Healing T’ai Chi
…the award-winning blog of seated T’ai Chi and Qigong exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
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“Those who overcome others have strength
Those who overcome themselves are powerful.”
Tao Te Ching #33, provided by www.Taoism.net
This exercise involves the strong exhalation of breath again but the breath should be exhaled more quickly this time than in the previous exercise. Remember to always approach a new exercise with caution. If you experience any discomfort while practicing this exercise, stop. Then, in the future, use only those exercises with gentle inhalations and exhalations.
Strong Exhalations with Turtle:
Begin sitting as usual with your back flat against your chair, legs shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor.
Breathe in slowly as you press downward with your hands, palms toward the floor.
At the same time, stretch your neck upward (don’t strain) and tilt your head back slightly, looking up toward the ceiling.
Then, bring your head down and your arms in front of your chest as you exhale strongly and quickly (one puff out rather than the usual slow exhalation).
Repeat the exercise at least 9 times. Remember to always be cautious when exercising. At the first sign of discomfort, stop and rest.
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You will find the point for “Solar Plexus” on the bottoms of both feet about two and a half finger-widths inward from your arch, a quarter of the way from the base of your toes to your heel.
Massage on this spot with a circular motion for a full minute. then press firmly for another minute. Change feet and repeat.
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.~