I was working with a Chi Gong student yesterday, doing the Butterfly Dances in Front of Roses Chi Gong. After about six of these, she said she was getting light headed from the breathing. Later I was doing a guided meditation with her which involved breathing golden Chi in through the skin and sending it to the periphery of the inside body. Again she got light headed. (We are working on her doing belly breathing.) My question is, is it common for people who are not used to full breathing to find some initial discomfort with it, i.e. light headedness?
If a person does abdominal breathing too deeply
and/or too rapidly, the O2-CO2 balance gets thrown
out of whack (too much O2), and you can get lightheaded.
Basically, you end up getting the same symptoms that
someone gets if they are hyperventilating.
And, in some ways, even if a person doesn’t
look are hyperventilating, basically they are.
Often the overexaggeration is due to the person
trying to be “a good student”; yet this is a
situation where it backfires.
To avoid this: Slow down the breathing, and don’t over-exaggerate
the inhale-exhale. I.E. do abdominal breathing, but do it where it
is comfortable, not where you are trying to force your breath in-and-out
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