Exercise #260 – The Eight Brocades, Pt 8


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Dear Readers,

This will be the last post for the Healing Tai Chi blog.   I am grateful to all of you who followed my blog and practiced taiji/qigong along with me and my students in the seated Tai Chi class.  Thank you for your loyalty and your many wonderful comments.  Many thanks also to all of you who subscribed to this blog over the past few years.

I feel that the time has come to seriously pursue other writing projects, primarily full length books.  These books will be available in the near future.  Please bookmark my website where information will be posted about the publications.

In the meantime, this blog will remain on WordPress, just without new postings.  Please feel free to scroll through the exercises for those you think will be of benefit to you or ones you have used successfully in the past.

Thank you again for your loyalty and I hope to stay in touch with you through my website, http://www.healingtaichi.com.

Cynthia Quarta


Your FREE (and last) weekly exercise.

Toe Touching to Strengthen Your Kidneys and Your Waist:

  1. Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose only for 6 to 12 slow breaths, concentrating on the movement of air and energy through your whole body.
  3. Breathe in through your nose then out through your mouth as you bend slowly over your thighs toward your toes.
  4. Open your spine vertebra by vertebra, relaxing each section as you bend downward.
  5. Return slowly to a sitting position as you breathe in again through your nose.
  6. Repeat 3 to 6 times if possible.

Note:  Do NOT attempt this exercise if you have had spinal surgery or have a condition that prohibits bending your back.  As always, consult with your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise.

Shady Side of the Mountain (Sp 9):


  • You can find the acupressure point, Shady Side of the Mountain, on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • If possible, lie on your back to use this point.  Bend your left knee so that your foot is flat on the floor or bed.  Cross your right leg over your left thigh and press firmly on this point with your right thumb pushing slightly upward toward the knee.
  • Continue pressure on this point for a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.
  • Reverse legs and repeat with your left leg crossed over your right thigh.

Benefits:  This potent point will help to relieve water retention, knee problems, varicose veins and cramps.

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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This blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.



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