Originally Posted by Ghost
A slightly different take.
Today I went for a long walk with a (moderately heavy) book bag. While walking up a hill at a very brisk pace. I noticed my breathing. It reminded me of a somewhat meditative state I used to get into when skiing longer runs. The rythm set up differs from the discussion above in that one breath spands a few turns. In my walk it was 4 steps per inhalation. I don't remember how many turns per breath it was way back when (runs are too short out hear). On my walk, it was interesting to note how each step was different, depending on which phase of breathing I was on. The relationship between breath and the work done by the legs was fascinating. I used to get into a rythm when running (not something I do a lot of), taking deep breaths and holding for a very brief period (too brief according to some theologians , but good for me) then exhaling with controled force, the steps affecting the breath and the breath affecting the steps, in a symphony a flute player could understand.
Doing the same thing skiing on a long black or upper blue run with small bumps, I used to set up a rhythm, much like the same one when running, or swimming. The fun thing was getting the number of turns to match the speed and frequency of bumps to my breathing. The breathing would just get me into a moment that could last the entire run.
Once you are in control, there are infinate possibilities in directing chi while breathing. At first there may seem to be only one correct "way", but really there are many.
Thinking of this has made me reconsider getting some music to ski with, maybe some old Grand Funk Railroad....