Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Training

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-02-2007, 09:28 AM   #1
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
Offline
Breath

~Is there a 'best practice' for getting the breath to drop into hara?~

~~Paula~~
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2007, 01:14 PM   #2
SeiserL
 
SeiserL's Avatar
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,706
United_States
Offline
Re: Breath

Hi Paula,

IMHO, relax, breath in by making a vacuum in the bottom of your lungs, by pulling your diaphram down, by pushing the stomache out. Feels the hips/hara moving with the mechanics. Visualize the air coming in from the heaven, through the body alignment into your feet and the ground, store (hold) and release upward hrought eh legs, hips/hara, and out the arms/fingertips. The vacuum create by exhaling will provide the natural response to breath in.

First laying, sitting, standing, moving/walking, waza.

Words are inadequate. Hope it helps.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2007, 01:34 PM   #3
aikidoc
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
United_States
Offline
Re: Breath

I try to just visualize it - grounding or centering the breath.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2007, 09:57 AM   #4
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
Offline
Re: Breath

~Thank you, fellas, I'll certaily gi ve them both a try ~

~~Paula~~
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2007, 11:21 PM   #5
stelios
Dojo: aikido dojo nippos Crete
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 75
Greece
Offline
Smile Re: Breath

A very wise forum resident once told me to watch a baby breathing. Its belly literally moves up and down which very much resembles what we do in Aikido. Similarly, like a calm newborn, just relax and breathe normally. It does not take much wisdom to do it, us humans do it all the time. Just let the air reach its maximum potential inside you.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2007, 04:51 PM   #6
Timothy WK
Location: Chicago, IL
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 178
United_States
Offline
Re: Breath

IME, Meditating has helped my breathing tremendously. I'm sure a "mindful breathing" exercise would be just helpful for this purpose.

Begin sitting with good posture. Sit in either seiza (if your comfortable sitting that way) or in a chair (but make sure the chair is high enough that your hips are higher than your knees). Rotate your hips forward such that your belly sticks out and feels "full". Look forward but lift your head such that it feels like there's a string pulling the top of your head upwards. Just rest your hands on your thighs. You can do this exercise standing (or walking) if you want as well, but I would advise you start sitting.

Wear loose pants with an elastic waist. Wear them a little low such that the waistband crosses your abdomen rather than your waist. This will provide your with some bio-feedback when you're breathing correctly from your center.

Breath in and out through your nose. I don't try and force a breathing rhythm, but I do try to completely fill and empty my lungs with every breath. Throughout the exercise, try to stay conscious of your breathing. If your attention wanders just return to your breath.

I would advise that you just sit there, relax, and breath. Some soft music might be fine, though. You just don't want any major distractions.

If you can do this 15 or so minutes at a time, 5-7 times a week, after 2-3 months you should find that you're breathing with your center throughout your day without even thinking about it. (If you also concentrate on your posture, you'll find that your posture will likewise improve.)

--Timothy
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2007, 08:34 PM   #7
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
Offline
Re: Breath

~Thank you, All ~

~~Paula~~
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Seminar with Frank Doran, Shihan - Aug. 8-10, 2014 at Sunset Cliff's Aikido, near San Diego's finest beaches



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Out of breath whilst rolling graham Training 8 10-14-2006 02:43 AM
fune kogi undo related question rolling_cube Techniques 7 08-31-2006 10:46 AM
Breath, Aikido & Misogi Misogi-no-Gyo General 91 02-17-2005 04:07 AM
Tori Fune ian General 21 06-13-2003 12:00 PM
Kokyu Ryoku (Breath Power) aikido_fudoshin Techniques 6 06-05-2002 08:27 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:19 AM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate