Exercise #96 – Healthy Breathing, Part 5


 

 

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“The highest goodness resembles water
Water greatly benefits myriad things without contention
It stays in places that people dislike
Therefore it is similar to the Tao.”
Tao Te Ching #8, provided by www.Taoism.net

For this exercise we will combine Triple Warmer with nose-only breathing.   If your nose is stuffy, use the Alternate Nostril Breathing from Exercise #92 before you begin this exercise.  The combination of the Triple Warmer with nose-only breathing and the Alernate Nostril Breathing will relieve your nasal congestion and warm the upper part of  your body.  Triple Warmer or Balancing the Triple Burner helps you control three regions of the body:  head and chest, solar plexus and lower abdomen.  This balancing exercise benefits the organs in these 3 regions of your body such as the heart and lungs, spleen, stomach, liver and kidneys.

Triple Warmer while breathing through your nose:

  1. Begin in the usual position with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Breathe in through your nose, lace your fingers and as you breathe out (through your nose), lift your arms overhead.
  2. Your hands should be over the back part of your head, arms extended but with a slight bend in your elbows.
  3. Breathe in again, then breathe out through your nose and bring your hands slowly downward until they rest on your head.
  4. Breathe in again (your hands remain resting on the top of your head), then breathe out and lift your arms upward keeping your elbows slightly bent.
  5. Continue stretching your arms above your head and lowering your hands to rest on the back part of the top of your head 6 times.  On the last exhalation lower your arms back to the beginning position. 

Reflexology exercise:

  • Click on the illustration above from CirclesofLight.com to enlarge the points on the bottom of the foot.
  • Locate this point on the arch about midway from the inside to the outside edge of your foot.
  • Massage this area in a circular motion for a full minute and then press firmly for another 60 seconds.  Change feet and repeat the massage and pressure for the same amount of time.
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.

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