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.
- 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____
- 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.
- 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.
- Neutral position (5 seconds): Focus on One-Point.
- 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.
- Inhalation (20 seconds): Close your mouth and inhale through your nose. When you can inhale no more, return «to Neutral Position.
- 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.
- 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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