One of the things that usually attracts a lot of attention to the students who start the Luohan qigong training is that sometimes we breathe through the mouth, and also, we emit a series of sounds when releasing or expelling the air.
Like everything in the system, this has a reason and is practiced with a specific purpose. In this article I will try to explain clearly the function of these sounds, or in this case functions. Let's go there!
The first thing we must understand is that air enters or exits differently depending on whether we use our mouth or nose to breathe. I'm not saying it's better or worse. Just different. Breathing through the nose allows us to filter and warm the air we breathe. This makes it the most appropriate way to breathe during most activities. But breathing through the mouth allows us a greater intake of air, with which we can breathe in this way in situations in which we need more input of air (and therefore oxygen). For example, in an intense physical effort. The body usually does it naturally. But not only that. Breathing through the mouth, also gives us the possibility of doing so by placing the mouth in different positions that makes air in also differently. Placing the mouth in different positions allows us to emit different sounds. With this we achieve several things;
-Adopting different forms or positions with the mouth when breathing makes the air enter in a different way, helping the breathing to go to each of the heights or jiaos that we work in the Luohan. Evidently, not only with this. We will also use the "doors" and therefore different muscles so that the air goes to each of the areas. The different positions that we use in the mouth correspond to the same ones that we use in Spanish to say the letters "a", "o" and "u". Therefore, emitting a slight sound corresponding to each of these letters helps us to place the mouth in the correct position to achieve this task.
- When releasing the air through the mouth many people have a tendency to expel it suddenly or too quickly. By emitting the sound of the corresponding height, it helps us control and slow down the air output. We can hear the sound we emit and therefore it is easier to lengthen or shorten the expiration depending on our objective.
-Make these sounds, produces a vibration that helps the qi is directed to each of the areas or heights that we are working. That is to say, for each height corresponds a different sound and each of them produces a different vibration that helps to concentrate in the area that we want.
Luohan qigong. Treasure for health.-Jose Beneyto