About Danjeon Breathing

Ancient Korean RulerDanjeon Breathing was created by wealthy and powerful Korean elites during the early days of acupuncture, for longevity, relief from aches and complaints and to bolster the immune system.

Today catching a cold means a quick trip to the drugstore, but thousands of years ago, elites were most afraid of dying from a communicable disease such as common cold or flu, hence the old expression “catching your death of cold.”

It was this very fear that propelled the methodical refinement of the most essential Danjeon Breathing exercises over the centuries.

Korean elites suppressed this knowledge for centuries, but after the Korean war it went mainstream and spread throughout South Korea.

Danjeon Breathing is well over two thousand years old and is rooted in Chinese acupuncture.

Originally known as the art of the Masters, it was developed at the behest of Korean ruling elites. Unlike other self-healing energy arts which are widely taught, Danjeon Breathing was largely practiced in secret until the end of the Korean War in 1953. After that became popular in South Korea.

Today, Danjeon Breathing studios can be found in every neighborhood of South Korea.  The nation’s top business and political leaders routinely practice it each day. They do it for the three principal benefits of Danjeon breathing:  Clarity, health and stamina. These benefits are achieved by enhancing the life force and oxygenation levels of the body.

There are several schools of Danjeon Breathing and the newest of them is the Suseonjae style. Unlike the other, more philosophical styles, Suseonjae is more focused on the original wellness concepts of the art. It is why the Feel Better on Your Own Danjeon Breathing for Wellness system is based on this style.

At present, the number of poses available with these different styles is well in excess of 1,000. However, the practice of Danjeon Breathing was largely limited to less than 100 core wellness poses for the better part of its existence. It was these core wellness poses that made it possible for this self-healing energy art to endure for centuries.

To understand why, one must go back to the very beginning and to the ruling elites who commanded the creation of this art, and their motivations for funding its development.

Based on the Needs of the Elites

While one can debate the differences in worldviews between East and West, wealth and power are universal constants.

The ruling elites of ancient Korea did not fear starvation, exposure and other threats which plagued their subjects. In addition to assassination, what they did fear was “catching their death of cold,” as the old saying goes.

Consequently, their health and wellness concerns were about finding a simple way to deal with the normal aches and complaints of age and to boost their immune systems.

Impressed with the results the Chinese were enjoying with acupuncture, they searched for a simpler way to obtain the benefits of acupuncture, without invasive needles and a continuous dependency on schooled practitioners.

Consumed with the responsibilities and duties of office and position, they had little time nor patience for esoteric opinions or beliefs, nor for lengthy periods of study. What they wanted and funded the development of, was an energy art that was easy to learn, effective and gave them quick results in the shortest period of time.

This is why these ancient Korean elites funded the development of Danjeon Breathing, and they certainly got all they hoped for.

First called the Art of the Masters:  The original Masters of Danjeon Breathing of the royal courts developed the core concepts, poses and exercises that remain central to every style of Danjeon Breathing practiced today. The most effective form of belly breathing ever created!

Belly Breathing

A given with all energy arts is the benefit of something known as belly breathing. Watch an infant lying on its back and what you’ll see is natural belly breathing. The same can be said for animals. This is because nature know that belly breathing is the most effective way of getting oxygen into the body.

However, modern man’s unique gift of language has come with a consequence. It turns natural belly breathers into chest breathers at a young age. This explains why radio personalities work diligently at relearning how to belly breathe, so their professional voices have a calmer, deeper radio resonance.

Likewise, other energy arts teach you how to belly breathe as a natural part of your day. However, none of these other energy arts focus the effort in the same way as Danjeon Breathing. Nonetheless, there are parallels.

For example, in Yoga the first of the eight chakras known as the root chakra is located at the base of the spine and groin area. This chakra addresses the animal or base nature needs for security and survival and is associated with the adrenals, kidneys, muscles and arterial blood.

With Danjeon Breathing, the focus is on this same region the body, but with a very unique form of belly breathing, that is focused on what the Koreans call the Danjeon.

The Danjeon

In Korean, the term Danjeon refers to a region of the body immediately above the center of the pelvic cradle, near the base of the spine. Danjeon Breathing as it is known today is named for the part of the body. A region of the body women refer to as the womb as shown in the illustration below.

Location of the Danjeon

This self-healing energy art is focused on this part of the body and one of the first things you’ll learn with Danjeon Breathing, is how to find it. This is simple as shown in the illustration below.

Locating Your Danjeon

What makes Danjeon Breathing different? While breathing is only one aspect of many other energy arts, it is the alpha and omega, the end-all and be-all if you will, of Danjeon Breathing.

The Danjeon Breathing Method

The simplest way to explain the Danjeon Breathing method is that after centering your focus on your Danjeon, you inhale from your danjeon and visualize Life force energy entering through the top of your head and passing down through your body to it.

Fresh Life Energy In

On exhale, you visualize yourself expelling the residual spent life force energies in your Danjeon out and down through your legs and then out through your feet.

Spent Life Energy Out

Of the 57 poses in the Feel Better on Your Own Danjeon Breathing for Wellness system, the central one that transcends all others is the Danjeon Breathing pose.

Danjeon Breathing Pose

Danjeon Breathing Pose

All the other 56 poses precede or follow this central pose and are used to open energy channels in the body to optimize the exercise results for specific symptoms and wellness needs.

What Danjeon Breathing has in common with other energy arts such as Yoga, Reiki and Tai Chi is the goal of oxygenating the body.

This increase in the body’s oxygenation levels not only makes you feel lighter and brighter after your exercise, it also bolsters your immune system. However, because of the singular focus of Danjeon Breathing, this art is more effective than the others.

For example, in the same amount of exercise time as Yoga, Danjeon Breathing will increase the oxygen levels in your body up to three times more than Yoga and with a fraction of the effort.

This is why practitioners of Yoga, Reiki and Tai Chi have become the first adopters of Danjeon Breathing in the USA. They’re adding to their own personal exercise regimes. Not only for the increased oxygenation, but for the life force energy benefits as well.

Life Force Energy (Chi, Ki, Prana)

Life force energy is something that is felt and in the West, this ancient concept was brilliantly popularized in the 1977 blockbuster film, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

"For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us.”—Yoda

Star Wars IV: “For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us.”—Yoda

In the film, the character Yoda was teaching the protagonist, young Luke Skywalker about an energetic presence called “the Force.”

Director George Lucas mesmerized Americans with the concept of channeling the Force, because the concept is drawn from thousands of years of human experience. This is why the concept resonated so quickly with American audiences and does to this day.

In simple terms, when Lucas talks about energy, he’s actually drawing on an ancient concept called Chi (from Chinese), Ki (Japanese) or Prana (Indian.) Like the Force in Star Wars, Chi, Ki, Prana or Life Force as it is called in America, is perceived through personal observation.

This is why science places no credence such personal observations of life force energy though it has been documented for thousands of years. This is because modern science emphasizes objective measurement and because the simple truth of life force energy is that it cannot be patented. Yet, it works and what is critical to the practice of Danjeon Breathing is how it is made to work.

Danjeon Breathing and Life Force Energy

Previously we discussed the origin of Danjeon Breathing to solve the wellness needs of the Korean ruling elites who funded its development. What they were looking for was a simple way to to deal with the normal aches and complaints of age, and immune system support.

Consider this. Elites are problem solvers by nature and throughout the ages, the demand on their time has always been a constant. Consequently, the efforts of these ancient Korean elites were keenly focused on a simple wellness practice they could perform to enhance their clarity, health and stamina.

SPOT - Single Point of TruthTo find it, they use a process similar to what modern systems analysts use today, called the SPOT Method. A SPOT is a single point of truth. Like the corner piece of a jigsaw puzzle, everything else connects to it. Find the four corner pieces of any picture puzzle and the rest will snap together.

For the Korean ancient elites, their first SPOT was what we in the West call “gut instinct.” How many times have we heard the time-tested axiom, “trust your gut instinct.”

What the ancient Koreans wanted to know was, where in the body does “gut instinct” reside. When they located it, they named it the “Danjeon,” and this was a powerful discovery indeed.

Korean elites have always understood the gut instinct power of the Dangeon, and that power really came to fruition for South Korea at the end of the Korean War in 1953, when the practice of Danjeon Breathing was revealed to the country. Popular with South Korea’s business and political elites, its popularity has marched hand-in-hand with the fortunes of that nation since then.

Korean WarAt the end of the Korean War, South Korea was a devastated Third World nation buried in mountains of debt. Today, it is an economic juggernaut that produces our electronics, cargo ships, cars and much more.

To understand how powerful this advantage is, all you need to do is perform your Danjeon Breathing exercise for 20 minutes each day for a period of two months. By energizing your Danjeon in this consistent manner, you will significantly increase your gut instinct abilities.

If you’re a business person, it will help you to make better decisions, but if you are a survivalist, it has an even greater benefit. Something that could be called “survival kung fu.”  What does that mean?

Imagine that you’re on vacation at some tropical paradise and shopping for trinkets, when all of a sudden, a tsunami wave is pushing a wall of water-littered debris right at you. If you have developed your sense of survival kung fu through the consistent practice of Danjeon Breathing, you will sense this danger coming before others do.

While others stare in disbelief, you will already have planned your response and be taking action on it. The net result is that while people are climbing over each other at the base of the stairs, you’ll be watching all this unfold from the second or third floor of the building.

The ancient Korean ruling elites who funded the development of Danjeon Breathing understood this. Hence, it was their first SPOT (single point of truth.) The second SPOT came from China.

Chi Follows Yi – energy follows intention   

Danjeon Breathing was created in the early days of Chinese acupuncture and the Koreans were fascinated by Eastern life force energy (Chi, Prana) concepts of China and India.

What they looked for was the way to combine their understanding of the Danjeon with a practical, life energy application of these concepts and they found it in the Chinese axiom, Chi follows Yi.

Simply stated, you can direct Chi, life force energy, to a specific spot in the body through intention. When you do, the temperature of that spot will change as evidence of success.

How one expresses and uses this intention is the key to Danjeon Breathing.

Here, once could arguably say that, director George Lucas mimicked the intention method of Danjeon Breathing in his explanation of how the characters in the film could use the Force, because the two methods work in essentially the same way:  Focus and visualization. You focus on where you want the energy to go and visualize the end result.

This in a nutshell, is what you do with Danjeon Breathing. As you inhale, you visualize fresh life force energy entering through the top of your head and traveling down to your Danjeon. When you exhale, you visualize the spent energies in your Danjeon going down through your legs and out through the soles of your feet.

In the process of energizing your Danjeon, your belly breathing is not below the diaphragm as with many other energy arts. It is focused at the very bottom of your belly, which is why Danjeon Breathing oxygenates your body more effectively than other other belly breathing technique.

Simultaneously, you are charging your Dangeon with fresh life force energy and here once again is another huge benefit of Danjeon Breathing. Its lasting affect.

Where the benefits of other energy arts like Yoga will last for a few days, after two weeks of continual practice with Danjeon Breathing, those health benefits can last for up to two weeks. Furthermore, several of the most important poses in Danjeon Breathing can be performed even while lying in a sickbed!

If you are feeling the same way about your wellness as the ancient Korean elites did, you’ll want to know the fastest way to get from point A to point B. To learn how easy this is to obtain, read our courseware overview page.