“Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?”
Tao Te Ching, #10, Translated by S. Mitchell
Fending Off Monkey is a wonderful example of the multiplicity of benefits that can be gained by the practice of T’ai Chi. Shoulder muscles are gnetly loosened, neck muscles are stretched and if you follow the movement of your hands, your eye muscles will get a work-out, too.
Exercise #27 – Fending Off Monkey
Benefits: Loosening and stretching shoulder and neck muscles while improving your peripheral vision.
Posture: Sit as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart, back supported by the back of your shoulder. Hold yourself erect but without tension.
Illustration by Jane Ramsey
Hold your right hand at chest level, palm facing up.
Begin breathing in through your nose while you swing your left arm back and following the motion of your arm with your eyes.
Begin breathing out and sweep your arm over your shoulder and forward. Pass your left hand over your right so that your hands are about 2 inches apart.
Press your right hand forward, fingers slightly cupped extending it out in front of you at chest level. At the same time, draw your right arm back, elbow bent until your right hand is level with your hip.
Reverse and repeat the hand and arm movements beginning this time with your left hand held in front of your chest, palm facing up. Don’t forget to turn your head and follow the movement of your right arm with your eyes.
Continue alternating for at least 6 repetitions on each side.
Locate Drilling Bamboo at the indentations at the bridge of the nose on the inner edge of the eyebrows.
Press your thumbs firmly at these indentations and press your thumbs upwards at these points on the eye socket bone for no less than 30 seconds.
Benefits – Regular use of this pressure point will relieve red, painful eyes, foggy vision, hay fever and headaches.
~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only. Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~
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 regarding the amount of water appropriate for your condition.
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