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Circular breathing can be done and used in many different ways. Circular breathing is when one inhales while the other exhales and vice versa. Simplicity in its practice but yet can be intense emotionally.

Circular Breathing may sound simple but can even be difficult for people who struggle with remaining mindful and intimacy. The practice is a Tantric breathing technique that brings two people in sync and builds bonds and intimacy between them.

What is Circular Breathing?

Circular breathing creates a flow of energy between you and your partner. This energy then can be directed to a place in the body connecting them. For example, the energy can be sent between each others hearts connecting and opening each other up to a more loving experience. The intimacy and connection to each other in that present moment and the circular flow it creates is powerfully intimate.

The intimacy and presence required and created by this exercise can turn this simple exercise into a difficult one for many for various reasons. Even if you have been successful in the past and struggle currently with this exercise, many day-to-day things like stress can weaken one’s ability to remain present enough to complete a circular breathing exercise.

I say this not to scare you from trying this, but to be mindful that this is more challenging than it seems and to be understanding of yourself or your partner if this exercise becomes a challenge.


Circular breathing can be done at anytime and any place, just as long as you are able to breath fully without restrictions. It can be an exercise on its own or an addition to other activities like meditation, sex, or other exercises like eye gazing. Just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Lay, sit, or stand facing each other.
  2. Each take 3 deep cleansing breaths together.
  3. Start by breathing together until you are in sync. circular breathing
  4. Once in sync, pause your breath after the last exhale and wait to inhale until your partner exhales. circular breathing
  5. Continue to breathe like this for as long as possible.
  6. If you fall out of sync, that’s ok, just repeat steps 3 and 4.


  1. Touching in any way is ok and encouraged
  2. Direct the breath on the inhale to your own heart or genitals
  3. Eye gazing is a good enhancement
  4. Try it before, during, and/or after sex
  5. Try doing it nude


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David Fishman

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