Exercise #124 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 2


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“Those who overcome others have strength
Those who overcome themselves are powerful.”
Tao Te Ching, #33:2, translated by www.Taoism.net

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With this exercise, we are continuing our concentrated breathing exercises.  You are still using your lower abdomen to breathe but will include the expansion of your back in this exercise as well.

 

Breathing with your back:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly under.
  2. Hold both hands on your lower abdomen so that you can be sure you’re breathing from the correct area.
  3. Breathe in through your nose slowly and thoughtfully as you expand your lower abdomen and your lower back.  If you can’t tell if your back is expanding at first, visualize the movement and after a few practices you’ll begin to feel your back moving outward.
  4. Continue to breathe in through your nose, expanding your back and abdomen and then contracting both as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  5. You can use this breathing exercise as often during the day as you wish.  it is particularly helpful before bedtime or when you are especially stressed.

Acupressure point:

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled Lu 9 by clicking on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view. This point is called the Great Abyss.
  • Press firmly on this point for a full minute.  You may change hands and repeat the process for another full minute.

Benefits: This potent acupressure point will help relieve lung problems such as coughing and asthma.

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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