Practice of Ki Breathing

Begin ki breathing by practicing for 5 minutes at a time, working up to 10 or 20 minutes. Work towards a goal of a minimum of 30 minutes, ideally at the same time (or times) each day.

Tohei recommends breathing for 15 minutes before sleeping and 15 minutes after getting up in the morning.

  1. Neutral position: Sit in seiza with lower back curved in, leaning slightly forward. Place your mind at your One-Point. Take a full breath, then____
  2. Exhalation: Exhale slowly through your mouth. Use a soft haaaaa sound. This gently controls the flow of breath with the back of the tongue. Spread the exhalation out over 20 seconds or more.
  3. When you can exhale no more, bend slightly forward from your One-Point. This compresses the diaphragm and allows you to exhale any remaining air.
  4. Neutral position (5 seconds): Focus on One-Point.
  5. When out of air, imagine that you are still exhaling, that breath and ki are extending out to the ends of the universe and beyond, but curving into a return path.
  6. Inhalation (20 seconds): Close your mouth and inhale through your nose. When you can inhale no more, return ¬ęto Neutral Position.
  7. Neutral position (5 seconds): Concentrating on One-Point, imagine that you are still drawing in breath and ki, that these are circling around your One-Point, gradually curving into a path from which they will travel out.
  8. When you can inhale no more, lean back very slightly from One-Point. This expands the diaphragm and allows you to take in a bit more air.

Breathe out so that your breath travels to heaven. Breathe in till the breath reaches your belly.

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