Huiyin and Anus Coordination

After you have practiced the abdominal exercises for about 3-5 weeks, you may feel your abdomen get warmer every time you practice. After continued practice, the abdomen will start to tremble and shake each time you start the fire. This means that Chi has accumulated at the Dan Tien and is about to overflow. At this time you should start to coordinate your breathing and abdominal movement with the movement of your Huiyin (literally "Meet the Yin") cavity and anus to lead the Chi to the tailbone (Weilu cavity).

The technique is very simple. If you are doing the Buddhist breathing, every time you inhale, gently expand your Huiyin and anus, when you exhale you hold them up gently. If you are doing the Taoist breathing, the movement of the Huiyin and anus is reversed: when you inhale you gently hold them up and when you exhale, you gently push them out. This up and down practice with the anus is called "Song Gang" and "Bih Gang" (loosen the anus and close the anus). When you move your Huiyin and anus, you must be relaxed and gentle, and must avoid all tension. If you tense them, the Chi will stagnate there and will not be able to flow smoothly.

Buddha Breathing

Taoist: B-Inhale A-Exhale

Buddhist: A-Inhale B-Exhale

Taoist: B-Inhale A-Exhale

Buddhist: A-Inhale B-Exhale

Figure 3-33. Taoist and Buddhist breathing

The trick of holding up and loosening the Huiyin and anus is extremely important in Nei Dan Chi Kung. It is the first key to changing the body from Yin to Yang and from Yang to Yin. The bottom of your body is where the Conception (Yin) and Governing (Yang) Vessels meet. It is also the key to opening the first gate, which will be discussed next.

D. The Three Gates

There are three places along the course of the Small Circulation where the Chi is most commonly stagnant. Before you can fill up the Conception and Governing Vessels and circulate Chi smoothly, you must open these three gates, called "San Guan" in Chinese. The three gates are:

a. Tailbone (Weilu in Chi Kung and Changqiang in acupuncture)(Figure 3-34):

Because there is only a thin layer of muscle on the tailbone, the Chi vessel there is narrow, and can easily be obstructed. Once you have built up a lot of Chi in the Lower Dan Tien and are ready to start circulating it, the tailbone cavity must be open, or the Chi might flow into the legs. Since you are only a beginner, you might not know how to lead the Chi back to its original path. If the Chi stagnates in the legs it could cause problems, perhaps even paralysis of the legs. This danger can be prevented if you sit with your legs crossed during meditation, which will

Fengfu (Gv-16) (Yuhjeen)

Fengfu (Gv-16) (Yuhjeen)

Changqiang (Gv-1) (Weilu)

Chi Kung Solar Plexus Point

Figure 3-34. The Changqiang (Weilu), Lingtai (Jargi), and Fengfu (Yuhjeen) cavities

Changqiang (Gv-1) (Weilu)

Figure 3-34. The Changqiang (Weilu), Lingtai (Jargi), and Fengfu (Yuhjeen) cavities narrow the Chi path from your Dan Tien to the legs and prevent Chi from overflowing downward.

To prevent this kind of problem, you must know one of the important tricks which is called "Yii Yi Yiin Chi"(*l) which means "use your Yi to lead your Chi." Please pay attention to the word "LEAD." Chi behaves like water - it can be led, but it cannot be pushed. The more you intend to push Chi, the more you will tense, and the worse the Chi will circulate. Therefore, the trick is to ALWAYS PLACE YOUR YI AHEAD OF YOUR CHI. If you can catch this trick, you will find that the Chi can get through the tail-bone cavity in just a few days.

Because there are two big sets of muscles in the back beside the Governing Vessel, whenever there is extra Chi flowing through, these muscles will be slightly energized. The area will feel warm and slightly tense. Sometimes the area will feel slightly numb. All of these verify that Chi ____has been led to that point._

b. Squeeze the Spine (Jargi in Chi Kung, Mingmen in the martial arts, and Lingtai in acupunc-tureXFigure 3-34):

The Jargi gate is located between the sixth and seventh thoracic vertebrae, in back of the heart. If the Jargi is blocked and you circulate Chi to it, part of the Chi will flow to the heart and over-stress it. This will generally cause the heart to beat faster.. If you become scared and pay attention to the heart, you are using your Yi to lead more Chi to it. This will make the situation worse.

The trick of leading Chi through this cavity is to NOT pay attention to your heart, though you should be aware of it. Instead, place your Yi a few inches above the Jargi. Since Chi follows the Yi, the Chi will pass through without too much effort.

You can easily tell when the Chi is passing between the tailbone and the neck, because the muscles will feel numb, tense, or warm.

c. Jade Pillow (Yuhjeen in Chi Kung and Fengfu in acupunctureXFigure 3-34):

The Jade Pillow cavity is the last gate which you must open. The cavity is so named because it is located in that part of your head which rests on the pillow, which the Chinese liked to make out of jade. There is not much muscle in this area, and so the path of the Governing Vessel is narrow, and easily constricted. This lack of muscle creates another problem. Because most of the spine is surrounded by layers of muscle, it is easy to gauge where the Chi is because of the response of the muscles. However, from the Jade Pillow up over the head there is very little muscle, and it is harder to tell what is happening with the Chi. This is especially confusing for beginners, but if you take it easy and proceed carefully, you will soon learn to recognize the new clues. For some people, when the Chi passes through the Jade Pillow cavity it feels like insects walking over their heads. Other people feel numbness or itching.

Be very conscientious when you move Chi through this area. If you do not lead the Chi in the right path, the Chi may spread over your head. If it is not kept near the surface, it may enter your brain and affect your thinking. It is said that this can sometimes even cause permanent damage to the brain.

E. Breathing and Chi Circulation

In Chi Kung, breathing is considered your strategy. Although there is only one goal, there can be many strategies. It is the same as when you are playing chess with someone. Although you both have the same goal, and want to checkmate the other's king, there are many different ways you can go about it. Chinese Chi Kung has developed at least 13 different strategies or methods of training. It is hard to say which is the best breathing strategy. It depends on the individual s understanding, the depth of his Chi Kung practice, and his training goals.

When you train using your breathing to lead the Chi, you should always pay attention to several things. The first is keeping the tip of your tongue touching the roof of your mouth (Figure 3-35). This connects the Yin (Conception) and Yang (Governing) Vessels. This process is called "Da Chyau," which means "building a bridge." This allows the Chi to circulate smoothly between the Yin and Yang vessels. The bridge also causes your mouth to generate saliva, which keeps your throat moist during meditation. The area beneath the tongue where saliva is generated is called Tian Chyr (heavenly pond).

The second thing you need to pay attention to is the strength of your Yi, and how effectively it is leading the Chi. The third thing is how much your Shen is able to follow the breathing strategy. It is said: "Shen Shyi Shiang Yi,"(*2) which means "spirit and breathing mutually rely on each other." As long as the Chi can be led effectively and the Shen can be raised strongly while the body is relaxed and the mind calm, the breathing strategy is being effective.

We would like to recommend several breathing strategies which are commonly used to lead the Chi in training the Small Circulation.

a. Taoist Breathing Strategy:

As discussed earlier, Taoists use reverse breathing, whereby the abdomen draws in as you inhale, and expands as you exhale. This type of breathing reflects and augments the expanding and withdrawing of the Chi. As you exhale, the Chi can be expanded to the skin, the limbs, or even

Meditation Tongue Position
Figure 3-35. Tongue position in Chi Kung practice



Reverse Breathing

deep into the marrow. Reverse breathing is the natural way your body breathes when you want to get power out. Martial artists use this strategy of exhaling while the abdomen expands. The disadvantage of reverse breathing is that it is harder for beginners. When you do not do reverse breathing correctly, you will feel tension in your abdomen and a buildup of pressure in your solar plexus. This significantly affects the Chi circulation. To avoid this, it is highly recommended that Chi Kung beginners start with Buddhist breathing. Only when breathing this way is easy, natural, and comfortable should you switch to the Taoist reverse breathing.

There are two common ways to use the Taoist breathing to lead the Chi for Small Circulation, one with two inhalations and exhalations per cycle, and the other with one inhalation and exhalation per cycle.

i. Two Breath Cycle (Figure 3-36):

In your first inhale, lead the Chi to the Lower Dan Tien; when you exhale, lead the Chi from the

Breathing Cycle Chinese
Figure 3-37. One breath Taoist breathing cycle

Lower Dan Tien to the tailbone. As you inhale again, lead the Chi from the tailbone up along the spine to the level of the shoulders, and as you exhale, lead the Chi over the head to the nose to complete the cycle.

ii. One Breath Cycle (Figure 3-37):

On the exhale, lead the Chi from the nose to the tailbone, and on the inhale, lead the Chi from the tailbone to the nose to complete the cycle. In Taoist breathing, the inhalation is always used to lead Chi from the tailbone up the spine. If you try to do this with the exhalation, then you will be pushing the Chi, and not leading it.

Continue reading here: B Buddhist Breathing Strategy

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