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KI BREATHING

 

 

 

 

The following is an excerpt from the manual distributed at the 2000 Instructors' Intensive:

Ki Breathing

Ki Breathing means whole body breathing. It can be described in the following three ways:

  1. External Breathing (Lung Breathing) Drawing air into and expelling from the lungs through the nose or mouth.
     
  2. Internal Breathing The process in which an animal or person takes in oxygen from the air and releases carbon dioxide through the circulation of blood in the vascular system; The process in which air is carried through the bloodstream to the lungs where carbon dioxide is removed and oxygen is carried through the blood to the rest of the body.
     
  3. Skin Breathing The skin breathes taking in oxygen, releasing carbon dioxide. The skin also regulates body temperature by allowing heat to escape.
Correct Ki Breathing should be natural and comfortable, not forced. Mankind exists as a part of the universe. By breathing, the Ki of a person's whole body intermingles with the Ki of the universe and becomes refreshed. Breathe out so that your breath travels infinitely to the ends of the universe; breathe in so that your breath reaches your one point and continues infinitely there.

Ki Breathing can be done every day.

It is an indicator of one's health

By doing Ki Breathing, you are able to develop coordination of mind and body as well as be able to face any difficulty or danger.

Especially if you practice Ki Breathing just before sleeping, "Plus Ki" enters the subconscious mind and subsequently you are able to direct your life in the positive direction

How to do Ki Breathing
  1. Sitting with coordination of mind and body Sit with big toes crossing lightly, both knees slightly open, about two fists apart. Place both hands lightly on the thighs with fingers naturally pointing downward. Straighten the sacrum and relax the whole body while bringing the mind down to one point.
     
  2. Exhaling Close eyes gently. Open mouth slightly and start to exhale calmly, as if saying "aah" without using your voice. Maintain the same sitting posture while exhaling. Imagine that the whole breath comes out slowly from the entire body. Exhale for about 15-20 seconds.
     
  3. Complete Exhalation Imagine breathing out completely down to the toes while you incline the head slightly forward and bend body slightly forward. Pause calmly for a few seconds.
     
  4. Inhaling Keeping the same posture as when finishing the exhalation close mouth and being to inhale calmly through the nose with a smooth, relaxed sound like the tranquil sound of an ever-flowing stream. Imagine inhaling gradually from the toes through the legs, abdomen, and chest for about 15 seconds. Note: Maintain the same posture while inhaling; do not move head or shoulders upward during inhalation.
     
  5. Complete Inhalation When your breath has reached through to the chest, return the upper body to the original position. As you finish the inhalation, your head should return to the original position calmly. Note: Do not over-stretch or lean back when returning to the original position.
     
  6. Complete Cycle By the time you feel you have finished inhaling, maintain the same posture for a few seconds before beginning the next exhale. Total length of cycle (exhalation, pause, and inhalation) is about 45 seconds.
Like the essence of training coordination of mind and body, Ki Breathing will start to positively effect your daily life. It is not necessary to demonstrate how much you can do Ki Breathing by the number of hours you breathe, how long you can breathe, etc. Ki Breathing exercise is an invisible practice, like the developing roots of a tree. Through slow and consistent practice, you will benefit most from Ki Breathing and you may eventually notice the depth of your roots.