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Breathe again!

Breath is life; it offers us the very thing we most need to survive for we can live weeks without food, days without water, but only minutes without oxygen.

Now yes of course we first must learn to breath well every moment of the day. This means into our bellies, long full breaths offer us the oxygen we need, but beyond this there are many ancient methods that have been found to bring vibrant health and a clear mind.  Here are a couple I practice daily.


An Indian Practice alternate nostril

Although this can be done anywhere, anytime, such things are always best practiced with clarity and intention in a place and posture which lends itself to cultivation and healing. So find a quiet place, sit comfortably and begin to breathe softly in a very natural manner, not forcing anything. Due it as follows.

  1. Take the two “peace sign” fingers of your right hand and fold them into your palm.
  2. Lift that hand slowly and softly to your nose, remember your posture, stay straight, soft, chin slightly tucked in, the lifted arm hanging by the elbow.  No tension.
  3. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Do this to the count of four seconds.
  1. Immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger and little finger and hold the breath for twelve seconds.
  2. Remove your thumb from the right nostril and exhale. Do this to the count of eight seconds. This completes a half round.
  3. Inhale through the right nostril to the count of four seconds. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and hold the breath for twelve seconds.
  4. Remove your ring and little finger from your left nostril and exhale to the count of eight seconds. This completes one full round.

Start by doing three rounds, adding one per week until you are doing seven rounds.


Now for a Chinese one....

Sip on this..............

Sipping for good sex… oh yes... and for health too...

Sipping… This is a Chinese “gong” (work)involes two things; breath and movement. You will notice this breath is concentrated on the inhalation. This inhalation is accomplished via a sipping action, like sucking a thick milk shake through a thin straw.

Begin with a couple of full inhalations followed by a complete exhalation. After the second complete exhalation begin sipping, short inhalations without exhaling till you’ve filled your lungs (keeping in mind to fill your belly first) this many take twenty or so sips. Once you feel full (please do not force anything) do another complete exhalation then return to another round.

Now as if that were not enough to remember, there is a second part to the practice in which we cause contraction the muscles in the pelvic floor or behind the cervix where the uterus projects into the vagina - for women. For men, the contraction happens in the area between the anus and the testes (in Chinese terms between the yin and the yang holes.) This contraction is synchronized with each sip --- Sip and contract, sip and contract.

You may feel a slight contraction just by sipping; the Chinese say the mouth and anus are two holes of the same pipe, so when you contract one, the other tend to contract on its own. Try it; sensitivity and awareness are powerful assets to bring into this practice, so do it when you have the time and space to offer it the attention it requires. This breath along with the contractions (some call these “Kegals”) offer the practitioner more sexual control and will alleviate some nasty sexual disorders.

For men these are known to, and I have experienced it myself, help with prostate problems such as BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia) which may cause weak urination, hesitancy, sexual dysfunction, and may develop into prostate cancer. In my case after just a couple of weeks of doing these all those symptoms left and I now pee like a teenager… YEAH!

These also offer men more sexual stamina and for women the ability to hold on to their man while he’s inside... a good thing for all concerned.

So enjoy this qigong… I promise it will offer much benefit to you all.

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