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Healing T’ai Chi
“Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?”
Tao Te Ching #15, translated by S. Mitchell
Meridians are invisible pathways through which ch’i or energy moves around the body. These pathways can become clogged, preventing the energy from flowing smoothly. Whenever you’re feeling tired and out of sorts, use this exercise to clean out your pathways and give yourself a new burst of energy.
Benefits – This exercise will open up your meridians allowing energy to flow smoothly and evenly throughout your body.
Posture – Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Tuck your hips under so that your back is straight and completely supported by the back of your chair.
Breathe in slowly and close your hands into fists, thumbs tucked inside.
Exhale slowly and thoughtfully as you push your hands forward (palms downward).
Take a quick, short breath in as you push your elbows back. Hold your elbows in that position as you inhale twice more .
Exhale strongly and conpletely as you thrust your fists foward.
Repeat three or more times.
Follow this by centering your ch’i.
(To center your energy, inhale by tightening your diaphragm as you raise your arms over your head turning your palms toward the ceiling. Breathe out through your mouth and slowly lower your arms back in front of your lower abdomen fingers almost touching and palms upward. Repeat 3 times)
Supplement your session with the immune-boosting pressure point, Crooked Pond (LI 11).
Locate this point by bending your arms.
Press firmly on the top of your inside elbow crease.
You may press on one or both arms at the same time for at least a full minute. Use this point frequently when you’re feeling tired. Remember to always breathe slowly and thoughtfully, concentrating on the movement of your energy and breath.
Benefits: This highly effective point will relieve fever, constipation, elbow pain and will boost your immune system.
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.~