Taoist Teachings in Regard to Breath

Spherical Breathing

  • Deep controlled breathing is an essential aspect of the art of internal cultivation.
  • Internal cultivation balances body chemistries.
  • Controlled changes in the inner body establish a link to the ancient practice of inner alchemy.

Daily Practice

  • Taoist methods suggest that time should be set aside each day to focus full attention on the breath.
  • This breathing should cycle from numerous directions which cycle around the body as if the body were within a sphere of breath.
  • Simultaneously, one should inhale and exhale from all directions, while visualizing that inhaling collapses the sphere as the breath is directed to the center of the body just below the navel (tantien).

Imagine Breath Entering the Body

  1. From the left side
  2. From the front
  3. From the right side
  4. From the back
  5. From the head to the toes
  6. From every other angle between these five directions.


  • Visualize the exhale pushing air outward in all directions.
  • Imagine a sphere expanding to its full form on the inhale.
  • Simultaneously breathe in for seven seconds.
  • Hold the breath for four seconds.
  • Breathe out for seven seconds.
  • Repeat several times.


  • The balance of chemistry in the body relates to the degree of internal energy in the body.
  • When energy is vital and strong, we experience good health.
  • Deep breathing oxygenates the body through the pores and replenishes the blood.
  • Oxygenating the blood nurtures body chemistries and affects activity within the neural networks of the brain.
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