Bone Breathing

T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Tai chi chuan, Chinese martial arts, Chinese Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Asia

Bone Breathing

The Taoists have a practice of bone breathing known as ‘washing the bone marrow.’ This practice consists of breathing, visualizing, imagining, and/or actualizing golden energy from the earth traveling up through the channels and bones of the legs.

“Washing the bone marrow” fills the inside of the bones with energy and awakes the tissue there. This practice is said to increase bone density, aids in the production of blood cells, and pushes out fat inside the bones to make room for bone marrow to grow.

This practice can be done while lying down, seating meditation, practicing tai chi, or standing in line somewhere. Taoist teachers say that Chi follows Yi, or energy follows intention. As we focus on our physical body, such our organs, tendons, and bones, energy flows to our anatomy and nourishes the body at the cellular level.

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