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I want to talk to you about Qigong breathing and show you the way we're supposed to do it. Qigong breathing is actually the belly breathing that we're supposed to do. If you ever watch a little baby breathe put your baby on its back, watch his belly, it goes up and down. Watch all of us stressed adults where we breathe. We're all breathing like this with our shoulders or with our chest. So what's important is to stop using these muscles, what we call the muscles of desperation, and start using the diaphragm, the muscle of respiration. So what I want you to do is take your thumb, stick it in your bellybutton, and relax your hand. The other hand goes in the center of your chest. This connects the lower and the upper sources of chi. So we have our lower hand connecting our inner lao gun with our lower dan tien, and our inner lao gun on our right hand with our chest. The trick here is to relax your abdomen, and we should feel this lower hand move first, and the upper hand, not at all, or second. So what'll happen is you'll feel your abdomen start to expand out as you breathe in. Think of filling a glass of water. We fill the bottom of the glass before we fill the top. So I'm going to show you from the front and then I'll show you from the side so you can see a little bit better of what I'm talking about. So I'm going to inhale...and exhale. I'll show you from the side. And watch my abdomen. Good. So what I ask all my patients to do is a minimum of ten breaths, twice a day. The best time is in the morning before you roll out of bed, and at night before you - while you're trying to go to sleep. This can be done even easier laying on your back with your knees bent. Once you get the hang of it, if you don't use your hands, that's okay. They're just a great teaching tool for now. And so, even though Chinese medicine's about moderation, you're allowed to breathe properly as much as you want. And that's breathing like a baby on your belly.