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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bone Breathing: Making Your Breath Reach the Bones

Prana or life force is the vital energy that keeps the body alive, and channeling that energy to the different organs in our body is equally important to maintain a state of good health. Our bones are living organs too that provide structure for our body, protect all our important organs and help us nourish our entire body by producing red and white blood cells. An ancient Taoist practice that uses this life force to restore health and give strength to the bones, is ‘Bone Breathing’. The practice uses breathing and visualization to bring more healing Qi into the bones and joints.
Mantak Chia, a taoist master known for his teaching Taoist practices under the names of Healing Tao, Tao Yoga, Universal Healing Tao System and Chi Kung, in his book, Iron Shirt Kung I, Chia spoke about the potentiality of Bone breathing, “Bone Breathing or bone compression is the method of “Cleansing the Marrow”, or cleaning out fat in the bone marrow so that you can direct and absorb the creative (sexual) energy into the bone to help regrow the bone marrow.” He also mentioned that bones are highly porous and are always breathing; just like a sponge sucks water, bones suck in oxygen, nutrition and blood.
A medical study in The American Journal of Physiology suggests that the oxygen supply to our bones directly affects bone formation and bone physiology. The importance of Chi or Prana The whole concept of this ancient practice revolves around the presence of Chi in our environment. Chia said, “Taoists describe the world as an interaction of positively and negatively charge electromagnetic energies. ‘Chi’ is an overall term used for these energies, which comprises the ultimate nourishment derived from food, air, sun and stars. Chi is also generated in our bodies by the organs and glands and extends around us as a part of our emanation.”
What we do not understand is the real essence of breathing lies in a full breath; a breath that refreshes, revitalizes and rejuvenates us. Healthy breathing makes for healthy bones. All the bodily systems are affected by the quality of our breath and bones are no different. Our bone marrow, situated on the corner of the spongy bones with yellow fat in the middle known as medullary cavity, produces red and white blood cells, that are vital for our existence. When we breathe fully, our porous bones sucks in oxygen, transfers it to the red marrow to produce cells and also cleanses the fat in the middle to create space for positivity.
Technique of Bone breathing
There are multiple modifications and variations used in Bone Breathing.
Starting with the simplest one, first and foremost requirement is the belief in the theory. Now, imagine that your surrounding is brimming with charged energy. This vital energy that surrounds you is slightly thicker in comparison to the normal air. Sit comfortably on a chair and place your hands on your lap. Fingers are stretched and open, and the palms are open and relaxed. Advanced practitioner often uses the ‘embrace the tree’ posture as demonstrated by Mantak Chia but for start even sitting comfortably will reap similar benefits.

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