Posture 17: Breathing in
The seventeenth posture of Luk Tung Kuen is known as “Breathing in”. This posture is quite complicated. It emphasizes “breathing in”, therefore, the method of breathing of this posture is different from the other postures. This time the exercises use the mouth to breathe in and the nose to breathe out. We perform a lot of movements during this posture.
We use the nose to take a deep breathe in posture 15 and 16. In this posture, we change the method of breathing. This method of breathing is the only one that does not use the method of natural respiration. It aims at training the brain in commanding the respirative organ to use the unnatural method of respiration. This in turn benefits the trachea.
Starting position: Stand upright, two feet apart at shoulder width, aims at sides.
Movement 1: Swing both arms from back to the front and bend the trunk downward. Breathe in deeply. The method of breathing is like the method of drinking soft drink. When the two hands are at the position of the hip, form the two hands in the shape of an arc with the palms facing upward.
The middle finger of the right hand should point to the middle finger of the left hand. The shape of the hand is like someone who is lifting up a stone. Raise the two hands (in the shape of an arc) upward until they reach the level of the chest. Close the mouth naturally, the tip of the tongue placed against the hard palate and breathe out from the nose. When the two hands are at the level of the chest, stretch out the two hands with the palms facing outward. Then turn the palms inside out and bring the arms back to the sides, and count “one”. Repeat the whole sequence for ten times.
When doing the swinging movement at the very beginning, the speed is quite fast. Then slow down the speed. Since this movement emphasizes deep breathing, therefore if we perform the movement slowly, we can breathe in and out deeply.
Note: Keep the feet straight. This posture not only benefits the respiratory organs but can reduce the fat of the belly.