Exercise #97 – Healthy Breathing, Part 6



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“So one who values the self as the world
Can be given the world
One who loves the self as the world
Can be entrusted with the world.”
Tao Te Ching #13, courtesy of www.Taoism.net


This week’s exercise includes a sharp, drawn-out exhalation at the end of each movement in contrast to the gentle inhalations and exhalations in the previous exercises.  As always,  use caution when trying something new.  If you feel any discomfort after the first few repetitions, do not continue with the exercise.  Instead, use the same arm movements with the more gentle diaphragmatic, cleansing breath that we have used before.


Strong exhalation with arm exercise:

  1.  This arm exercise is called Push Up on Sky/Press Down on Earth.  Begin by breathing through your nose as you expand your diaphragm.  Lift one arm upward, palm to the ceiling.  At the same time, press downward with your other arm toward the floor, palm facing downward.
  2. Bring both arms back in front of your chest and exhale strongly through your mouth.  Sustain the exhalation as long as possible (as though you were blowing out the candles on your birthday cake).
  3. Reverse your arms so that the one that pushed upward now drops downward and to the side while the other presses upward toward the ceiling.
  4. Continue to reverse your arms, breathing in as you reach up with one arm and down with the other.  Each time you return your arms to the front of your chest release your breath strongly and completely.
  5. Repeat for a total of 12 times then sit and breathe in and out quietly.  Remember if you feel any strain or pain stop the exercise and return to the usual normal breathing.

 Reflexology point:


  •  Click on the illustration above provided by CirclesofLight.com to enlarge the image.
  • Find the point lableled “Lung/Chest/Upper Back”.
  • Massage that area in a circular motion for a full minute.  Then press firmly on the point for another full minute.  Change feet and repeat the massage and pressure for the same length 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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~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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