Exercise #18 – Wild Horse


Healing T’ai Chi

“We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.”

Tao Te Ching, #11, Translated by S. Mitchell

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Upcoming Event!  Chair Tai Chi will be hosting a Carnival of Healing on July 19th.  The posting will be filled to the brim with informative resources on healing your body, mind and spirit.

If you have an informational blog (not a blog or website for selling a product) that deals with holistic healing methods such as energy healing, Reiki, exercises, color, vibrational or theta healing, I would love to include a link to your blog in the Carnival.  Please send your information to me at taijijuan@gmail.com.  Include your name, website or blog address, the title of your blog/site and your email address so that I can respond.  Also include the particular article(s) you’d like to have featured as an attachment or by copying and pasting.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 14th. 

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           Once again the Yang short form has provided an exercise for us that contains multiple benefits for mind and body.  Wild Horse benefits shoulders and arms by strengthening and stretching those muscles.  If you follow the movements of your arm as you lift it up and out to the side, you will be exercising the muscles of your eyes.  Additionally, your mind will get a workout when you direct the ch’i  or energy to the arm that is moving across your chest and up to the side to eye level.

 

Exercise #18 – Wild Horse

Benefits – Wild Horse exercises arms, shoulders, eyes and brain.

Posture – Sit as you have in the previous exercises.  Though your posture is straight and lifted, there should be no strain.  Relaxation is the key to benefitting from all of these exercises.

Illustration by Jane Ramsey

  1. Hold your hands near your left hip with the left hand on top and the right underneath.  The distance between your hands should be about the size of a soccer ball.
  2. Breathe in deeply while you bring your arms to your left hip.
  3. Breathe out as you begin to move your right hand out from underneath your left.  Your left hand presses down toward the floor (palm down) while your right arm crosses your chest and ends on your right side at eye level.
  4. As you begin breathing in again, move your arms to the right side of your body with the left hand underneath the right.
  5. Breathe out while moving your left arm across your body and up to eye level on your left side.  Your right hand will be pressed downward with your palm facing the floor.
  6. Continue alternating from side to side for a total of 18 times.

  Try the acupressure point, Wind Mansion to enhance your session.

  • Find this pressure point by tracing your finger along the part of your spinal column located in your neck.  Where it joins your skull there is a large hollow.
  • Press on the Wind Mansion for 30 to 60 seconds when necessary.

Benefits – This point is especially useful for relieving mental problems and headaches as well as ailments of eyes, ears, nose and throat.

 Don’t forget to drink water either at the end of your exercise session or any time during your exercise when you begin to feel thirsty. A word of caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician regarding the amount of daily water intake appropriate for your condition.

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This week’s featured site:  http://www.healthshackonline.com/healthblog/

Featured video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FERIw0q8kGk

 

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·      http://www.post-polio.org

·     http://www.bottomlinehealth.com

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·     http://www.americanheart.org

·     http://www.msassociation.org

·     http://www.padcoalition.org

·     http://www.diabetes.org

·     http://www.arthritis.org

 

~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~

 

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