“There is movement, but it is not brought about by force.
The movement is natural, arising spontaneously.”
HEALING T’AI CHI
Enter the Crown and Wash the Marrow is another exercise from the Northern Star Qigong series. You will be using the reverse breathing method throughout the exercise. The basic purpose of all these Northern Star exercises is to disperse your energy or ch’i throughout your body. Remember to pull your diaphragm upward as you inhale. This will tighten your abdominal muscles. When you exhale allow only the area below your navel to expand.
Benefits – You will feel an increase in your energy level if you practice this exercise and the others from the Northern Star Qigong series on a regular basis. Be sure to do your reverse breathing carefully keeping the instructions in mind as you practice.
Posture – Tuck your hips under so that your back is flat against the back of your chair. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart as usual. Allow the natural curve in your spine to return when you bring your arms back down to your lap.
Lift your arm to your sides and up over your head. Lace your fingers, palms up.
Keep your head level but lift your eyes upward as though you could look through your head and see your hands. Breathe slowly using your reverse breathing method for a count of 6.
Return your arms to your lap and then repeat for a total of 9 times if possible. If your arms get too tired, reduce the number of repetitions to a comfortable level. You can always increase the number as you go along.
To locate this pressure point, slide your finger down the top of your foot to the area between your big toe and the one next to it.
Press firmly on this point for at least one full minute. You can use this point as often as necessary one foot at a time.
Benefits: Use this point for dizziness, fatigue and for headaches and nausea. This point is also beneficial for relieving arthritis pain, tired eyes, nasal congesiton and hangovers. Your body will be invigorated and cleansed.
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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~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only. Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~