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Page 7 - Bagua Qigong (Pa Kau Chang Ch'i Kung)
In this analogy, the air in the bottle corresponds to the bad chemicals in the air you inhaled and the water corresponds to the life force energy. If you exhale very slowly through a small opening between the lips, only the bad chemicals will escape and you will retain the life force energy. If you exhale rapidly and in large quantity, life force energy will escape along with the bad chemicals.
The cleansing breath exercise should be practiced each morning 15 times.
The Filling Breath
After executing the cleansing breath exercise, you will then practice the "filling breath." The filling breath exercise is very straight forward. It is designed to help you expand your chest cavity and completely fill all five lobes of the lungs. In this exercise, you will inhale slowly through the nose while trying to expand the chest cavity to full capacity. When no more air can be taken in, you then exhale slowly through the nose. The exhale should be 2-3 times the length of the inhale. During any breathing exercise you should remain comfortable. If you are inhaling too much, too forcefully, or too slowly and you start to feel uncomfortable or get a slight headache when you exhale, you should back off and be more gentle. Always be gentle, comfortable and relaxed. Never be forceful or rush your progress.
The filling breath exercise is executed 10 times.
After "warming up" with the cleansing breath and the filling breath exercises, the practitioner will then execute the prescription breathing exercise. This exercise is personally assigned by Park and progress is monitored closely. The exercise is based on individual needs and thus is different for each student. This third exercise is practiced for as many repetitions as the student desires, but the minimum number executed is 15. The student will typically practice this exercise for a minimum of three months at which time Park will check the individual's progress by feeling different areas of the their body while they inhale and exhale. If the student is ready to progress, he or she will discard the old prescription breathing and be given a new one to practice.
The second part of Park's Baguazhang Qigong training system involves body movements that are designed to improve distal circulation of blood and Qi. This series of exercises starts out with a very simple exercise that will aid the student in initially attaining the "Qi feeling." Typically this feeling will first manifest itself in the hands as fullness, heat, and/or tingling. The practitioner will continue to practice this first exercise, which Park calls the "basic Qi exercise" until the "Qi feeling" is experienced throughout the body.
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