Exercise #51 – Sending Ch’i to the Kidneys


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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. 

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 “If you let yourself be blown to and fro,
you lose touch with your root.
If you let restlessness move you,
you lose touch with who you are.”

Tao Te Ching, #26, translated by S. Mitchell

 

Benefits – This exercise will send energy to your kidneys to heal and strengthen these important organs.

Posture – You will be moving out of your beginning posture in this exercise but begin as you usually do, feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Remember to tuck your hips under you so that your back is flush to the back of your chair.

  1. Inhale and raise your arms out to shoulder level, plams downward.
  2. Exhale and twist to the left turning your hands perpendicular to the floor, thumbs pointed up.
  3. Inhale and return to the center.
  4. Exhale again as you twist to the right repeating step 2.
  5. Inhale and return to the center.  Take 2 breaths by tightening your diaphrgam when you breathe in and expanding it when you breathe out (reverse breathing).
  6. Raise your right knee to your chest and grasp it with your hands.
  7. As you exhale, pull your knee toward your chest but press outward with your knee resisting the pull of your hands.
  8. Drop your head to your chest as you inhale, round your back and tighten your stomach muscles.
  9. Exhale again returning your foot to the floor and straightening your back.
  10. Repeat steps 1 through 9 raising your left knee this time. 
  11. Repeat the entire sequence 6 times alternating knees.

lower-leg-and-footEnhance your exercise session with the acupressure point Blazing Valley (K2).  It is better to be lying down when you use this point either on the floor or in bed.

 

  • Blazing Valley is located in the middle of the arch of your foot midway between the tip of your big toe and the back of your heel.
  • Press firmly on this point for at least 60 seconds on either foot then change feet.

Benefits: Regular use of this pressure point will relieve edema and swelling of the feet and ankles.

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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.~

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