The practice of Tai Chi boasts body-oxygen levels and breathing retraining provides improvements in your Tai Chi practice. Volker Schmitz is a Tai Chi teacher for over 15 years.
In this video (Tai Chi for breathing retraining), Dr. Artour Rakhimov and Volker Schmitz discuss this topic: How do Tai Chi and breathing retraining benefit each other? Tai Chi depends a lot on the ability to breath a relatively small amount of air during practice. In Tai Chi, relaxation is focused on and structural corrections. Proper body positions balance the nervous systems. It provides a high-quality posture and helps with musculature tensions. This leads to better (easier and slower) breathing.
Volker measures his body-oxygen levels or his control pause before and after practice. He noticed that his oxygen increases with only doing his Tai Chi practice and doing no breath holding practice at the same time. There are mutual benefits to breathing retraining and Tai Chi. From his breathing practice, Volker lost weight and his concentration improved. For Tai Chi you need lots of concentration for the postures and the relaxation. Unconscious breathing improves a lot from Tai Chi. From breathing retraining, your concentration or mind force improves and it leads to more chi or more energy.
Many of Dr. Artour Rakhimov’s students were Tai Chi students and they were among his best breathing students. They did a lot of practice around 5 to 6 times a week with 2 to 3-hour sessions of Tai Chi. It is very common for the general population that they hyperventilate or they breathe twice more than the medical norm. The average person is more prone to stress, anxiety, panic attacks and other negative emotions.
How would this hyperventilation influence the practice of Tai Chi? What would you see in these students? They can reach a decent level of Tai Chi. Many people have a CP of 20 or 25 seconds. This is instead of 40 to 60 seconds the medical norm or what most people had hundreds of years ago. After practice, they can have 30 to 35 seconds for the CP test. In the morning, if they practice they can improve their breathing for half the day or the whole day. Maybe during the night is when they lose all their progress during the night.
They will never reach the highest levels of breathing retraining and Tai Chi practice. This is due to sleep or other lifestyle factors. We want to change this and ideally when they start with 20 seconds, to later get 30, 40 seconds and so forth.
Their chi would be much stronger at those higher body-oxygen stages. Your reaction time would be much better at those higher levels. Their fighting skills would improve, as well as their posture and their ability to put their strength to use. Their energy would improve and their body regeneration. Also, their meditation practice and health would improve.
Volker’s master of Tai Chi was not sick for over 30 years. This is quite common. The next thing is meditation. It feels really good. You can feel a harmonious energy in the body.
The YouTube URL of this video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-UggH675Zw /.
The video features Volker Schmitz (Tai Chi teacher, yoga teacher and Buteyko breathing practitioner from Hamburg, Germany) and Dr. Artour Rakhimov (Buteyko Practitioner Master Trainer from Toronto, Canada).
The video description was created with participation of Chris Prokop (Mississauga, Canada).