Breathe Qigong effectively? Answer for Qigong cultivators is here
How to breathe Qigong effectively? In fact, breath in Qigong is one of the most popular concerns of Qigong cultivators. In philosophy and reality, taking the breath is extremely important for the Qigong practitioners in every level. Therefore, knowing clearly about how to breathe Qigong exactly will lead the Qigong practitioners to the success in practicing Qigong.
Three Must-Known Lifeblood to Breathe Qigong Exactly
While getting used to Qigong practices, everybody knows that Qigong is the cultivation and integration of the body, breath, and mind. Thus, in practicing the breath in Qigong, there are also three points that play the significant role. They are considered as the life-blood of Qigong in general and of breathing Qigong in particular. They conclude the concentration of the mind, the relaxation of the whole body, and the soft and regular breath. As the result, three lifeblood create the balance of mind in cultivating Qigong.
The Basic Requirements for Qigong Cultivators to Breathe Qigong
Respectively, there are also three basic requirements in breathing Qigong.
First of all, it is to relax the whole body and maintain the comfortable state throughout the breath practices. And it is also compulsory to keep definite silence.
Second, to concentrate on the only one goal: Controlling the breath in order to absorb the Qi at the specific position on the body. Besides that, it is vital to keep the mind calm and focus on the inner-self.
Third, to control the mind. It means to breathe by the diaphragm softly and comfortably. Maintaining the regular and natural breath is the best.
After completing three basic requirements in Qigong breath, the Qigong cultivators can create the mental blockage, mouth blockage, and mind blockage. It means the Qigong practitioners have the blockage with the external factors.
In fact, the above three requests are closely connected to each other. For details, concentrating on the mind leads to the control of the breath; the relaxing and calmness make the breath regular and soft, the absolute silence is the solid basis for the mind’s concentration. Finally, if the Qigong practitioners take the soft and regular breaths, they will be really relaxed.
The Detail Guidance to Breathe Qigong Effectively
Based on the principles and the requirement of taking the breath in Qigong, A Buddhist shows you the way to breathe Qigong easily and usefully.
1. Relaxing The Whole Body
Cultivating or relaxing the whole body in Qigong practices means to choose the suitable positions flexibly that makes the Qigong practitioners feel the most comfortable. Each Qigong cultivators can pick up whichever the hand postures, foot postures, body postures they prefer to. There is only one requirement for them is to relax their muscles, and relaxing while maintaining the stability and harmony of the body.
2. Harmonizing The Breath
+General Information about Qigong Breath
According to Qigong’s philosophy, most of Qi are absorbed into the body by the nose. However, Qi can also come into the body by the hands, legs, fundament, or skin. By the conscious intention, the Qigong cultivators can absorb Qi by most of the above gateways.
+ The Role of Controlling The Breath in Practicing Qigong
In fact, controlling the breath is the method for harmonizing the mind or the concentration of the mind. Moreover, being the owner of the breath is very helpful for controlling the nervous system as well as having the positive influence on the viscera.
+ The Nature of Breath in Qigong
Taking the breath in Qigong is mainly by the diaphragm or the abdominal muscle. And the exact Qigong breath is very soft and regular.
+ The Main Methods of Harmonizing The Breath in Qigong
There are many methods to control and harmonize the breath in Qigong. In general, there are three popular methods of controlling the breath effectively in Qigong.
Method 1: Two-Period Breath
This method covers two periods in the breathing progress: inhaling process, exhaling process, and no pause between two periods.
+ Inhaling process: Inhaling slowly and softly without any sound or feel of the breath. While inhaling gradually, counting from one to five then exhaling slowly.
+ Exhaling process: Like the inhaling process, exhaling without any effort. Just paying attention to the sound of breath and try to soften the breath as much as possible so as to no more sound available in this process. While exhaling, counting from one to five again and being ready to inhale.
At this point, the first session of two-period breath is done. Continuously, repeating this process for 20 – 30 minutes.
Method 2: Three-Period Breath (Taking The Breath by The Diaphgram)
The purpose of this method is to help the mind more focused. In this practice, there are three periods: inhaling, pause, and exhaling.
+ Inhaling process: Inhaling and spread the air to the below Dantian, counting from one to five.
+ Pause process: At this step, counting from one to five again.
+ Exhaling process: Like the inhaling process, counting from one to five and concentrating on the below Dantian.
Repeating again for 20 – 30 minutes.
Method 3: Four-Period Breath
This method consists of four sessions. It is quite more complex than the above methods. Hereby the detail introduction.
Session 1: Inhaling regularly and deeply, the chest and the belly ballon. Especially, the belly must be hard and the flow of air spreads into at the end of the lungs.
Session 2: Holding the breath and keeping on inhaling more. The diaphragm and chest’s muscle are tightened as much as possible. This technique aims at improving the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide and strengthening the tolerance of the body and human’s will.
Session 3: Exhaling naturally and comfortably, and relaxing all the muscles. If you feel you are healthier, it means you breathe exactly.
Session 4: Being in deep relaxation. Then, using the autosuggestion technique by repeating this sentence: “My body is warm and hefty”.
Generally, the Qigong cultivators should take 15 times of breath.
3. Cultivating The Mind
This is the most complex but subtle method in Qigong practices. The best way to practice is to have the experienced Master guide the Qigong cultivators at the beginning level. Before practicing this method, it is vital to make preparation well.
- Knowledge: Having the basic knowledge about the nadis system, Dantian, human’s psychology.
- Time and Place: Considering the quiet and fresh atmosphere. It would be better to practice in the place that is not affected by the polluted air or severe weather conditions. The best atmosphere for cultivating the mind should be pure and clean, making the Qigong cultivators feel the most relaxed.
- Healthy Diet: Healthy diet plays the important role in the Qigong practitioners’ health. Simply, a healthy mind is only in a healthy body.
- Conscious Mind: This is an important factor for the success of cultivating the mind. It means each Qigong cultivators must have the right mindfulness, determination, and diligence.
At the beginning level, the Qigong cultivators can consider the following guidance. It is not too difficult to practice.
- First of all, you must remove all of the disturbing or wandering thoughts.
- Second, paying attention to a specific position in the body and just focusing on this thing. No thinking about anything else. Making effort to maintaining this concentrative state as long as possible.
- Third, becoming in the higher level of controlling the mind. It means you are no longer aware of any sound, any image, anything around you.
In conclusion, although it sounds easy to breathe Qigong, it requires effort and diligence to take it exactly and effectively. However, you are totally able to practice the Qigong’s breath successfully after a long time. Practices make perfect, as long as you practice the right methods.