Spinal cord breathing is a Qigong technique that can be used as a warm up or any time you feel you need to release some stress and tension from your mind.
Benefits of spinal cord breathing.
- Brings more awareness and flexibility to the spine
- Brings energy out of your head and into your body resulting clearer thinking
- Releases stress
- Inproves the lungs
- Opens up the heart centre and circulates energy through the nervous system
- Great for relaxation immediately before bed to aid better sleep.
- Allows the body to recharge and rebalance.
How to do it.
- Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Bring your arms up by your sides with your fists lightly clenched and facing towards the sky as if you are about to take a stretch first thing in the morning after getting out of bed.
- Breath in through your nose and open your arms wider (elbows still bent) allowing your heart centre to face up to the sky. Arch your back like you are taking a deeper stretch as your tail bone sticks out like a ducks back.
- Reverse the movement and bring your elbows together in front of your face as you exhale through your mouth. Tuck your tail bone under and round your upper back.
- Go back to opening up the arms and arching the back as you breath in through the nose, then reverse the movement as you breath out and round the back and neck.
- Repeat this for a few minutes and notice how it calms your mind and brings more flexibility to your spine and expands your lungs.
- Keep your knees slightly bent through the entire exercise so you can better focus your attention on the movement of the spine.
- Be conscious of the joints in the spine and notice the sensations of them moving together and apart from the front to the back of the spine.
- As you open up your arms and breath in deeply you are expanding your lung capacity each time you practice this exercise. Scientists who have studied Qigong practitioners have concluded that people who practice Qigong regularly are taking in twice as much oxygen throughout the day than people who don’t practice. This leads to enhanced immune system, more physical energy, more mental alertness.
Breath Relates To Your Emotional Wellbeing.
The more you practice Qigong the more you become aware of your emotional state because your breath is one of the key feedback mecahnisms to let you know how you are feeling. When the breath is shallow and choppy, we are in a state of stress. When it is easy and deep, we are more likely to be happy and flowing with life. Most of us have actually forgotten how to breath effectively, and as a result are putting our bodies and minds under more stress than they need to be.
Activates the cerebal spinal fluid.
This exercise also helps to move spinal fluid right up into the base of the cranial area due to the activation of the cranial and sacral pump. This allows the cranial and sacral centres to find balance and have more free flowing energy up and down the spine resulting in better communication between the spinal nerves and muslces and organs in the body.