Breathe Your Way To Healthier Life - 5 Simple Steps Of Tai Chi Breathing By C. Guan Soo

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Breathe Your Way To Healthier Life - 5 Simple Steps Of Tai Chi Breathing
By C. Guan Soo

Breathe Your Way To Healthier Life

“I don’t have the time to exercise!”

“I am busy! How can I spend 10 or 15 minutes to just sit there,
closing my eyes and meditate?”

“I don’t have the room to do this!”

“I can’t stretch like that!”

“At that specific time, I’m not available!”

Do all the above sound familiar to most people who want to stay
healthier but could not do so due to a number of reasons? The
list can go on endless…

“How nice if I can get to do something easily – at anytime and
anywhere, and stay healthy!”

Yes – now you can!

Huh? How?

By just changing the way you breathe, that’s all!

“Kidding me???”

No, I’m serious!

Most of us, in fact 98% of North Americans do not breathe
correctly. Friends, co-workers, students, clients and vendors I
came to know around me do not breathe correctly. Some of my
friends I keep contact with through the Internet know how to
breathe correctly but do not do so.

There are two reasons why they do not do so. First, they do not
know the correct breathing methods. Secondly, they know but do
not know how to learn and practice so that it becomes a habit. I
would like to share in this article on how to solve these two
reasons so that you too can breathe your way to healthier life
and well-being, easily at anytime and anywhere.

First of all, let me explain what are not the correct breathing
methods then only move on to the correct method. Most people
breathe using the chest or the upper diaphragm. Worst still if
they breathe through the mouth. Breathing in this way will
result in shorter, shallower and coarser breath.

Shorter, shallower and coarser breath does not allow the air to
go in deep enough to oxidize the cells in the lungs. This of
course results in lesser oxygen intake into the blood systems.
Breathing through the mouth will let unwanted elements in the
air to go into our blood systems. Mouth breathing is one of the
reasons that cause you to snore in your sleep.

Even if you are tired or gasping for air after strenuous sports
or activities, try to breathe through the nose, except when you
are swimming.

The correct breathing pattern is long, deep and in smaller
. Long breath allows more time for the lung cells to be
oxidize and send more oxygen into the blood system. This
increase the metabolism rate, and increase blood circulation
throughout your mind and body.

I believe most of you know what deep breathing is about, and
I’m sure some of you have done this. Felt better each time you
did deep breathing? Of course, you did. I will explain this from
the Chinese point of view why deep breathing is good.

In meditation practice, martial arts or qigong practice, one of
the requirements to make these practices effective is to “Sink
the Qi into the Dantian
”. Qi here means vital energy, and in the
same time – air. Dantian is the acupuncture point (acu-point) at
1-2 inches below the navel which gathers the vital energy Qi for
our body.

Sinking the Qi into the Dantian – can be achieved through long
and deep breathing. With more vital energy coming into your
body, your energy level will increase, and you will have a
healthier and clearer energy body.

Breathing should be done in smaller flows. This will result in
a calm and relaxed disposition and composure.

How to achieve all this?

The secret to long and deep breathing, with smaller flows is to
breath with your abdomen or lower diaphragm. This is called
Abdominal Breathing.

Abdominal Breathing is the key areas taught by most
instructors, whether they are Tai Chi Chuan instructors, martial
arts shifu, Qigong master, Yoga guru or meditation masters. From
my experience in energy healing – my master emphasizes on
abdominal breathing during healing session and energy

Unfortunately, some people took abdominal breathing lightly.
Sad to say, some don’t even bother to learn and practice.
Understandably, they have been breathing using the chest over
the past… what, 10 years, 20 years 30 years? It has become their
habit. So, if you want to change your breathing pattern
overnight and make it a habit, you need to put in the effort to
do so.

This comes to the second reason as to why people do not breathe
correctly despite of knowing the technique.

First of all, I came to know that most instructor tell their
students about abdominal breathing. Some showed them how to do
it. But the students have to consciously doing it, and in the
same time focus on the movements, motions, postures, steps etc
and etc and soon before that, their forgot about their abdominal

Most of them focus on the form, not on the essence! I have a
Tai Chi friend from New Zealand who shared with me that his
friends do Tai Chi, but do not feel Tai Chi. Breathing forms the
essential parts of the practice and for you to understand and
‘feel’ the flow of Tai Chi.

Secondly, I came to know friends who tried to practice
abdominal breathing, and they got confused and breathless –
don’t know which is which: the chest or the abdomen! They gave
up instantly.

Thirdly, I myself took almost 2 years of conscious and constant
practice to make it a habit! Now, I’m doing it unconsciously –
as a habit! Thus, to consciously doing it is easy. To make it a
habit takes time and effort. That’s why most give up after that!

So, how to make it a habit?

Based on Tai Chi Chuan’s healing and breathing system, plus my
23 years of experience in various meditation forms, martial arts
and Tai Chi Chuan, I derived a 5-Step Systems which I call as
Tai Chi Breathing to help my friends to ‘habitualize’ abdominal
breathing. The 5-Steps are:

Step 1: Connect the channels with the tongue touching the upper
Step 2: Abdominal breathing by using the lower abdomen.
Step 3: Use the nose to breathe, with the mouth tightly closed
Step 4: Breathe deeply, with long, slow and with tiny flows of
inhaling and exhaling.
Step 5: Maintain the slow and constant breathing rhythm.

These 5 steps each consists its background and reasons, and I
designed many exercises and practices for each of the steps
specifically for you to master each of the steps, towards making
it your breathing habit.

These steps look easy, but they require exercises and constant
practice in order to make it a habit. I have friends e-mailing
to me saying that how these steps helped them to keep focus and
conscious effort to make abdominal breathing a habit in their
life. One of them told me that he stopped smoking because of

Where can you get these exercises and practices. Go to my
website under my name or author profile to find out more.

Till then, I wish you with great health, great joy and
happiness. And may you breathe your way to a better life!

May the Energy of Tai Chi be with you! :)

Written by,
C. Guan Soo
Tai Chi Chuan Practitioner

About the Author:
C. Guan Soo is a Tai Chi Chuan practitioner
who has 23 years experience in various meditation forms, martial
arts, healing, charka healing, meditation, eastern philosophies,
I-ching, Daoism, Confucians, Buddhism as well. He has 3
websites:, and


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Xue Sheng

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Jan 8, 2006
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Not wishing to be negative here but I am left with little choice this is basically a learn qigong via video sales pitch and 2 of the supplied links take you to the page to order the program.

It is not a whole lot different than MA distance learning programs and if you are interested in this type of breathing there are numerous books out there that cover the topic that are considerably cheaper than $47.00 and if you are hell bent on learning basic Qigong via video and are all set to spend that $47.00 you are likely better off buying the DVDs by Yang Jwing Ming, with the associated books for a little more.

This is BASIC qigong training and BASIC taiji breathe training that is all.


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Jun 6, 2007
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There is nothing wrong with you making alternative suggestions but what's wrong with him giving some information and promoting his product?
I've noticed also that it isn't even him who posted this.
I see nothing wrong with it that's all.

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