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This week’s FREE seated Taiji/Qigong exercise:
We’re continuing this week with an exercise and an acupressure point to diminish the negative effects of extreme emotions. As human beings of course, we are all subject to emotional highs and lows. The difficulty arises when those emotions begin to take over our lives and influence our actions. These emotions may have a short-term impact on our health or even a long-term affect, resulting in chronic diseases that may be with us for many years. This week’s exercise benefits the lungs which, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, are associated with the emotion of sorrow.
Shooting the Bow:
- Sit as usual with your back fully supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart.
- Breathe in and out slowly and calmly through your nose for at least 6-12 times.
- Bring your arms to the front of your chest with your hands held back to back as you breathe in through your nose.
- Breathe out through your mouth, pull your right elbow upward and to the right, arm parallel to the floor, hand fisted.
- At the same time, extend your left arm out to the side and follow the movement with your eyes. (Your left hand may be either closed in a fist or you may extend your index finger and thumb are straight, other fingers curved toward your palm.)
- Breathe in through your nose as you bring your hands back to the center, held back-to-back.
- Extend your right arm to the side as you did with your left.
- Alternate sides and repeat for 6 to 9 times on each side.
Letting Go (Lu 1):
- Locate the acupressure point labeled Lu 1 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- Close your hands in fists in front of your chest. Using your thumbs on either side of your chest, press firmly on these two points for two minutes while you breathe in and out slowly through your nose.
- While you press on these two points, identify the source of your sorrow and consciously release this potentially harmful emotion.
Don’t forget to drink water after you finish the exercise or at any time you feel thirsty. Word of Caution…If you have kidney problems, follow the advice of your physician as to the amount of water you can safely drink.
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