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.”
Diaphragm Breathing Techniques are at the Heart of Health + Well-being
Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 2 of 6
Breathing well can positively impact your health and well-being more than any other single exercise. However, there are many misconceptions about breathing–most of which start with the belief that the lungs are responsible for oxygenating the body. In actuality, the diaphragm is the engine of the breathing cycle.
In this article, we’ll consider how we can enhance breathing through techniques that target the diaphragm. Once you have some practice, you can then move on to the following three articles that will further help you develop a whole-body, deep breathing for a healthy body and a healthy mind.
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.