Breathing Techniques for a Healthy Body + a Healthy Mind
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 5 of 6
Over the last four articles, we’ve deconstructed deep breathing techniques to activate various parts of the body. If you’ve been practising, it’s now time to integrate everything into one whole, spherical breath for the most effective and powerful potential health benefits.
Breathing Techniques for a Healthy Heart + Kidneys
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 4 of 6
Deep, internal breathing has many dimensions and benefits as I discuss in my feature article on Tao diaphragm breathing, which I recommend reading before moving on to these more advanced breathing techniques that target the kidneys and upper back. Everything you have learned so far remains in the programme: the diaphragm, belly and sides of the body are active, and now we’ll add a nice massage for the kidneys and back of the heart. The exercises that follow will not only help relax and calm any anxieties but, when practised over time, can also contribute to a healthy mind and body.
As we discussed, the chest should not rise and fall while breathing. Many of my students have commented, “Surely, if the chest doesn’t move it’ll become stagnant and blocked”! Well, just because the chest doesn’t rise and fall doesn’t mean it does not move! The classic Chinese phrase is, “One part moves, all parts move.”
Breathing Well Is the Single Best Exercise You Can Do for a Healthy Body + a Healthy Mind
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 1 of 6
Breathing exercises can be extremely versatile. They can be used in many ways: to open up the insides of your body, increase blood flow and cultivate life-force energy, and as an internal organ massage, doorway into meditation and vehicle for making the body conscious. One of the most practical functions of deep breathing techniques is releasing the nerves to prepare your body for your exercise, which will optimise your training results. Even if you do not have a regular exercise practice, you can use deep breathing techniques just a few minutes each day to start improving your current state of health.
In this how-to video, I’ll show you techniques for deep breathing into your kidneys. In Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are regarded as the door to your life-force energy. If you feel tired or depleted, a few minutes of kidney breathing can be revitalising, and help you clear any stagnant or blocked qi.