All you need to successfully astral project is a few astral travel techniques. With some practice, you will soon be able to astral travel and explore other astral planes.
While some people are able to astral project anywhere at any time, you will probably need all the peace and quiet that are available to you the first time you attempt to astral travel. I suggest you follow these astral travel techniques in your bedroom, alone, either before falling asleep or just as you wake up.
You should wear loose comfortable clothing or no clothing at all and you should cover yourself with a sheet or light blanket because your body temperature will decrease slightly once your body falls asleep.
Some suggest that you align your body with the magnetic field of the earth, with your head pointing north and your feet pointing south. This may be why many of the astral projection experts suggest avoiding travel during electrical storms. While this may be helpful, I have astral travelled with my body in other directions.
Turn off the light, close the curtains, close the door, unplug the phone and if you have roommates (or a family), let them know that you don't want to be disturbed.
Sure, you know how to breathe... Now you simply have to focus on your breathing and relax. The following is an example of a breathing technique you can use. These astral travel techniques will work if you practice regularly. It should take you about 5 minutes to complete this section, so don't rush it.
Lie down on your bed in a comfortable position without crossing your arms or legs. You will have to stay in this position for an extended period of time, so make sure it's very comfortable.
I recommend lying on your back with legs slightly open, and your arms parallel to your body, but not touching. Place your palms in a comfortable position. Palms up works best for me.
Close your eyes and breathe in. As you exhale, focus on the movement of your chest. Enjoy it. Take your time. Feel what happens to your chest when you breathe in. Feel the expansion.
Now focus on your stomach as you exhale, and feel the effects of your breath. With every breath, try to see how each part of your body reacts. When you reach your toes, take a few deep breaths before moving on to the muscle relaxation technique.
So you've completed the breathing relaxation, now it's time to relax your muscles but you still need to focus on your breathing as you relax your muscles. This section is an important part of these astral travel techniques and it should take another 5 minutes.
Breathe in and contract all muscles in your feet. Breathe out and relax. Breathe in and out again, ensuring all your muscles are relaxed. Now move up to your ankles. Breathe in and flex your ankles. Feel the tension, then breathe out and relax.
Take a couple of breaths and move up to the calves. Continue with your legs, bum, stomach, arms, fingers, neck and last but not least: your face. Everyone carries tension on their face without even knowing it. Make sure that you let your eyebrows and jaw relax.
It's now time for the tricky part of these astral travel techniques. This is normally when I fall asleep... You should try to remember that the goal is to trick your body into thinking that you are falling asleep while keeping your mind awake. The best way to create this illusion is to maintain focus on your breathing while imagining your body getting heavier and heavier with every breath. Your goal is to sink into a state of total emptiness.
My favorite trick is to imagine myself at the top of a very long ladder. With every breath I take, I picture myself going down one rung, and my body getting a little heavier. After a few rungs, I always feel the urge to move my body, but I have to resist. Whether you feel itchy or uncomfortable, the feeling will go away if you keep focusing on your breathing.
You must master these prepration steps before exploring the astral plane and meeting your astral projection guide. You can also learn astral projection techniques.