The Abdoment Breathing - Stage 1
The abdomen breathing is one of the best qi gong techniques to cleanse the meridians and balance the yinyang.
Most of us are used to chest breathing. Therefore, it may be difficult to change to abdominal breathing immediately. But the following method can make the technique easier.
Stand upright and relaxed with your feet fairly close together.
Place one hand on your middle energy field, about two inches below your navel.
Place your other hand over it. Open your mouth slightly. Then dispel all irrelevant thoughts. It is important to have an 'empty heart' throughout this exercise.
With both palms, press your abdomen in one smooth continuous movement for four counts (about four seconds). Make sure that you do not breathe in as you press your abdomen. Hold that position for two counts. Then release the pressure of your palms in one smooth continuous movement for four counts, thus allowing your abdomen to return to its original position. Hold for two counts.
This process of pressing, holding, releasing, holding, constitutes one breathing unit, or one breath; and it takes ten counts (about ten seconds). Start with ten breaths for each practice session, and gradually increase by one or two breaths. Do not worry about your breathing yet. At this stage, it will be natural or spontaneous, but remember not to breathe in as you press your abdomen.
After pressing and releasing your abdomen about 10-20 times, drop your hands to your sides and stand still with your eyes closed for about five minutes. Practise this twice daily for at least two weeks before proceeding to the next stage.
Advanced Stages of Abdomen Breathing
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