Deep Breathing Techniques
for the Heart + Kidneys

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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.

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Deep Breathing Techniques
to Engage the Ribcage

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Paul Teaches Breathing Exercises

Deep Breathing Techniques, Lesson 3 of 6

The exercises offered in this blog follow on from my previous article, “Deep Breathing Techniques: The Diaphragm Is the Engine“.

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.”

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Deep Breathing Techniques:
The Diaphragm Is the Engine

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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.

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Breathing Is the Master:
How to Boost Results
of Physical Exercise

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Paul Cavel in the Hug-a-Tree Qi Gong Posture

I’ve written a lot about deep breathing techniques and offered several guided breathing practice sessions because we do it all day, every day. Learning how to breathe well therefore gives you the power to shift your state of mind and reinvigorate your body’s systems whenever you choose.

However, breathing well can go far beyond a little relaxation and peace of mind, and take health and well-being to the next level by boosting the results of any exercise programme. Starting with a few minutes of rhythmic, smooth and measured breathing can warm up the body and oxygenate the cells that comprise your muscles. While ending an exercise session by bringing your focus back to deep breathing can help you cool down and transit into your daily activities with a calm state of mind. Maintaining deep, diaphragm breathing throughout exercise helps generate relaxed power and stamina.

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