The Art of Breathing

Tadao Ogura, M.D.


Table of Contents


This site presents the entire contents of the Book, "The Art of Breathing," originally published in hard cover.  These pages are copy-righted.  Therefore, please use the information in the following pages for your personal use only, and do not duplicate without a written authorization.


I. Introduction

II. The Theory and Benefits of Controlled Breathing

III. "Ordinary" Versus "Controlled" Breathing

IV. Preparation for Controlled Breathing Exercises

V. The First Level: Abdominal Breathing

1. The Abdominal Breathing Exercise 

2. Practicing Abdominal Breathing 

3. More Advanced Abdominal Breathing 

VI. The Second Level: Reverse Breathing 

1. The Reverse Breathing Exercise 

2. Notes on Reverse Breathing 

VII. The Third Level: Total Breathing

1. The Total Breathing Exercise

2. Notes on Total Breathing

VIII. Adding Imagery to Breathing: Circular Breathing

1. The Circular Breathing Exercise 

2. Notes on Circular Breathing 

IX. The Final Level: Adding Physical Movements to Breathing


X. Optional Breathing Exercises

1. Tai-Soku (Fetal Breathing)  2. Fukki-Ho (Ki Swallowing) 

3. Ki Cultivation


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