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The thirty-six breaths 

Here is a simple breathing practice that restores balance to all of the functions within you:

Begin by counting your exhalations (“One, exhale, inhale.  Two, exhale, inhale.  Three, exhale, inhale,” And so on.)  Count until you have completed thirty-six breaths.  If you lose count, you can start again.  This can be done at one time or throughout the day, counting in four groups of nine.  Allow your breathing to unfold naturally.  In time, your breathing will automatically become deeper and more rhythmic.

 

Ref: The Touch of Healing  ~ Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte