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“Fame or the self, which is dearer?
The self or wealth, which is greater?
Gain or loss, which is more painful?
Thus excessive love must lead to great spending
Excessive hoarding must lead to heavy loss
Knowing contentment avoids disgrace
Knowing when to stop avoids danger
Thus one can endure indefinitely.”
This week’s exercise will loosen your ankles, increasing the circulation to this area as well as encouraging the flow of ch’i. Be sure to breathe in and out through your nose slowly as you do this exercise. Don’t try to match your breath with the movements – just breathe normally.
- Sit comfortably with your back against the back of the chair allowing for the natural curve in your back (in other words, don’t tuck your hips underneath you).
- Begin with a few breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- As you begin the exercise, breathe in and out through your nose only and don’t try to match your breaths with the movements of your foot.
- Lift your right leg directly out in front of you. Circle your foot clockwise 12x. The reverse and circle your foot counterclockwise 12x.
- Return your right foot to the floor. Lift your left foot and repeat #4 for the equal number of times.
- Lower your left foot to the floor and repeat the circles with your right and left feet the same number of times.
Bigger Stream (K 3):
(illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
- Click on the illustration above to enlarge the view. Locate the point labeled K 3.
- You will find the point in the hollow about midway between the inside anklebone and the Achilles tendon.
- Press firmly on this point with your thumb for 3 to 5 minutes. You may repeat the pressure on your other ankle if you wish.
Benefits: This effective point will relieve swollen feet and ankle pain and will also strengthen the ankle joint.
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.~