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“Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble
Knowing constancy is acceptance
Acceptance is impartiality
Impartiality is sovereign
Sovereign is Heaven
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal
The self is no more, without danger.”
In this post, we continue our breathing exercises. I encourage you to experiment in order to find the best combination of breathing exercises for you. All of the exercises are helpful and healthful but everyone’s needs are different. The one rule that applies to all of us is that of caution. Always approach each new exercise carefully. Pay attention to your body’s reaction. Since we are practicing these exercises while seated there is not much danger even if you should become lightheaded. Nevertheless, any reaction such as lightheadedness or dizziness is a signal to stop.
One breath in three:
- 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.
- Breathe in lightly in a shallow breath through your nose as you raise your arms up to shoulder height in front of your chest.
- Take another small breath in through your nose (without having exhaled) and lift your arms straight out to the side still at shoulder height.
- Take another small breath in through your nose, again without exhaling first, and lift your arms straight overhead.
- Now exhale slowly through your mouth as you lower your arms back down to their original position.
- Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view. We are going to use the acupressure points Lu 9 and Lu 10 in an exercise described in Michael Reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- Find the point Lu 9 on the picture above and press with the thumb of your other hand on this point which is on the wrist crease beneath the base of the thumb. Breathe in slowly and thoughtfully for several breaths.
- Now press on the acupressure point labeled Lu10 and breathe in and out for several breaths again.
- Change hands and repeat.
- When you have pressed on the 2 points on each hand, make a fist of one of your hands and briskly (but lightly) run your knuckles back and forth over these 2 points for a full minute.
- Then change hands and repeat with the other fist for the same amount 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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