Dantien

 

dantien diagram

This is a brief explanation of what the Dantien(s) is and where they are located

The Upper Dantian: (Shen) located at a center point just higher than the eye brows, it is related to our spirit and/or consciousness.

The Middle Dantian: (QI) located at the heart, it is energy created from food and air and relates to our emotions and thoughts.

The Lower Dantian: (Jing) located two inches below the navel, it is the source of energy which builds the physical body and allows us to develop and use Qi and Shen.

 

 

Three Dan Tian Meditation

1. Close your eyes and place your awareness in the lower Dan Tian. Breathe into this area 5 times.
2. Inhale into the lower Dan Tian and imagine you are drawing qi into your body from the outside. Exhale and radiate the qi out into the universe. 12-36 times.
3. Inhale into the middle Dan Tian and imagine you are drawing qi into you body from the outside. Exhale and radiate the qi out into the universe. 12-36 times.
4. Inhale into the upper Dan Tian and imagine you are drawing qi into your body from the outside. Exhale and radiate qi out into the universe. 12-36 times.
5. Return your awareness to the lower Dan Tian. Focus the breath there and allow qi to accumulate. 12-36 times.
6. Slowly open your eyes. Rub the palms together vigorously until they are warm. Rub your body starting at the head, arms, chest, abdomen, lower back, legs.

 

Sources –   taichibasics.com, www.taoistsanctuary.org

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