Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | April 2, 2009

Breathing

Learning how to breathe correctly is one of the best lessons tai chi can teach you. In through the nose, out through the nose. Don’t stop, long and steady. Breathe down to the dan tien. Use the diaphram; this acts like a vacuum sucking more oxygen deep into your body. But don’t force it, don’t overexpand your belly or crunch when breathing out. All just very natural. In fact, I love to breathe myself to sleep!

Breathing this way is very healthy for you, and in taoist thought, there is an alchemy that takes place. The breath acts like a billows, stoking the low flame of the dantien which cooks or steams your natural essences, jing, into chi. This metaphor is a metaphor for a true process which we don’t quite understand or can explain, but, anecdotally, it works.

So, don’t forget to breathe! You’d be amazed at how many people do!

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