Tao Yin Breathing
Tao Yin Breathing Exercises
Tao Yin exercises are short sequences that combine controlled breathing with simple calisthenics. The focus is on the breathing and energy movement within the body, rather than the body movements. The exercises are primarily concerned with restoring health of the internal organs, or treating specific problems directly.
‘What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly’ ~ Tao Te Ching
About Tao Yin Exercises
Tao Yin consists of exercises that use the breath to relax and balance the body systems, and promote good health. A typical exercise involves gentle movement of the arms and body, coordinated with controlled inhalation and exhalation.
During an exercise, your breath leads, assisted by the body movements and the breath is never held at anytime. The effects created by deep breathing on your internal organs leads to increase energy levels.
Benefits of Controlled Breathing
Breathing is one of the most important things we do each day. Without air we would die within minutes, but because the action of breathing is mostly unconscious automatic, we take it for granted.
When practised regularly, research has shown that conscious or controlled breathing exercises help to decrease anxiety and depression, improve sleep, reduce pain, strengthen the immune system, and alleviate many stress related diseases.
The Health Benefits of Tao Yin include:
- improved health of internal organs
- Improved flow of energy
- improved circulation
- improved the range of movement
- improved well being (reduces stress)