Exercise #54 – Breath Regulation


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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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 “Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.”

Tao Te Ching, #9, translated by S. Mitchell

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Benefits – As the name implies, this exercise will help to regulate and deepen your breathing.   Healthful breathing is especially important at this time of the year when we’re spending most of our time indoors and viruses are spread easily from person to person.

Posture – You will be sitting forward on your chair through all of this exercise.  Your feet should be close together rather than shoulder-width apart as we usually place them.

  1. Sit with your feet close together, heels touching.  Make fists of your hands with your thumbs inside your fingers.
  2. Begin by breathing in slowly through your nose and keep your tongue tucked behind your upper front teeth.
  3. Rub your fists upward on the large muscles that run alongside your spine as far as the base of the rib cage.  At the same time,  roll up on the balls of your feet.
  4. Now,  exhale slowly as you rub your fists back down again to the top of your pelvis and bring your heels back down to the floor with a slight impact.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 six to nine times slowly and with concentration.

lu9-and-lu10Use the acupressure point, Fish Border (Lu10), to further improve your breathing.

 

 

  • This point is located on the inside of your hand at the base of the thumb bone.
  • Press firmly on this point for a full minute.  Then change hands and press on this point again for a full minute.

Benefits: This point will help to regulate your breathing, relieving shallow breathing, coughing and swollen throats.

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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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