The Art of Breathing

Tadao Ogura, M.D.


Step 3: Next, loosen and bend your knees slightly. This will help you stand more solidly. But do not bend your knees too much — you should be in a relaxed, loose position.

Step 4: Tuck in your buttocks slightly until you feel your weight settling on the pelvic cavity and feel your lower abdominal muscles become tighter. Relax your upper body completely, then try tilting your buttocks in until you feel a nice solid, settled feeling in your stance and you feel like your lower abdomen is as firm as it can be. DO NOT just try to tighten your abdominal muscles; the firmness of the abdomen should result naturally from the relaxed upper body weight falling into the pelvic cavity. Don't forget to keep your knees loose and slightly bent, and your feet parallel. (Fig. 3)


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