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…the award-winning blog of seated Tai Chi and Qigong exercises to inspire healthcare professionals, caregivers and individuals seeking to balance mind, body and spirit.
“In the beginning, there were names
Names came to exist everywhere
One should know when to stop
Knowing when to stop, thus avoiding danger
The existence of the Tao in the world
Is like streams in the valley into rivers and the ocean.”
This week’s exercise will lift the energy from your legs up into your abdominal area, lower back and trunk. If you have a problem area in the upper part of your body, concentrate on that spot as you lift your legs and try to direct the energy with your mind. As usual, consult with your physician before you begin any new exercise.
Begin as usual sitting with your legs shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor and back fully supported by the back of your chair.
Breathe in and out through your nose for 6 to 12 times slowly and thoughtfully.
As you breathe in through your nose, lift your left foot slowly off the floor toward your chest as high as it will comfortably go. Breathe out and lower your foot to the floor slowly again, ball to heel.
As you breathe in through your nose, lift your right foot off the floor bending your knee and bring it toward your chest as high as possible as you breathe out through your nose.
Continue alternating legs for 6 to 12 times with each leg remembering to breathe with each up and down movement.
Commanding Middle (B 54):
Locate the acupressure point labeled B 54 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
Press firmly with your thumbs in the middle of the crease at the back of your knee for no less that a full minute.
You can use this point often during the day when you experience pain or stiffness in your lower back.
Benefits: This wonderfully effective point is beneficial for relieving back pain, sciatica and for alleviating stiffness and pain in your hips and knees as well.
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 regarding the amount of fluids that are safe for you to consume.
Seated Taiji and Qigong:
Guided Therapeutic Exercises to Manage Stress and Balance Mind, Body and Spirit
Cynthia W. Quarta
Foreword by Michelle Maloney Vallie
Published by Singing Dragon
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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.