Ask Grand Master Nan Lu: Slowing My Pulse

Question: My pulse is fast. How do you suggest I slow my pulse?


Inner peace is what natural healing looks like. When you’re at peace, your Qi flows, your Spirit is content, and you can rest easily. When your Spirit is peaceful, your entire internal environment is balanced. Health is the byproduct of a harmonious body.

The body often sends us messages to cue us in to what is happening energetically. A racing pulse is one of these messages. It is a sign of imbalance from your body, and is usually the effect of stress. The best way to slow your pulse is through Spirit Gate Breathing. Follow these steps:

Spirit Gate Breathing

Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Focus your breath on your navel. Your navel is the connection to your ancestral line.

Gently and deeply breathe in, pulling in from your navel. Then gently breathe out, pushing out from your navel. Repeat, holding each inhalation and exhalation for a count of 5.

To finish, breathe in and breathe out, and allow your breathing to become natural at a slow, steady pace. Repeat these steps several times per day.

Put yourself first. If it’s not important, don’t do it. Save your Qi for your own healing.