Monday, 23 April 2012

The 6 Healing Breaths - #1

Circle your arms out to the sides

he 6 Healing Breaths Chi Kung was first written about over 1,500 years ago. Martial artists use this set of six breathing techniques to balance both mind and body. But as you’ll discover there’s much more to this routine than simply 6 methods of breathing associated with 6 different sounds.

The 6 Healing breaths incorporate some of the most important principles of Chinese traditional medicine, martial arts, feng shui, philosophy…something as simple as breathing can in effect be very profound!

Today, I’d like to touch on the first breath -

1.  Face into the direction of East. Feet should be comfortably positioned about shoulder width apart. (You can also perform this breath while sitting in a chair).

Your back should be straight but relaxed. Allow your tailbone to sink ever so slightly. Tehn push your tailbone slightly forward. The shoulders should be relaxed and the chin pointed slightly downward in order to align the back of the neck with the rest of the spine. The top of your head should feel as though it's suspended from the ceiling by a string. The hips should feel open, so that they can act as a conduit between your torso and legs.

2.  Circle your hands slowly out to the sides and up in front. Inhale slowly while doing this.

Place your hands on the right side of the abdomen
 3.  Place both hands combined over the right side of the abdomen (near the location of the liver). Exhale very slowly while making the sound shoo. Breath and sound should come out as one. Please don’t force the breath out; relax the breath out as if it were flowing out from the entire body.

4.  Once both breath and sound have reached their end, open out your arms and inhale once again. Repeat the cycle of opening your arms and folding your hands over the right side of your abdomen. Exhale and make the sound shoo every time your hands combine to touch your abdomen.

5.  Remain in your position facing East. Repeat this breath cycle either in groups of 3, 6, 12, 18, 36…and so on, even up to 108 times if you wish! (Most people perform about 6 to 12 repetitions).

Breath #1 is associated with the green dragon


The nature of the first breath and what it accomplishes -

DIRECTION – faces East; the beginning of life, the beginning of the day, etc.

ELEMENT – the Chinese 5 Element Theory, the interaction of the elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water which is central to all types of traditional medicine such as acupuncture as well as feng shui, philosophy, military strategy, martial arts, etc. The element of the shoo breath is wood.

YIN ORGAN – the liver. The liver is associated with the wood element. The sound shoo massages the liver.

YANG ORGAN – the gall bladder. Also associated with wood.  The sound shoo massages the gall bladder.


NEGATIVE EMOTION – anger. Kindness and anger are what I really concentrate on when I first teach the shoo breath. Inhale kindness; exhale all anger. I teach my students to use this breath to rid themselves of the toxin anger.

COLOUR – green. I encourage my students to visualize the liver and gall bladder in a warm green colour.

TIME – morning, the beginning of life (infancy), the start of a new year, the season of spring…everything is associated with newness, with starting out.

ENERGY – the type of energy nurtured with this breath rises, grows, develops…like new seed sprouting.

ANIMAL – the green dragon.

The shoo breath also strengthens the nervous system, assists in storing and filtering the blood, manufactures proteins, recycles poisons and distributes nutrition.

I highly recommend any books by Mantak Chia and Maneewan Chia. They do a very thorough job in explaining the 6 Healing Breaths in great detail. I also like their very kind and positive attitude toward others and toward life in general!

Please give me a few more days and I’ll post the second of the 6 Healing Breaths.


  1. This is a great refresher after doing the 6 Healing Breaths workshop with Greg in February. Video of some of the breath sequences would be helpful too.

    I've really been enjoying the blog!

  2. Hi JT,

    Thank you for the kind comment! I completely agree with you about adding some video clips with our own program as the source. We just need to tape them.


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