The skin is the largest organ in the body. And in Chinese Medicine it is considered the 3rd lung. In some way it’s your first line of defend. Sometimes when you are around something that is toxic, or you have an allergy, the first thing that you might notice is a skin rash. Or you might notice if you use certain oils on your skin, makeup or skin products that you have a reaction. It’s your body’s way of giving you fair warning. You really are breathing in and out through your skin.
This brings me to the matter of the qigong class that I just finished. The past 3 days I’ve been in San Diego studying with Robert Peng, a well-known Qigong Teacher. One of the many things that I learned was that as we would begin to do Qigong was that instead of saying to focus on your breathe, he would say now breathe and begin to breathe through your skin, in and out. As I did this it felt like I was using my skin for the first time to breath in the clear and breath out the toxic. I felt like I was really using the idea of the breath differently noting that this is another way to breathe. I felt more invigorated when I was doing the exercises and I marveled how making this change would make such a huge difference.
So if you are practicing qigong change the set and begin by breathing in and out through your skin.
I found so much about that was so useful in studying with Master Peng, that I can easily recommend that it is definitely be valuable for anyone to study with him. You can find his information at www.robertpeng.com. There are also videos available on YouTube.