Already in ancient times the Chinese people knew the healing forces of sound and they developed techniques for using the human voice as a tool to heal themselves. They called these healing techniques Sound Daoyin. All kinds of communities in China, India and other parts of Asia used sound and voice for healing, spiritual development and the attainment of enlightenment.
Sound and breathing are inseparably linked. Within the theory of the five elements, sounds are linked to organs. The acoustic vibrations of sounds open the body channels and meridians and cause vibration in organs and tissues allowing the possibility of self-treatment in the corresponding areas.
In the ShenBUQI® Sound Daoyin training the “Six breathing techniques (Xu = whistle, Si = hiss, Hao = sigh, Cuai = blow, Hu = long exhale, Xi = a deep breath) and ‘the five sounds technique (Gong, Shang, Jue , Zheng, Yu) are taught. Traditional mantras can be used as Sound Daoyin whereby the self healing aspect is emphasized. The correct pronunciation of the sounds in combination with the use of respiratory force and respiratory and dantian force is very important. During the exercises, the reverse (negative) abdominal breathing is used.
Besides the healing functions of the Sound Daoyin, these exercises are an ideal base for the development of the voice. The exercises also are an excellent tool for anyone who sings or works with their voice.