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The basic Purification Breathing Practice, also called the 20 Purification Breaths, consists of four inhalations and exhalations repeated five times.

This is best done in the morning before eating while standing in a relaxed position preferably in the open air or in front of an open window. The feet are stable on the ground, and the knees, shoulders, neck and jaws are loosened.

Inhalations and exhalations are done rhythmically in a restful, quiet manner, slower than the usual breath, yet slightly fuller. It is important to discover the natural rhythm of one’s breath. While inhaling and exhaling one’s thoughts are focused on receiving and radiating the Divine Power in Space which purifies and revivifies, and which inspires and enables the soul to unfold.

The thought to be kept constantly present in the mind is the following one, given by Pir-o-Murshid in his own words:

inhaling: I inhale Divine Light and Life
I radiate Divine Life and Light

If one is ill or feeling weak, this exercise can be done sitting or even lying down. In the case of delicate breathing organs or of any other internal problem, or if required for the purpose of improving the health, this practice is done twice a day, morning and evening; or even three times a day if necessary.

The practice concludes with the prayer Nayez.


Beloved Lord, Almighty God!
Through the rays of the Sun,
Through the waves of the air,
Through the All-pervading Life in space,
Purify and revivify me, and I pray,
Heal my body, heart and soul.

The concentration is on the pure energy of the Prana that is so beautifully described in the words of the Sufi prayer Nayaz. This prayer is done for purification and healing purposes as well as for inspiration and strength.
Pattern and Rhythm
This practice done with closed eyes. The breathing should be rhythmically regulated by a metronome set to 60 bpm, but the number of beats per breath is according to one's capacity, without strain or exaggeration.
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The prayer Nayaz is then recited.
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Murshid Inayat Khan

This description was provided by Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan and includes the instructions from his father, Inayat Khan. The image below is the original 1925 document.
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