How to Do Qigong Abdominal Breathing or Diaphragmatic Breathing

Qigong Exercise for Beginners - Abdominal Breathing at Adominal breathing benefits your state of relaxation and enhances your energy. This is also a perfect Qigong exercise for anxiety. Any Qigong beginner can learn this Qigong breathing method as it is how you used to breathe when you were a baby - so you are only relearning what you already knew! Abdominal breathing exercises are the basis of many other Qigong healing methods. To learn Qigong online go to

I'd like to introduce you to a simple Qigong exercise for beginners. It's a breathing exercise and it's very helpful for giving you a bit more energy, calming your mind, relaxing your body, improving your sleep and improving your overall general wellbeing.
When you were born you breathed into your belly. As you breathed in, your belly would expand and then shrink as you breathed out. If you watch a baby or one of your pets at home when they are asleep you will see that as they breathe in the belly expands and as they breathe out the belly shrinks. The breath is very relaxed.
As we become older, usually by the age of about 7 or 8, our breathing becomes much more shallow - chest orientated rather than belly orientated, probably due to day to day stresses and strains, rushing around, even for children!
The basis of breathing in Qigong is Abdominal Breathing and this is the perfect Qigong exercise for beginners because it is really only teaching you what you already know - you already did this as a baby!
Breathe in and out through the nose. As you breathe in expand the belly. If you place your hands flat on your lower abdomen, as you breathe in then you should feel your hands being pushed outwards as the belly expands. In order to make that happen you need to be relaxed in the abdominal area. The best way to feel this is actually if you are lying down. It is much easier from this position. You can place your hand on the lower abdomen, or something heavier like a book on this area. You will then see your hand or the book rise up as you inhale and sink down as you exhale.
This is a wonderful exercise to get things started if you are interested in learning Qigong. If you love this exercise and want to take things further then please head over to my website which is On that page you will see there are a couple of Qigong freebies that you can download. If you have any comments then please leave them below the video. I'd love to hear how you got on with the Abdominal Breathing exercise. Visit website
Added on February 11th, 2020
Last updated: March 11th, 2020