Chi Kungqigong Neigong (soft Qigong) Waigong (hard Qigong)
One of the fundamental aspects of practicing Qigong is the emphasis on breathing techniques, which are integral to harnessing and channeling this vital energy for health, martial arts, and spiritual development. In this article, we will show you 6 Qigong breathing methods.
Those who are new to practicing Qigong generally use natural breathing. That is, based on the natural breathing you are used to, relax your body into silence, and then adjust your breathing to be soft, even and natural.
A few practitioners occasionally breathe through the mouth instead of the nose due to rhinitis, colds and other diseases, but the mouth should be slightly open. In addition, the methods of inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth and breathing through the mouth should not be advocated.
Reverse abdominal breathing (also known as volume-changing breathing) is the opposite. During inhalation, the abdominal muscles contract, causing the abdominal wall to retract into a concave shape. Additionally, the diaphragm contracts and descends towards the abdominal cavity, reducing its volume. During exhalation, the abdominal muscles relax, allowing the abdomen to expand, while the diaphragm rises, increasing the volume of the abdominal cavity. As a result, reverse abdominal breathing significantly affects the pressure on abdominal organs, making it beneficial for promoting the circulation of qi and blood, enhancing yang qi, and improving gastrointestinal function. It is suitable for individuals with visceral ptosis and gastrointestinal dysfunction. However, it should be used cautiously or avoided by elderly individuals, those who are frail, hypertensive patients, individuals with various heart conditions, and pregnant women. Additionally, reverse abdominal breathing is more challenging, and beginners should refrain from attempting it immediately.