Qigong training involves many different movements and techniques. There are over 2000 forms of Qigong (pronounced Chee Gong) and Tai Chi is also similar, as it is a spin off from Qigong. Most martial arts involve deep breathing techniques and meditation, along with slow and deliberate movements, all brought together in the effort to achieve Qi (pronounced Chee). Qigong is no different.
While there are many forms of Qigong the one constant is that proper breathing techniques are important to the overall effectiveness of you Qigong exercise program. There are several breathing techniques to choose from and finding the one that works best for you is essential to your overall energy healing that is brought on through the practice of Qigong.
When practicing Qigong learning the various breathing techniques and knowing when to use which technique is vital. The most essential Qigong lessons are those of the different forms of breathing. The basics of the different types of breathing lessons involve really concentrating on deep breathing. Most people take many shallow breaths that only require the use of about of your lung capacity.
The key to Qigong breathing lessons is to refocus your breathing and making sure that you breathe deeply. The most basic version of this is called Yogic breathing. The Yogic breathing exercise uses the principles of diaphragmatic breathing. The means you breathe deeply, taking the breath into your diaphragm. You can tell if you are doing it correctly because your abdomen will rise and fall with your breath. This is the best breathing technique for beginners and allows you to get going more comfortably in your practice of Qigong.
Other forms of Qigong breathing techniques include Stopped Breathing technique or Chi Kung/Qigong. This breathing technique is extremely advanced and should only be practiced by people who have a great deal of Qigong experience. Stopped Breathing is exactly what you think it is. You stop breathing for a prolonged period of time. This is said to increase the intensity of the Qi (pronounced Qi) for a short time period. This is not something you should do without the supervision of a Qigong Master if you are at all in doubt as to your ability.
While there are many other breathing techniques used in Qigong particularly as you become more advanced in your practice of this martial art, it is important to be honest with yourself about your abilities. Only do what you are comfortable with and seek out an experienced Qigong master if you have any doubts. Understanding and mastering some the basic breathing techniques is essential as you begin to try other forms of Qigong exercises.