Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Art of Breathing

Inhale 1...2...3...4...5, hold 1...2...3...4...5, exhale 1...2...3...4...5, then repeat over and over.  This is a beginning level of breathing.

This type of breathing will cause relaxation.  It can cause a calming sensation to come over you as well.  In the martial arts breathing is used in different ways for different results.  Exhaling forcefully when you block or throw a punch or kick or breathing a certain way during a kata (martial arts forms) can strengthen and harden the body.

In this video you will see Mr. Miyagi teaching Daniel the "basics of life"....Breathing.  What you are seeing is an easy technique (that anybody can do) of body, breath and mind coordination.

Try this now.  Inhale your breath deeply as you can as you pull your hands in to your body, and as you exhale slowly your hands go out away from your body. (special note* breath using your diaphragm.  When you inhale you should see your belly extend out, and when you exhale you should see your belly fall.)

Try this for about 2 minutes and work your way up to about 5 minutes.  Don't force anything let it be natural movements and breathing.  If you can't get it right away, that ok...just try again.

In another post I will elaborate on other types of breathing, such as breathing to strengthen or harden your body.

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