Belly Breathing; a Secret to Energy, Peace, and Strength

Many of us are breath anorexics. We take in enough to survive but not to thrive. With daily stress and the tendency to disconnect from our bodies, we begin to breath shallowly. Breathing is one of the two sources of postheaven qi from our environment, the second is the qi we extract from food. We are all born with a certain amount of reserve qi, which is called our Jing or Essence. This is often referred to as our preheaven qi. When you don’t take sufficient nutrients from your environment you use up your reserve qi, leading to shortened life span, disease, and premature aging.


I really like Alvaro Romano‘s simple breathing exercise he gives his students as the basis of everything he does. Simply focus on where you are breathing. If you are like most people you will find that most of your breathing occurs high in your chest. Focus on reversing this with the following exercise:

1. Put your hands on your belly just below your belly button. Expand this area as much as possible on your next inhale. Exhale fully and slowly, controlling your breath, contracting the abdomen.

2. Inhale again, expanding your lower belly. This time place your hands over your lower ribs and now feel your ribs expanding sideways as well. Exhale a full, slow, controlled breath

3. Inhale. Expand your lower abdomen, lower rib cage, and finally the chest. Exhale, taking as long as you can.

You can practice this exercise for a few minutes in the morning and at night before meditation or prayers (or as your meditation.) You will find that this exercise will immediately change your emotional state and energy levels. Natural, full breathing will make you feel more grounded and confident. It is an excellent remedy for panic attacks. If you have been a chronic breath anorexic you will find that it will transform the state of your health.


Discovering the True Fountain of Youth

The disease of old age, the Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor will tell you, is Qi deficiency and Blood stagnation. While Qi deficiency is best treated with acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition, Blood stagnation requires something else, movement. What we call old age is mostly the body adapting to laziness and lack of movement. Weight training and aerobics are necessary components, but to allay the aging process and to retain youthfulness, the movement required is of a special kind: a combination of joint mobility and muscle flexibility.

Qigong from China, and yoga from India have long understood this, and recent science in Russia and the U.S. have supported this. Flexible muscles and mobile joints allow proper blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Toxins are easily and regularly expelled from the body, wounds and traumas heal, and we feel a sense of well-being and ease. That tired look and stiff gait we associate with age is completely avoidable. But we must make an effort to move.

These are two distinct goals, though one can creatively combine them. Joint mobility requires moving all joints through the entire range of motion on a daily basis. Some, such as Russian surgeon Dr. Janda, recommends moving each joint the full range of motion the same number of times as your age. Others, such as Z Health practitioners require a far modest number. Joint mobility drills are easily added before your regular workout or first thing in the morning to wake everything up.

Most people are familiar with stretching, even though most avoid it. It is best done after you are warmed up or at the end of a workout.

We often recommend Ginastica Natural, or “natural gymnastics,” to our patients. It is a full system of strength, mobility, flexibility, balance, and stamina, based entirely on natural movement patterns. Many find Ginastica Natural resembles a fluid yoga mixed with gymnastics. The originator of Ginastica Natural, Prof. Alvaro Romano, is offering a seminar in Los Angles on Sat, Aug 14, 2010 from 10am-4pm. Cost is $175.

You must practice moving your body in every which way it was meant to move or YOU WILL LOSE IT.

What is Reiki

Reiki is an ancient system of hands on healing. What makes Reiki unique is that it allows the practitioner to channel ki/qi (energy) to heal the recipient without taxing their own energy. Rather, the person giving the treatment also receives healing energy.

Reiki was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui 1922. The healing system was brought to the U.S. in 1937 by Hawayo Takata. Reiki is now taught in three levels, each including an energetic initiation and hands on healing. Level I is primarily for physical healing, self-healing, and hands on healing on a recipient who is physically present. It is recommended for anyone who is suffering from illness to empower them to work on their own health. Level II initiates the practitioner to address emotional level healing and long-distance healing. Master Level III is primarily for those who desire to teach, but is also extremely valuable for anyone who is in any type of healing or health care profession. It strongly increases the practitioner’s healing ability and allows for deep spiritual level healing. You will find that learning Reiki will not only increase your own physical well being, it will also strongly revitalize your creativity and is highly beneficial for artists of every discipline.

Dale Bach  is a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master. She experienced her own healing with Reiki and credits it with saving her life. This prompted Dale to learn Reiki and teach it to others. She has been practicing Reiki for over 20 years. Dale has generously agreed to offer her intensive Reiki I, II, and Master III over 2 weekends in a workshop that promises to be both fun and life-changing. Some are born with natural healing ability. This course allows everyone to have the ability to heal. Please click here for more info or to register.