Exercise #128 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 6


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…the award-winning blog of seated Tai Chi and Qigong exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

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” Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom.”
Tao Te Ching, #14:3, translated by www.Taoism.net

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We will be breathing in and out through the nose only for this exercise and subsequent exercises.  Nasal breathing is more natural than mouth breathing and has many benefits for overall wellness.  The Featured Article toward the bottom of this post explains in detail why we should make every effort to breathe through our noses except when a particular exercise requires exhaling through the mouth.

Diaphragmatic breathing to release negative emotions:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips slightly underneath you so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in slowly and thoughtfully through your nose as you lift your hands from your lap to the front of your chest.
  3. Breathe out slowly through your nose as you push your hands outward away from, but still in front of, your chest.
  4. Extend your arms as far as possible without locking your elbows.
  5. As you move your arms outward, visualize the movement of energy from your lower abdomen into your chest, down your arms and out through your palms.  Also visualize the release of negative emotions as you push the used up energy out through your palms.

Acupressure point:

  • Cllick on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge the view.
  • Find the pressure point labeled CV 17  (Sea of Tranquility).
  • Press firmly on this point for a full minute when ever you are experiencing a particularly difficult time.

Benefits: This effective point relieves nervousness, depression, hysteria and many other emotional imbalances.

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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Featured article: http://www.normalbreathing.com/index-nasal.php

Featured site/blog: http://adviceforboomers.com/2010/09/27/experts-tips-919-show/#comment-47

Featured video (please click on the link below):

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xe9rqt_how-to-do-seated-tai-chi-routine_lifestyle

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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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