Breathing Anatomy

for Qigong and everyday life.

If you need more than 8 breaths per minute at rest, your breath is shallow. Everyone in our modern-day lifestyle has shallow breathing and is not taking advantage of all the effects of deep full-body breathing.

We think of breathing as the action of taking in oxygen (O2) and exhaling carbon dioxide (CO2). But the act of breathing is involved in many more functions of the body that get stagnant without deep breathing. This is why breathing exercises were present all around the world as cultivation and health practices.

In this class, you will learn why and how breathing is affecting so many organic functions, from improving digestions and metabolism to improving blood and cerebrospinal fluid circulation, as well as aligning your posture effortlessly. But most importantly, you will learn how to improve your breathing capacity and integrate it into your daily lives to reap its benefits.

This class was recorded during my Taiji Qigong Shibashi set 1 teacher training. It was designed to explain the main bones and muscles structure involved in the process of breathing. It is separated into 3 layers:

-Abdominal breathing, relating to the diaphragm, abdomen, pelvis, and lower back.

-Thoracic breathing, relating to the chest, ribs, and middle back.

-Upper Thoracic breathing, relating to the shoulders, neck, sinuses, and head.

All 3 layers are then linked together to form what I call full-body breathing. This full-body breathing is then incorporated into every movement of the Taiji Qigong Shibashi and can be used for any Qigong or internal arts practice as well as being helpful for everyday life.

I’m looking forward to assisting you in your breathing journey.

Course Curriculum

  Part 1: Quick practice to full body breathing
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Fabrice Piché
Fabrice Piché

Journey with Fabrice Piché: From Montreal Meditator to Qigong Quirker!

Hello there! I’m Fabrice Piché. You might have mistaken me for a monk once or twice, but I'm just a guy with a passion for energy. No, not the caffeine kind. The Qi kind!

Montreal (1997): Picture this: A younger, slightly less wise Fabrice (that's me!) stumbles into the National Institute of Chinese Medicine. Why? François Caron, the legendary Qi master, promised he'd teach me his secrets. Three years and one title of "François' Assistant" later, I emerged as a Qigong wizard, a Massage Therapy ninja, and a Naturopathy nerd.

Palm Desert, California (2009): Under the blazing Californian sun, I trained with the masterful Dr. Bernard Shannon. Was it just an excuse to sunbathe? Maybe. But come September 2011, I graduated with a Master of Medical Qigong degree and a slightly tanned Qi.

The Lin Saga Begins: Next, the plot thickens! I meet the rockstar of the Qigong world - Professor Lin Housheng, creator of the world-famous Taiji Qigong Shibashi. It’s not a Saturday night fever, but an 18-movement flow. And guess what? Prof. Lin wasn’t just good at moving - he also made headlines for showing the world that Qi is as real as your grandma's cookies!

Private Lessons in L.A. (2011): Amidst the Hollywood glam, Prof. Lin and I had jam sessions at his L.A. residence. By "jam," I mean Qigong (what did you think?).

The Great Mission (2012): Prof. Lin knighted Francois Caron and yours truly as the Qi guardians for Canada and France. Our quest? To save the Taiji Qigong Shibashi from the misinterpretations of the West and to teach the mystical ways of Shaolin Qigong!

Canada's Got Talent (2012): With Francois, we kick-started Canada's first-ever Taiji Qigong Shibashi Teacher Training Program. Spoiler: It was a hit!

Shanghai Showdown (2013): On the grand stage of the 12th Shanghai International Symposium on Qigong Science, Prof. Lin, Francois, and I broke out our smoothest Taiji Qigong Shibashi moves for the world to see. Bet you wish you were there? No worries, here's the video link!

No More Jet Lag (Recently): After realizing my Qi energy could teleport (sort of), I started offering virtual training sessions. The same great Qi experience, but in pajamas.

So here I am, decades later, still on a quest to bring balance, energy, and maybe a few chuckles to the world of Qigong. Want to join?

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