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Does the Asian concept of dantian make any sense?

Asked by LostInParadise (28940points) January 7th, 2020

Dantian is related to the flow of qi in Asian martial arts, traditional medicine and other areas. There are dantians in three parts of the body – head, chest and abdomen.

I am not very knowledgeable about this, nor do I want to be, but I find the concept of abdominal dantian to be of interest. It is located about two inches below the navel. I learned about it in a class I took on aikido. Before dismissing this as nonsense, try the following exercises, imagining your energy as flowing outward from your dantian:

1. Throw a punch.
2. Sing a song
3. Do a dance step
4. Take a few calming breaths

Do you feel it? After I took the aikido class, my singing and dancing abilities went from horrible to barely acceptable.

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zenvelo's avatar

It makes sense in that it is not too different from yoga breathing and centering.

janbb's avatar

I was doing Qi Gong for a few years and they spoke a lot about dantian. As an atheistic, pragmatist I didn’t buy a lot of the jargon yet I felt more peaceful at the end of a session than at the beginning. Whether it’s the movement, focusing your breath or just trying to quiet the “monkey mind” I do feel now that there is something in all these Eastern practices that is useful.

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