Tag Archives: Exhalation

Tai Chi Chuan: Where Do I Start?


Good Question: “A Journey Of Thousand Miles Starts With the FIRST STEP

Only when you can control yourself you can be “In control”:

  • Control your breathing (practice abdominal breathing)
  • Control your balance (keep a low stance, with your knees flexed, and lower your center of gravity, which is the same middle area of the body from where abdominal breathing originates)
  • control your Chi and exhale upon acting ( In Tai chi the lowering of the arms is concomitant with exhalations inhale as you raise your arms, and exhale as you bring them down, always from the diaphragm, exhale as you push your diaphragm upwards to compress the lungs, which as a result release the air reach in carbon dioxide, and water vapors, result of the burning at cell level) Easier done than said….(will continue, now is time for me to meet the  outdoors, to run, jog, ride my bike, take photos, meet people.)

See you soon!

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Breath is a bridge between body and mind: Abdominal breathing is the most effective bridge


Brief descriptions: Below are brief descriptions of a broad range of breathing practices. These outlines give general descriptions, and are not intended to be complete instructions in doing the practices. To do the practices, it is important to have personal training, not merely relying on written words.

   Basics of breath 

Remember to build the foundation: First, you establish the basics of breathing. If you will quickly scan the topics listed in this section, immediately below, you will see that they are not so much breathing techniques as they are methods of establishing basic breath awareness, and elimination of irregularities. With breath training, one of the biggest mistakes is to skip the foundation, and go directly into the techniques themselves.

The science of breath
begins with awareness, 
and ends with awareness.

It begins and ends with awareness: Breath awareness is so important that, in a sense, you can say that the whole science of breath begins with awareness, and ends with awareness. Everything else, in the middle, is preparation for awareness.

The finest bridge between body and mind: Breath is a bridge between the body and the mind.

(Source: http://www.swamij.com/breath.htm)

Abdominal Breathing (Qigong Breathing)


Abdominal or Diaphragmatic_Breathing

Abdominal or Diaphragmatic_Breathing (click on picture to continue reading)

Abdominal Breathing

Animation of diaphragmatic breathing with the diaphragm shown in green

Qigong breathing in the manner of the water method of Taoist meditation is an exercise in relaxation.  Developing this skill requires patience and it should not be done in a forced manner.  To begin learning this way of breathing you can do it laying down.  When you are laying down, the chest and belly are relaxed.  As you inhale, you allow the diaphragm to move towards your abdomen to cause the belly and the sides of the body to expand.  Because of this movement in the abdominal region, this method is also called abdominal breathing.
Movement of the belly and the sides of the abdomen may be barely noticeable or uneven when you first start.  If, while you are practicing, you need a reminder for maintaining your breathing with your diaphragm, you can place a telephone book or some other large book on your belly and allow it to go up with your in-breath and down as you exhale.  Some find that placing of the hands on the belly works as well. You should work towards having smooth and even exhalations and inhalations, and relaxing into this pattern is the way to work towards that goal. Never exhale to more than 3/4 of your ability.                                   
(Source: http://www.qigonghealingarts.org/qigong-exercises/qigong-breathing)
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