RPB Week Ten- Cleansing Breath

Exercise: In With Good, Out With Bad

One of the most simple Qi moving breathing exercises we can do, is to focus on the movement of good energy into our bodies with the inhalation and bad energy out with the exhalation.  We will do three versions of the exercise.

Version 1: As you inhale through your nose, mentally follow the stream of air in through your nose, down your throat and into your lungs.  Imagine or feel the freshness of the air and the oxygen it carries flowing in and filling your lungs inside your ribs and flowing into your blood.  As you exhale through your mouth, feel the stale air gathering together out of your lungs and the surrounding blood and flowing up through your throat and out your mouth.  Feel the stale carbon dioxide and other gaseous wastes being drawn out of your body and leaving with the breath.

Repeat for ten or more breaths.

Version 2: As you inhale through your nose, mentally follow a stream of energy in through your nose, down your throat and all the way to you lower dantien.  Your lower dantien is the centre of your physical body and is located in the centre of your body about a couple of inches below your belly button.  Imagine the energy as fresh and bright with light.  As you exhale through your mouth follow a stream of energy up from your dantien and out through your mouth.  Imagine the energy as a bit dark, cloudy or smoky.  Imagine the energy taking any waste, stale or harmful energy out with it. 

Repeat for ten or more breaths.

Version 3: As you inhale through your nose imagine energy entering your body from all directions through your skin and gathering in your dantien.  Imagine the energy as fresh and bright with light.  As you exhale through your mouth, imagine dark, stale, or unuseful energy leaving your body in all directions out through your skin. 

Repeat for ten or more breaths.

Practice Sessions This Week

This week our practice session will focus simply on working with cleansing breath.  This mental focus is very simple and for some students they may not notice much initially, but stick with it and gently and patiently maintain the mental focus and you may be surprised at what results.

  • Balanced Breathing – 5 minutes
  • Cleansing Breath – 20 minutes (spend as much time on each of the breaths as you wish)
  • Balanced Breathing – 5 minutes