Exercise #132 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 10


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“Those who wish to take the world and control it
I see that they cannot succeed
The world is a sacred instrument
One cannot control it
The one who controls it will fail
The one who grasps it will lose.”
Tao Te Ching #29:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This exercise requires a great deal of concentration for it to be effective.   We are trying not only to oxygenate the whole body but also develop the ability to direct (with our minds) the flow of energy to a specific area of the body.  When you practice this exercise be sure to conduct your practice in a quiet space where there is no possibility of interruption or distraction.

Dan dien through the spinal path:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly underneath you.
  2. Roll  your shoulders slightly forward and cross your arms in front of your chest.
  3. Breathe in slowly through your nose.  Your mouth should be closed and  your tongue rolled upward behind your teeth resting on the hard palate.
  4. With your mind, direct the energy from your lower dan tien up your spinal column to a point between your shoulder blades.
  5. As you breathe out slowly through your nose, direct the ch’i back down your spine and into the lower dan tien located about 3 finger widths below your belly button in the center of the body.
  6. Repeat this exercise for no less than 6 repetitions.

 

Acupressure point:

(from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
  • Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeledCV 6 (Sea of Energy). It is approximately 2 finger widths below your belly button.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.   Use this point frequently to improve your immunity.

Benefits: This effective point will strengthen your immune system and internal organs and will relieve general weakness.

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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