Healing T’ai Chi
…the award-winning blog of seated exercises based on Qigong and Yang style T’ai Chi for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
“Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.”
Tao Te Ching #10, translated by S. Mitchell
Balancing the Triple Burner
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Benefits – The following exercise warms 3 major parts of the body: head, chest and abdomen. Another purpose for the exercise is to balance your metabolism as well as stretching your torso.
Posture – Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, hips tucked under and head held high.
Breathe in slowly. As you breathe, out, lace your fingers and lift your arms over your head with palms down.
Breathe in again and breathe out, lowering your hands so they rest on the crown of your head for a few seconds.
Breathe in then out and lift your hands above your head again.
This time flip your hands so your palms are facing the ceiling.
Take a breath in and out while your hands are above your head, then return your hands to rest palms down on the crown of your head for a few seconds.
Continue moving your hands up and down alternating the direction of your palms for at least 12 times if your arms don’t get too tired.
Use the Third Eye Point (GV 24.5) to complement your exercise session.
(illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
You will find this point directly between your eyebrows on the indentation at the top of your nose bridge.
Put your hands in the prayer position and press lightly on this point using your middle and index fingertips.
Hold this point for a full minute with your eyes closed as you breathe in and out slowly. Mr Gach recommends visualizing yourself in a restful, safe, and calming place in order to relax and to lift your spirits.
Benefits: This pressure point will help with glandular and emotional imbalances as well as relieving feelings of depression.
Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty. A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician.
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Featured video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFsqTu-MZAM
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~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only. Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~