Breathing affects the nervous system, the heart, the digestive system, muscles, sleep, energy levels, concentration and memory and much more. Hara breathing has a calming and relaxing effect as we take fewer and but more effective breaths. We absorb more oxygen and release more waste products with each breath.
Dr. Worsley speaks of the Lungs as the Official who receives pure Ch'i from the heavens. Often overlooked, breathing is one of the primary ways we replenish our energy. The Lungs provide the force behind the circulation of Qi throughout the body by descending and dispersing. In Hara breathing, the Qi is drawn down into the lower abdomen, or Hara, during inhalation. During exhalation, impure air is dispersed. When the descending or dispersing are imbalanced, there may be difficulty breathing, asthma, or chest congestion or dissension.
As you inhale, focus your attention on the hara a couple inches beneath the navel. Allow your abdomen to expand as your diaphragm moves down in a full, gentle breath, then let your abdomen relax as you exhale completely. It is suggested to keep the breath consistent, without a break between your inhale and exhale.
- Improved digestion
- Releases endorphins which aids in pain relief
- Reduces anxiety and nervousness
- Relieves breathing difficulties
- Promotes living in the present moment
- Enhances immune function
- Expands lung capacity and stamina
- Enhances self-awareness, self-acceptance, and patience
- Boosts vitality
Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa. A Complete Guide to Acupressure. Idyllwild: Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure®, 2003. Print.
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