Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

August 12, 2011

Tai Chi and Breathing (Andrew Weil)

According to the World Tai Chi & Qigong Newsletter, best selling author, Dr. Andrew Weil, says that Poor Breathing Habits are at the Core of Most Illness. I would agree. Here is their tip of the week:

“BREATH” IS AT THE CORE OF ALL TAI CHI & QIGONG

Tai Chi is a form of Qigong. QIGONG means BREATHING EXERCISE

TIP OF THE TONGUE LIGHTLY TOUCHES THE ROOF OF THE MOUTH. WHY?
Students ask, why does the tip of the tongue lightly touch the roof of the mouth when doing tai chi and qigong breathing.

Two reasons:

1) It changes the throat structure, so that your breaths become longer breaths. Research shows this is the most effective respiratory beneficial type of breathing.

2) The tongue connects the Governing Vessel, which is the energy meridian running up your back and over your head, with the Conception Vessel, running from the perinium up the front of your body to the lower jaw.

These tips are excerpts from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong, and the DVD Anthology of T’ai Chi & Qigong: The Prescription for the Future.

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