Basic & Secret Taoist Breathing Arts

"If you do not breathe correctly; you will not move correctly"

Email to a student about breathing arts:    Matteo,  This is part of Secret Taoist breathing. But “breathing” is the wrong word because the technique is based on learning to control the position and stretch of the diaphragm.

After you learn to stretch and control the flex of the diaphragm, then they push against specific muscle groups, and with practice, they push against other muscle groups– which ultimately creates a wave that you place where you want it to go.  it can add to a push up or a stretch- or whatever. The martial arts application is really fun.
Because you are so serious and love this stuff, and you love your hikes in nature outside of your beautiful Italian city, my suggestion is to put these “breathing” principles into every step you make. You will love it.
We’ll work on it in our Sunday class. Peace and light,
(Top = overview / bottom link = Begin training)

1. Study Material for EVERYONE

That's ancient history!

In ancient China, long before Taoists considered “ch’i” (qi) internal energy as a life energy source, ancient Taoists believed “breathing arts” held the secret to immortality as well as the gateway to advanced knowledge and special powers.

Click here to read John Blofeld’s notes on Taoist yogic & Breathing practices from The Secret and Sublime: Taoist Mysteries & Magic

2. What is Taoist Breath Training (for the beginner & Yogic practice (click to read basic stuff)

3.Secret Taoist Breathing Arts for the Martial Arts

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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.