The following is an excerpt from the manual distributed at
the 2000 Instructors' Intensive:
Ki Breathing means whole body breathing. It can be described in the following three ways:
Correct Ki Breathing should be natural and comfortable, not forced.
Mankind exists as a part of the universe. By breathing, the Ki of a
person's whole body intermingles with the Ki of the universe and becomes
refreshed. Breathe out so that your breath travels infinitely to the
ends of the universe; breathe in so that your breath reaches your one
point and continues infinitely there.
- External Breathing (Lung Breathing) Drawing air into and expelling from the lungs through the nose or mouth.
- Internal Breathing The process in which an animal or
person takes in oxygen from the air and releases carbon dioxide through
the circulation of blood in the vascular system; The process in which
air is carried through the bloodstream to the lungs where carbon dioxide
is removed and oxygen is carried through the blood to the rest of the
- Skin Breathing The skin breathes taking in oxygen,
releasing carbon dioxide. The skin also regulates body temperature by
allowing heat to escape.
How to do Ki Breathing
Ki Breathing can be done every day.
It is an indicator of one's health
By doing Ki Breathing, you are able to develop
coordination of mind and body as well as be able to face any difficulty
Especially if you practice Ki Breathing just before
sleeping, "Plus Ki" enters the subconscious mind and subsequently you
are able to direct your life in the positive direction
Like the essence of training coordination of mind and body, Ki Breathing
will start to positively effect your daily life. It is not necessary to
demonstrate how much you can do Ki Breathing by the number of hours you
breathe, how long you can breathe, etc. Ki Breathing exercise is an
invisible practice, like the developing roots of a tree. Through slow
and consistent practice, you will benefit most from Ki Breathing and you
may eventually notice the depth of your roots.
- Sitting with coordination of mind and body Sit with big toes
crossing lightly, both knees slightly open, about two fists apart. Place
both hands lightly on the thighs with fingers naturally pointing
downward. Straighten the sacrum and relax the whole body while bringing
the mind down to one point.
- Exhaling Close eyes gently. Open mouth slightly and
start to exhale calmly, as if saying "aah" without using your voice.
Maintain the same sitting posture while exhaling. Imagine that the whole
breath comes out slowly from the entire body. Exhale for about 15-20
- Complete Exhalation Imagine breathing out completely
down to the toes while you incline the head slightly forward and bend
body slightly forward. Pause calmly for a few seconds.
- Inhaling Keeping the same posture as when finishing the
exhalation close mouth and being to inhale calmly through the nose with
a smooth, relaxed sound like the tranquil sound of an ever-flowing
stream. Imagine inhaling gradually from the toes through the legs,
abdomen, and chest for about 15 seconds. Note: Maintain the same posture
while inhaling; do not move head or shoulders upward during inhalation.
- Complete Inhalation When your breath has reached
through to the chest, return the upper body to the original position. As
you finish the inhalation, your head should return to the original
position calmly. Note: Do not over-stretch or lean back when returning
to the original position.
- Complete Cycle By the time you feel you have finished
inhaling, maintain the same posture for a few seconds before beginning
the next exhale. Total length of cycle (exhalation, pause, and
inhalation) is about 45 seconds.