Normal Abdominal Breathing

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Neutral (inhalation and exhalation equal length) Yin —Inhalation (Abdomen Expands, Huiyin Pushed Out Gently) Yang —Exhalation (Abdomen Withdraws, Huiyin Held Up Gently) Body Yin (inhalation longer than exhalation)

—Inhalation (Abdomen Expands, Huiyin Pushed Out Gently) —Exhalation (Abdomen Withdraws, Huiyin Relaxed) Body Yang (exhalation longer than inhalation)

—Inhalation (Abdomen Expands, Huiyin Pushed Out Gently) —Exhalation (Abdomen Withdraws, Huiyin Held Up Strongly)

3. Reverse Abdominal Breathing (Fan Fu Hu Xi, Ni Fu Hu Xi,

M« • igJt«^) "Reverse Abdominal Breathing" is also commonly called "Daoist Breathing" (Dao Jia Hu Xi, ) After you have mastered Buddhist Breathing, you should then start this breathing. It is called Reverse Abdominal Breathing because the movement of the abdomen is the reverse of Buddhist Breathing, in other words, the

Upper Dan Tian

Middle Dan Tian (Solar Plexus)

abdomen withdraws when you inhale and expands when you exhale (Figure 125). Relatively speaking, Buddhist breathing is more relaxed compared with Daoist breathing which is more aggressive. As a result, Daoist breathing can make the body more Yang (tensed Fire Path and excited) while Buddhist breathing makes the body more Yin (calm and relaxed)

Many people today falsely believe that the reverse breathing technique is against the Dao, or nature's path. This is not true. If you observe your breathing carefully, you will realize that we use reverse breathing in two types of situations.

First, when we have an emotional disturbance, we often use reverse breathing. For example, when you are happy and laugh with the sound "Ha, Ha, Ha_" ( "£-) you are using reverse breathing. While you are making this sound, your stomach or abdominal area is expanding. When this happens, your exhalation is longer than your inhalation, your Guardian Qi expands, and you become hot and sweaty. This is the natural way of releasing the excess energy in your body caused from excitement or happiness.

Also, when you are sad and you cry, making a sound of "Hen" (°f) while inhaling, your abdominal area is withdrawn. When this happens, your inhalation is longer than your exhalation, your Guardian Qi shrinks, and you feel cold and chilly. This is the natural way of preventing energy loss from inside your body. When you are sad, your Shen and your body's energy are low.

The second occasion in which we use reverse breathing is when we intend to energize our physical body, for example when pushing a car or lifting some heavy weight. In order to exert strenuous effort, you first must inhale deeply, and then exhale while pushing the object. If you pay attention, you will again see that you are using reverse breathing.

Upper Dan Tian

Middle Dan Tian (Solar Plexus)

Abdominal Breathing
Figure 1-25. Reverse Abdominal Breathing

Chapter 1: General Concepts Primary Qi Channel (Jing)

Chapter 1: General Concepts Primary Qi Channel (Jing)

Embryonic Breathing

Figure 1-26. In Normal Abdominal Breathing, a Majority of the Qi Circulates in the Primary Qi Channels

From the above discussion, we can generally conclude that when we are disturbed emotionally, or when we have a focused intention in our mind, for example to energize our physical body, we use reverse breathing naturally. After you have practiced for a while, you may discover that you can now lead the Qi to the skin more efficiently when you exhale than with the Buddhist method. Not only that, you may also discover that you are able to lead the Qi to the bone marrow. To help you understand this more clearly, let us take a comparison of the Normal Abdominal Breathing with the Reverse Abdominal Breathing and see how the Qi can be led in these two different breathing strategies.

In Normal Abdominal Breathing, the majority of Qi circulates in the primary Qi channels (Jing, which connect the internal organs to the extremities. Some Qi also spreads out through the secondary Qi channels (Luo, and reaches the skin and bone marrow (Figure 1-26) Since the majority of Qi is not led away from the primary Qi channels, the physical body is not energized and therefore the body remains relaxed. Therefore, Normal Abdominal Breathing is able to bring a beginning practitioner to a state of deep relaxation. Normal Abdominal Breathing (Kan) is able to make the body Yin, while Reverse Abdominal Breathing (Li) will cause the body to be Yang.

However, in Reverse Abdominal Breathing, the majority of Qi has been led side-

Primary Qi Channel (Jing)

Primary Qi Channel (Jing)

Bone Marrow Nei Kung

ways through the secondary Qi channels to the skin and also to the bone marrow, with the minority of Qi circulating in the primary Qi channels (Figure 1-27) As mentioned earlier, normally these Qi circulating behaviors are influenced by the emotional mind or intentional mind. Generally, patterns of Qi circulation related to the mind can be distinguished according to the breathing and emotional behavior. When you are excited and generate a sound of "Ha," exhalation is longer than inhalation. The Qi is led outward strongly to the skin surface from the primary Qi channels, the muscles are energized and you sweat. The Guardian Qi (Wei Qi, #rH) is strengthened and this will result in your body's becoming more Yang. However, if you are scared or sad while making the Hen sound, your inhalation will be longer than your exhalation. The Qi is led inward to the marrow from the primary Qi channels and the Guardian Qi is weakened. You will feel cold. Naturally, this will result in the body's being more Yin.

From this brief discussion, you can see that skin breathing (or body breathing) (Ti Xi, Fu Xi, It Mt • A ) can be done much more effectively and efficiently through Reverse Abdominal Breathing. Naturally, the marrow breathing (Sui Xi, can be reached more aggressively through Reverse Abdominal Breathing as well. Next, let us summarize some important concepts of Reverse Abdominal Breathing.

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  • jan
    What is abdominal breathing called?
    9 years ago
  • jarkko
    Why is exhalation longer than inhalation?
    9 years ago
  • trenton
    How bone marrow breathing?
    8 years ago
  • fnan
    How to do reverse abdominal breathing?
    8 years ago
  • hobson took-brandybuck
    Is yhe abdomen pushed out in normal breathing?
    8 years ago

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