Food gives us energy, which in Oriental medicine is called Chi, which is essentially the life force that we spend as fuel for movement, body heating, and other biological functions. How well food is transformed into energy depends on the very fire of digestion that either completely "burns" the food or only slightly "tastes" it, in which case all undigested food is deposited as fat.
You've probably seen people who can eat three meals for lunch, eat it all with a nice dessert, buy ice cream on the way home and keep the figure. And some will eat an extra carrot and already see changes in their bodies.
WHAT PUTS OUT THE FIRE OF DIGESTION?
The quality of digestion reduces the lack of Qi - if there is not enough of it, there is no energy for digestion, and the fire "burns" half-heartedly. So what to do? After all, most of the energy we get just from the food. So it's a vicious circle?
Fortunately, we have other sources of energy. First and foremost is sleep. This is why all the nutritionists unanimously say: to lose weight, you need to establish a sleep regime. If we get enough sleep, the Qi increases, the fire of digestion "burns" brighter, and the body require less food - there is already enough energy. But talking about sleep is easy, but starting to get enough sleep in our urban rhythm is a big challenge.
Where else can you get energy? Breathing! It would seem that it is a natural process: how can you breathe even better? I'll talk about both general and my observations about the quality of breathing.
Evolutionarily over the past few years, we have changed a lot, even outwardly. In particular, our skull shape has been transformed: because we have begun to process food in new ways, the need to chew vigorously has disappeared. Our food is now more often soft, refined, and thermally processed. And if you don't have to chew, your jaw shrinks, and the shape of your nasal passages changes as a consequence. Bottom line: we stopped chewing raw food and, as a side effect, the airways narrowed as a result.
From personal observation: the quality of breathing changes, particularly when we are stressed. When we are worried, we begin to breathe more shallowly: a short inhale, a short exhale. Due to this, there is less oxygen (and therefore less Qi). Particularly radical change I began to observe after my School opened after the pandemic: people came to us who seemed to have endured this period with minimal stress - they practice qigong and meditation, they live consciously and are not prone to panic. But even their breathing has changed drastically-so global, all-encompassing stress we've all endured in the last year.
How to adjust the breath to make it full and bring more energy? To do this there are various sets of exercises, in particular, the women's Taoist practices, which restore the authentic breath - a breathing pattern that is characteristic of a man from birth.
AN EXERCISE TO RESTORE THE QUALITY OF THE BREATH
Many Eastern breathing practices present themselves as "practices for weight loss." In essence, they trigger the kind of breathing in which one gets extra energy, and the body stops demanding, "Give me more strength! How?! Any way... The easiest option is to eat! And lots of it!"
To get your breath back, I suggest doing a simple exercise that will come in handy when you're under stress.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your lower back on the floor.
Locate the two active points under the chest. We have 12 pairs of ribs. We need to find the space between the seventh and eighth - it's easier to count from the bottom, from the 12th. Find the bottom rib on the right and go up to space between the seventh and eighth - these will be the horizontal coordinates.
Now draw an imaginary vertical line through the right nipple - where this line will intersect with the gap between the seventh and eighth ribs, the desired point is there. If you press on it, it will be obvious that there is even a small notch - that's what we need. Put your index and middle fingers on it. The second the same point is in the same place on the other side.
Now the left hand: the shoulder is on the floor perpendicular to the body, the forearm looks up, the hand is clenched into a fist. Turn your head to the side opposite to the active point you are pressing.
Now, having mastered this puzzle, close your eyes and count, say, nines from one hundred in the opposite direction. If it's easy, count backward from a million.
Breathe this way for a while, then repeat the exercise on the other side, activating the second point. This position, if you don't interfere with it "with your head" - that is, don't think about how to breathe better - triggers deep, measured, free authentic breathing. Try breathing this way and compare how the condition has changed overall. It's sure to be a fascinating experiment!