The basis of the “breathing arts” taught by Chi-Arts instructors is conscious control over the diaphragm, rather than mere “breathing” techniques. First, the student learns to control the shape and tension of the diaphragm. In turn, the practitioner learns to use that position control and tension to willfully direct specific results. Second, the practice of “breathing arts” allows pressure to be directed to specific areas of the body for a variety of purposes. An example is directing the pressure from the diaphragm to the organs of the lower torso, or to the lower back. In other examples, pressure from the diaphragm is directed, through a bio-mechanical links/ connection to other areas such as the hips and, with sufficient training and safety protocols, to the shoulders, knees and other parts of the body such as the fingertips.
Temporary: Taoist Breathing, Lesson 2 (Breath 3)