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…the award-winning blog of seated Taiji and qigong exercises to manage stress and balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
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This week’s FREE seated exercise:
Closing the Yin Energy Loop:
- Begin as usual sitting up straight, feet flat on the floor with your back fully supported by the back of the chair.
- Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully 6 to 12 times.
- Breathe in again and lift your energy up the front of your chest to the base of your breastbone. Breathe out.
- Breathe in and visualize your energy moving up the front of your chest to the center top of your head. Breathe out.
- Breathe in once more and visualize the movement of your energy up your trunk and chest, over the top of your head and, as you breathe out, down your back and along the Conception Vessel to close the yin energy loop at the perineum.
- Complete the exercise by repeating step #2.
Heavenly Pillar (B 10):
- You will find this acupressure point on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- Heavenly Pillar is located on the ropy muscles of the neck about half an inch below the base of the skull.
- Press firmly on these two points for no less than a minute by curving your fingers and placing your fingertips on those muscles.
Benefits: This acupressure point will not only help you get rid of your insomnia but it can also reduce stress and exhaustion.
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.
This week’s words of wisdom:
“Insomnia is a variant of Tourette’s–the waking brain races, sampling the world after the world has turned away, touching it everywhere, refusing to settle, to join the collective nod. The insomniac brain is a sort of conspiracy theorist as well, believing too much in its own paranoiac importance–as though if it were to blink, then doze, the world might be overrun by some encroaching calamity, which its obsessive musings are somehow fending off.”
― Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn
This week’s exercise video:
This blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.