BREATHING QI GONG EXERCISES
GREAT BEAR SWIMMING
Great Bear Swimming is an excellent exercise to open up the lungs and to help improve deep breathing. It helps to reduce tension in the chest and upper back. While inhaling, bring the arms back as if swimming the breaststroke; while exhaling, round the upper back to push the oxygen out while bringing your arms forward again. This exercise uses the movement of the breath to coordinate the movement.
Wave breathing is a deep abdominal breathing exercise. Deep breathing is an excellent way to clear stress and decrease tension. This exercise focuses your attention on the breath and the feeling of the breath through your body. This connection between the body and breath is further emphasized with a gentle floating arm movement that corresponds with the breath in and out. Breathing in, you float your arms up; breathing out you float your arms back down to your belly.
ACCORDION WITH SIDE BEND
This breathing exercise is designed to strengthen the link between the breath and the body. Using the image of an accordion, the breath is directed through a synchronous breathing and gentle arm movement exercise. As you breathe in, one arm goes up and the other arm gently pushes towards the ground, expanding the chest in between like an accordion. A side bend is added away from the top arm to expand the lateral chest wall further.