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A Complete Guide to the Dantian Breathing

The Complete Herbal Guide / Expert Shoshanna Katzman  / A Complete Guide to the Dantian Breathing
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A Complete Guide to the Dantian Breathing

Your Center of Healing

Meditating and breathing into a place two inches below your umbilicus is called Dantian breathing.  It is believed in Chinese Medicine that all healing emanates from the Dantian.  It is therefore important to breathe into this area throughout the day and especially concentrate on it during a healing session

Here is your complete guide to the Dantian breathing.

As an acupuncturist and Tai Chi teacher, I share this practice with my patients and students to help them obtain and maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit.  It is a simple yet profound breathing exercise that can help you center and heal yourself, maintain personal power, relieve stress, and increase breathing capacity.

As you stand or lay down, think about your Dantian by concentrating your mind’s eye on this special place two inches below your navel.  You may keep your eyes totally or partially closed during the meditation.  I often suggest that people think of their lungs being down in their belly to help them breathe into this area more easily.

  1. Take a gentle, full inhalation in through your nose and blow your belly up as if it is a big balloon. 
  2. Next, gently exhale through your nose as if you are deflating this balloon.  This breathing technique can be practiced 15 minutes per day.  Be sure to breathe slowly and gently to avoid hyperventilating.  I ask patients to begin each acupuncture session with three deep healing breaths to set the stage for healing, peaceful treatment.

Remember to breathe in through your nose and out through your nose with your mouth closed so that the hairs in your nose filter the air.  Breathe in and out gently just like a baby breathes.  Next time you are with a baby, notice how they naturally breathe from their belly! 

It must be the years of stress and being told to “hold out our chest and suck our belly in tight” that is responsible for unnatural ways of breathing.  Years of a tight belly, deprived of energy flow can have an adverse effect on breathing or digestion.

You can also practice Dantian Breathing with a box of tissues on your tummy, watching it rise and fall as you breathe into your belly.  It can also be used under stressful situations – remove yourself from the situation by taking a moment to breathe into your Dan Tien to collect and calm yourself.  Nothing is worth getting that stressed out over. 

This simple breathing technique can help you remember this during those stressful moments.  Eventually, you may incorporate Dan Tien Breathing throughout the day as you become more and more comfortable with it.

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Shoshanna Katzman

iammsk@healing4u.com

Shoshanna Katzman, M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac & CHI am pleased to have the opportunity to provide you with an array of articles written from the perspective of a Chinese medicine practitioner with the specialties of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and the exercise systems of tai chi and qigong. My training began 45 years ago when I became a serious student of tai chi and kung fu in the Panhandle of San Francisco. Since that time I have availed myself of intensive study in the fields of Chinese medicine as well as energy medicine. I also have a master’s degree in sports medicine, which lends a more scientific basis for my work. My vision is to reach and help as many people revitalize and restore balanced flow of qi throughout their body, mind and spirit. This is achieved through integrating the healing modalities of Chinese medicine into their life.https://healing4u.com https://qigongforlonglife.com http://qigong4.us