Exercise #126 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 4


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” The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things.”
Tao Te Ching #1, translated by www.Taoism.net


This exercise continues the oxygenating and breath control exercises we’ve been exploring for the last few weeks.  You will be instructed to expand your rib cage as you breathe in and out.  As always, take care when practicing something new.  You can hurt yourself, make yourself dizzy or lightheaded if you overdo the expanding of your rib cage by breathing more deeply than is natural for you at this stage of your practice.

                            This is a good, simple exercise to use any time throughout the day to re-invigorate and oxygenate or when you are feeling especially stressed.  Use this exercise also to release more energy into your system to reduce the effect of after-lunch sleepiness.


Full chest breathing:

  1.  Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly under so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in slowly and thoughtfully through your nose expanding not just your diaphragm but your whole rib cage. Hold your breath for just a moment and then breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  3. Continue to breathe in and out while expanding your rib cage for at least t6 repetitions.  Concentrate on your breath and clear your mind of any other thoughts.


Acupressure point:

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge the view.
  • Press firmly on these points while breathing slowly in and out while concentrating on the flow of energy up your trunk and down your arms into the fingers that are pressed on these point.
  • Continue to press on these points for a full minute.  You may use these points any time when necessary.

Benefits: This acupressure point will relieve breathing problems, fatigue, confusion, chest congestion, emotional distress , 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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Exercise video: 

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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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