Qigong “Bellows” Breathing

Qigong Deep Abdominal Breathing / Diaphragmatic /Bellows breathing

This healthy breathing with intention is your cornerstone of all Qigong practice. Master the breathing and you master Qigong.

Easy steps to Cultivate Qi using Qigong Bellows

  1. Place your hands on Dan Tien (men left hand on the lower  belly with right hand covering , women right hand on the lower belly with left hand covering)
  2. Check your stance for universal posture ( feet one and a half shoulder width apart, tuck the pelvis in, knees slightly bent, chin tucked ever so slightly in, tongue resting on the roof of your  mouth )
  3. Breathe in through your nose ( as you draw universal energy from nature you  expand your lower belly by diaphragm muscle moving downwards ). There is a moment where there is no breath in or out.                                                                                 On inhalation, fresh air is drawn into the lungs and oxygen is carried by the red cells to the tissues.            
  4. Breathe out through your nose ( as you release any negative thoughts and energy from your body, you contracting your abdomen  moving the diaphragm upwards ). Once again there is a moment where there is no breath in or out.                                                                                                                                                                 On exhalation, carbon dioxide, a waste product diffuses from the blood into the lung’s air  sacks and is expelled.
  5. Keep your attention on the breathe (this is your opportunity to take charge of your mind keep your mind on the breathe and your breathe in the belly).                 Awareness of the breathe is a constant feature of Qigong.

What’s in it for me?

  • your lymphatic system is activated increasing lymph flow
  • respiration becomes slower and relaxed
  • quality of breath becomes slow, long, deep, fine, even and tranquil
  • mood becomes unhurried
  • feeling the internal balance returns
  • internal organs are massaged keeping them healthy

One of the ancient names for Qigong , tu gu na xin, means expelling the old, drawing in the new. This is the foundation of Qigong breathing.

Tips To Successful Qigong breathing:

  • Remain relaxed and do not tense or restrict the chest.
  • Do not force the breath
  • Do not push or pull the breath , just let it go
  • Simply observe the breath without prolonging any part of it

Other pages of interest:

Tiandi Qigong

Shebashi Qigong

other Qigong exercises

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“The efficacy of  Qigong is determined by ones depth of quietness (ru jing) : the greater the tranquility the greater the benefits” 

Hu Bing chief physician of the Qigong department, Beijing Academy of Chinese Medicine