the extensors pressing rearward as they contract, usually in a natural alternation), and another in the displacement of the fascia behind the lower spine by pressure from the "fluid ball" of the abdomen (the te

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Mark Foote
Post title: Effort, Effortlessness, Reconciliation
(Mar 2 2017 at 11:10 AM)

Sunrise before the stormThis morning I found myself particularly focused on the part of Gautama's "way of living" that is the experience of zest in inhalation and exhalation, and similarly the experience of ease. He speaks of the body permeated and suffused with such feeling, so that no part of the body is left out.

To the extent that relaxation of the activity of

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