Kung Fu Meditation: 3 Things You Need to Know

Whether you are already a veteran when it comes to the art of meditating, or just thinking of getting started, here are 3 things you need to read up on when it comes to meditation- an essential part of Kung Fu!

Breathing and meditation are very important parts of Kung Fu training. Every session starts with breathing and ends with meditation. Even if you are not practicing kung fu and have no intention to start, you can benefit from learning how to breathe and meditate.

1. Proper Breathing

Breathing is the most important part of every eastern martial art, including Kung Fu. Breathing is an important part of getting ready for your training, it is what makes your moves and strikes effective and it is what relaxes you after every session. It doesn’t matter if you are a devoted Kung Fu practitioner or you just want to learn how to relax, learning how to breathe is the most important lesson.

First of all, you will need to learn to breathe properly. It is more than just air-in, air-out. It is a state of mind and that is why you should learn to do it properly. To properly breathe you need to take a deep breath that lasts for at least 4 seconds, keep that air in your lungs for at least 3 seconds and exhale during a period of at least 6 seconds. You should make a 1 second pause between every breath.

Practice your breathing any time you have a chance. Learning to breathe properly will benefit your health and your body and mind will be grateful for all that extra oxygen you will give them.

2. Abdominal Breathing

Now that you’ve learned how to breathe properly, you should learn the technique called the abdominal breathing. This type of breathing is said to massage your internal organs and stimulate blood circulation. The point is to fill lungs with oxygen completely. You can do this as follows:

Take a deep breath through your nose and then start slowly expanding your abdomen and pushing the air towards the bottom of your lungs. Keep breathing the whole time. Breathe out through the nose and pull your abdomen slowly back into your body once again compressing your lungs, this time from bottom up.

Bear in mind that this is not an easy technique and you will need some time to get it right. As soon as you succeed you will see how much more oxygen you can take in to your lungs and you will start to feel all the benefits of breathing. Proper breathing cleanses your body from toxins by distributing a larger amount of oxygen to your organs, keeps your mind calm and focused and reduces stress.

3. Meditation

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The meditation itself can be focused on either a general well being of your body and reduction of stress or on a specific part of your body that needs healing. You have probably heard about Chi or Qi, the life energy in our bodies. The purpose of meditation is to move chi around your body thus making it feel better.

This is particularly important in using meditation for healing. You will need to focus on distributing your chi to the actual place that needs healing. It is said that meditation with the purpose of healing greatly shortens the time of your recovery.

It doesn’t matter if you want to meditate to relax or to heal, there are several general rules to follow. First, get yourself in a, preferably dark, room and make sure that you won’t be disturbed. Sit down comfortably, close your eyes and start breathing.

If you want to do a healing meditation you have to focus on the part of your body that needs healing. Try to visualize that part and give your best to invision it being healed. If you want to meditate for the sake of meditation and relaxation of your whole body, start visualizing your body part by part and seeing it in the best state possible. Start from your head and slowly move to your feet, visualizing every part of your body as completely relaxed.

Learning how to breathe properly and learning to meditate can have a great positive influence on your body. Apart from the fact that you will feel relaxed and calm, you can actually improve your immune system and general state of your body and mind. You will think better, concentrate easier and boost your creativity. Try to find at least one hour a week for your meditation and you will see how much better you will feel.

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