Qigong and breathing exercises/retraining significantly benefit each other. Here is how. In this video, Dr. Artour Rakhimov and Volker discuss this topic. Volker is a qigong teacher for 15 years in Berlin. How can breathing retraining help people that practice qigong and how can qigong enhance our breathing and health? Dr. Artour Rakhimov focuses on unconscious or automatic breathing patterns. It is possible to measure it at sleep or at rest. How can these breathing patterns be changed? The meaning of qi in qigong could mean breath. Gong means skill. There seems to be a connection with breathing. Qi or Chi is energy. In qigong, there is a lot of work with relaxation and alignment with posture. Rooting is emphasized for grounding and diaphragmatic breathing. Proper qigong with correct form will lead to better breathing. Breathing is tested with the control pause test before and after practice. Volker’s CP was much improved after a single practice of qigong.
What are common patterns of breathing? Most people are at 20 seconds on the CP test. This is a stage of diseases. Many qigong students initially have 20 seconds to 30 seconds. Hundreds of years ago people had 50 to 60 seconds. When qigong and yoga were started, beginners CP levels were much higher. People would begin qigong with a different approach. The biggest effect would be that your concentration would be enhanced. In China, they work with the projection of the mind or Yi into the body. It would be much stronger with a higher CP. It is about your ability to concentrate. Instead of following a strict practice your sensitivity improves and this helps to make your practice more individualized.
When people achieve 60 seconds for the body-oxygen test, your energy increases. Many of Volker’s students do not train often. They still train every day and love their qigong practice. With 60 seconds for the CP test, sleep is shortened to 4 and a half hours naturally. You have 3 hours extra to exercise. There are other benefits to various areas. Regeneration is improved. Qigong has many strenuous exercises. Hormonal benefits assist balance that can help muscles and bones. There is a mutual relation between qigong and breathing. You can test your practice even of 20 to 30 minutes. This helps to see changes. You can measure your CP before and after practice. You should see changes. Do less strenuous qigong practice to test it. To achieve a high CP can take weeks or even months.
This web page from Normalbreathing site explains these mutual benefits that people experience from breathing retraining in relation to Tai Chi and Qigong practices: Tai Chi – Qigong Breathing Benefits – https://www.normalbreathing.com/tai-chi-benefits.php .
There are many lifestyle changes that would benefit people. Sleeping on the back has drastic effects for the CP. Also, mouth-breathing during sleep lowers it. Poor posture also weakens body-oxygen levels. Every morning your CP will restart if you don’t improve your sleep hygiene. Qigong could not anticipate all the changes that we would have in our present lifestyle from technology and other changes. Food is not organic. We can point out hundreds of factors which damage body-oxygen levels. It is best to get educated about breathing retraining from a practitioner. It can be quite difficult to analyze each lifestyle factor needed. Then people can go to the highest health states. There are many additional benefits that relate to breathing retraining.
The YouTube URL of this video “Qigong Breathing Benefits” is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1-kersQuDQ /.
The video features Volker Schmitz (Tai Chi/Qigong teacher and Buteyko/NormalBreathing practitioner from Hamburg in Germany) and Dr. Artour Rakhimov (Buteyko Practitioner Master Trainer from Toronto, Canada).
The video description was created with the participation of Chris Prokop (Mississauga, Canada).