There are three ways to breathe when doing the internal arts and qigong:
- Normal breathing -- Expand when you inhale and contract when you exhale.
- Reverse breathing -- Abdomen draws inward when you inhale and expands and drops outward when you exhale.
- Internal (sometimes called Deep) breathing -- Diaphragm expands downward when you inhale but your chest and abdomen do not outwardly expand very much, and your diaphragm contracts upward when you exhale.
I have heard Chen Xiaowang being asked how you should breathe when doing a Taiji form.
"Natural is best," he always said.
But many Taiji masters say that when you reach higher levels, you may use reverse breathing or internal breathing.
I have always used reverse breathing when doing Qigong, but recently, I have been using Internal breathing.
With reverse breathing, when you inhale, your abdomen and Dantien draw inward toward the Ming Men...