The Art of Breathing

Tadao Ogura, M.D.


VII. The Third Level: Total Breathing

Total Breathing combines the techniques you have mastered with Abdominal Breathing and Reverse Breathing. The combination of the movements results in even greater pressure changes in both the chest and abdominal cavities, with greater stimulation of the internal organs, more improved capillary circulation, and increased benefits in brain function as well as the mind-body connection.

1. The Total Breathing Exercise

Step 1: Stand in the proper standing position as described in Chapter IV with your palms on your abdomen as for Abdominal or Reverse Breathing.

Step 2: Use your Abdominal Breathing technique to inhale air through your nose into your lower abdomen. That is, let your lower abdomen push out as you breathe in. Continue to inhale until you feel that the abdominal cavity is full, but not completely filled up (i.e. to about a 90% capacity). (Fig. 10)

Step 3: Maintain the position of your lower abdomen as you continue to breathe in, letting the air fill up the remaining parts of the abdominal cavity and then the chest cavity. You should feel your chest push out, as in Reverse Breathing. (Fig. 11)




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