Thursday, 9 February 2012

Qi Gong Breathing Exercises |

Qi Gong Breathing Exercises Photo Credit yoga posture at the beach image by Dev from

Qi Gong, also spelled Chi Kung and Chi Gong, is thought to have its origins 4,000 years ago in the times of the Tang Yao dynasty in China, according to Xu Xiangcai, in his article called "History of Qigong" published on the Innerself website. Qi Gong breathing exercises can help relieve hypertension and bring fresh, new oxygen into your body that helps you feel more energized. It is a very soft form of exercise that is recommended for children, adults and elders alike, and it is simple enough to practice almost anywhere.

Stomach Breathing

Lie down face up with your arms by your hips and palms facing up. Completely relax your entire body and remain with your legs slightly apart from each other. Inhale through your nose letting your diaphragm lower, giving more space for your lungs to intake oxygen, according to the website The Flow. Notice how this makes your stomach rise. Exhale through your mouth and relax your body even more. Repeat this sequence of breaths for at least five minutes or as long as you feel comfortable. It helps to keep your eyes closed in order to remain focused on the breath.

Exhaling Longer Than Inhaling

Sit down with your spine straight and your legs crossed comfortably or lie down on a flat and comfortable surface. Close your eyes and relax your body. Begin inhaling through your nose for a count of four seconds and hold the air in for two seconds. Exhale slowly also through your nose for a count of eight to 10 seconds, or until your lungs are completely empty. Hold a pause for three seconds and repeat the sequence.
According to the website Green Way Research, compiled by Michael P. Garofalo, this breathing pattern can help lower blood pressure and promote a feeling of calmness by letting the parasympathetic nervous system dominate.

Circular Breathing

According to the website Chi Kung Unlimited, chi kung breathing exercises bring mental alertness and clarity since they supply enough oxygen to nourish the brain, which uses up to 80 percent of oxygen intake.
Sit, stand or lie in a comfortable position and make sure your spine is straight. Take a deep inhale through your nose and exhale also through your nose, allowing the air to flow out naturally. Begin your next inhale with a smooth turnaround, leaving no pause between your inhales and your exhales. Continue this sequence of breaths for at least five minutes, and if you feel light-headed, take slower and deeper breaths.


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