The Importance of the Breath in Qi Gong and Tai Chi

The Importance of the Breath in Qi Gong and Tai Chi

The practices of Qi Gong (qigong) and Tai Chi (taichi) are ancient forms of energy yoga that are designed to circulate the life’s breath or life force throughout the meridian systems of the body.  Qi Gong (qigong) literally translates as “energy work” while Tai Chi Chuan means “Grand Ultimate Fist” which is a martial art based on energy dynamics.  The commonality is that they both circulate energy via the meridian system. In both systems, the practitioner is to focus their mind and their breath down to the lower dantien which is a point about three inches below the navel.

The lower dantien is an energy reservoir where qi energy is stored, condensed, and later rarified for alchemical practices. We want to place the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth and breath in and out the nose generally when practicing Qi Gong (qigong) or Tai Chi (taichi).

Once we have enough focus, power, and energy in the lower dantien, we can use this qi to nourish our channels and keep our internal organs healthy. A healthy flow of qi energy in Qi Gong or Tai Chi is a prerequisite to good practice. Diet, exercise, sleep, and mindset are key factors in determining the quality of qi.

Over the years, I’ve taught Qi Gong and Tai Chi to thousands of people and, I can assure you that the people who take good care of themselves on all levels are the ones who progress quickly and become great practitioners. Live well and live abundantly!

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