Inhale and expand the chest, arms bent at the elbows and extended to the sides of the body. Exhale, tuck the tailbone under and round the back forward, bringing the elbows toward one another in front of the chest. Inhale, expand the chest, tuck the chin in toward the throat, push the chin back, raise the crown and bring the arms out to the sides. Repeat this back and forth movement 36 times. This movement activates the cranial and sacral pumps, and loosens all the joints in the spine. Fig. 8 Spinal Cord Breathing 13 Fig. 8 Spinal Cord Breathing 13 Fig. 9 Spinal Cord Breathing
Spinal Elongation breathing cannot lengthen the spine unless the head is held as if it is pushed back from the upper lip and lifted from its crown without strain. (Fig. 4.7) If the chin moves slightly forward and up, the neck collapses and the entire upper body will be collapsed and distorted. Then the spine will curve excessively and no type of deep, free breathing is possible. Even the wind pipe itself becomes constricted. This is the condition of most people's necks. For this reason, it is rare to find people in our culture who do not have chronic misalignment of the neck vertebrae. Fig. 4.7 Proper alignment of the head and neck is the basis for effective spinal elongation and upright structure. Fig. 4.7 Proper alignment of the head and neck is the basis for effective spinal elongation and upright structure. Even after balanced structural alignment becomes easy and natural, a very subtle intention to maintain head neck alignment may be necessary. This slight lifting and moving back...
To enhance the effects of the Structural Training Position Against Wall and the use of the breath, first fully exhale. Then, inhale slowly and deeply through the nose, directing the breath up into the chest. The abdomen should remain in and not protrude. As you do this, visualize and feel the spine lengthen. This will happen automatically if you stay relaxed. Do not try too hard. Once you feel spinal elongation, you can refine this sense further by feeling a wave of elongation starting at the base of the spine, traveling upwards as you inhale. As you exhale, continue to feel yourself lengthening upwards, rather than collapsing back completely. You will feel the structural muscles around the spine take over . The lengthening upwards that occurs with exhalation is more subtle than that which occurs with inhalation, and is really a wave of support that prevents excessive collapse. This wave of support begins at the head, and travels downwards as you exhale. Breathing into the chest in...
Always cleanse the spinal cord, which protects the entire body from diseased and negative energy, both physical and psychic. When you open the spinal cord and solar plexus you can release many energy blockages. Sweep the hand in a clockwise motion to energize the spine with either or a combination of blue, green, white and ultra-violet. Then spiral counterclockwise and brush the spine down to the ground. Continue sweeping until you feel that the spinal cord has cooled down. Remember not to use orange orSpineY red.
Begin in the same stance as for Waist Loosening. Bring both hands together and hook the two thumbs together. Keeping the hands close to the torso, inhale and raise the arms until they are extended straight above the head, with the fingers pointing upward. Gently stretch up in this position, extending the spine slightly backwards. You can even say Ahhhhhh as you would when you stretch first thing in the morning. 4-5. Begin to exhale slowly and bend forward, reaching as far out in front as you can, keeping the head between the arms. Try to feel each joint of the spine releasing one by one in a wavelike motion. Bend first from the lumbar vertebrae, then from the thoracic vertebrae, and finally from the cervical vertebrae. At this point you should be completely bent over. 6-9. Slowly straighten your back, once again feel each joint of the spine become open, from the sacrum, lumbar, thoracic and cervical vertebrae. Allow arms and head to hang heavily until you are back in the starting...
We human beings usually suffer from the gradual curving of our backbones, from the time we first begin walking upright, partly because our heads are so heavy relative to the rest of our bodies. The curvature of our backbones tends to damage the autonomic nerve system that branches out from the spine, and to cause various diseases. For
This practice serves to strengthen the spine and protect it, and it is also important in the higher practice to wrap the spine with energy for its maintenance during trips to the midplane. A. Practice Fusion, and then run the Microcosmic. Bring the pearl into the sacrum, and run it up the inner side of the back of the spinal cord to the brain. Wrap the energy around the frontal lobe and inside the skull. Return it down the inner side of the front of the spinal cord, and wrap it around the whole length of the spine. B. Bring the pearl down to the coccyx and through it, and then up the outer side of the back of the spinal cord to the outside of the head. Wrap it around the frontal lobe and bring the pearl down along the outer side of the front of the spinal cord and return it to the coccyx. C. Wrap the pearl around the coccyx. Wrap it around the outside of the spinal cord all the way up to the brain and the frontal lobe of the brain. Wrap the pearl around the skull, and then wrap it...
Connect your eyes to the low brain, the brain stem, and then smile down the spine. Begin smiling down the spinal cord, the tube that runs down the center of your vertebra. Smile into the spinal fluid that fills it. It may feel like a Christmas tree lighting up millions of little nerve endings fed from the spine, all of them lighting up as you smile inside them. Feel them beaming back as clusters of little lights, little bursts of joy followed by feelings of calmness and inner peace. Merge with your cerebral spinal fluid, bathe all your nerve endings, which might be a little frayed, a little stressed, until the whole spine is filled with this golden light bathing it, flowing down through it, all the way down to the tailbone. You may begin feeling a deeper level of calmness than you have experienced for quite a while. Silent practice, one minute. Spinal fluid is very sensitive and very potent. Spinal fluid is just your blood serum, with the red blood cells filtered out in the brain. You...
There are many energy channels in the body, out the most important ones are the front channel and the back channel. The frcnt channel runs in the front and middle of the body the back channel runs along the spine to the head. straighten the entire soine. Energy travels up and down the spine in the governing ciannel more easily when the spine is straight.
Without stepping, lower the right foot to the ground and transfer 60 percent of the body weight to the right foot with the remaining 40 percent on the left foot. The whole body moves forward and circles from left to right by pivoting from the basal spine, which causes the arms to move in a larger circle. As the circle starts to once again go to the left, sit back, raising the right foot up on its heel. Turn the right heel slightly to the left and then lower the right foot to the ground.
Raise the index fingers slightly and extend the thumbs first towards each other and then toward the ground. Be 95 aware of the Tan Tien and the Universe, and 5 aware of the index fingers and the big toes. Wait until you feel the Chi enter. Fill the joints of the fingers and up to the wrists feel 'tense but not tense' and let the Chi continue to fill the joints up to the elbows, up to the shoulders and gradually up to the neck and the head. Go from the toes up the legs to the hips and on into the spine and the rib cage completing all the joints of the body.
While Holding Forth, notice tension in the muscles of the upper back called rhomboids and trapezius that originate from pulling the shoulders back. The shoulders usually have to be pulled backward in order to compensate for the shift of the head forward however, there may be variations of this tension resulting from combining this pattern of holding tension with others. Experiment with this tension to find out for yourself whether you have to have it when Holding Forth. In addition to your head, your whole torso may be tilting forward producing more or less chronic tension in erector spinae muscles, which form the longest muscle group in human body running the entire length of your spine from the skull to the sacrum.
The fourth alignment, Streamlining, is also crucial in Backward Pull. Imagine a vertical plumb line dropping down from the top of your head. If your spine aligns with that straight line that continues down toward your back heel, you will have maximum strength and stability in your Backward Pull. Turning the head to see your target is imperative to ensure that you hit the right person behind you maintaining the vertical alignment of the neck is essential in this maneuver. Imagine wearing a helmet that allows you to turn your head but prevents you from tilting it sideways at the same time. Compare practicing Backward Pull with and without this alignment to find the way of performing this movement that works best for you.
The arm movement is made rather quickly and with a growing effort, at the same time you breathe out through the nose with a sound WU . In the final position, the upper part of your spine is slightly bent, the shoulders are moved forward on the contrary, the thorax is bent inward and lowered a little, the stomach is strained and filled . At the moment of the biggest effort your expiration is stopped you lock air and set excess pressure in the region of DANTIEN. However, breathing stops only for a few fractions of a second. After it, weaken your muscles and breathe out through your nose in a natural way.
Let's smile into everything else in our body that hasn't felt our smile of unconditional acceptance. Smile the golden liquid light down through the bones, filling your entire skeleton with pulsing light. Feel the big arm and leg bones expand into large tubes filled with liquid light. Let that feeling expand into the pelvis, spine and ribs, the skull. They may feel lighter, less dense, as you smile into them.
Lie on the back. Put the arms at the sides of the body. First contract the abdomen with force, do a sit-up and return to the original position. When lie down again, make the spinal column touch the ground slowly from the lower part to the upper part. Repeat 8 times.
The humpback is characterized by spherical posterior deformation of the spinal coloumn. Office workers at middle or old age are often affected by this syndrome if they pay little attention to their working posture. Therefore, measures must be taken when early signs appear. First of all, a correct sitting posture is important. In addition, the following exercises can be practised to correct deformation. 2) Put the interlaced fingers of both hands at the back of the neck and bend the waist to the maximal extent. Then straighten the waist and raise the head to the maximal extent, so as to increase the activities of the spinal column. Repeat 10 to 20 times.
2) Inhale, contract the buttocks muscles and raise the buttocks slowly to make the lower part, the middle part and the upper part of the back leave the ground until the body is supported by the shoulders. Keep this position for several seconds. Then exhale and lower the body to the original position slowly until the spinal colomn is straightened entirely (Fig. 125). Repeat this 5 times.
Take one step to the right with your right leg and squat down. Place your hands on top of your knees, with the thumbs on the outside of the thighs. Sink your Qi to the bottoms of your feet, and place your mind on the two Bubbling Well cavities (one on each foot). Shift your weight to your left leg and press down heavily with your hand, and line up (i.e. extend) your head, spine, and right leg. Stay in this position for about three seconds.
During the next few months, my headaches had changed from one continuous headache to daily bouts lasting approximately five hours. However, the rest of my body was acting up, and it was with great difficulty that I was able to walk. It seemed as though my whole spinal structure was in revolt as were all the muscles that were attached to it. I began seeing a massage therapist twice a week as well. I was in such pain I shuffled like an old lady when I walked.
Squeeze the Spine (Jargi in Chi Kung, Mingmen in the martial arts, and Lingtai in acupunc-tureXFigure 3-34) The Jade Pillow cavity is the last gate which you must open. The cavity is so named because it is located in that part of your head which rests on the pillow, which the Chinese liked to make out of jade. There is not much muscle in this area, and so the path of the Governing Vessel is narrow, and easily constricted. This lack of muscle creates another problem. Because most of the spine is surrounded by layers of muscle, it is easy to gauge where the Chi is because of the response of the muscles. However, from the Jade Pillow up over the head there is very little muscle, and it is harder to tell what is happening with the Chi. This is especially confusing for beginners, but if you take it easy and proceed carefully, you will soon learn to recognize the new clues. For some people, when the Chi passes through the Jade Pillow cavity it feels like insects walking over their heads....
Reach the deeper emotional layers of your body The ultimate goal is to prepare the body for the higher spiritual
Whether one is a student or an expert, practice is essential. A practice session can be fruitless if the body is not properly prepared to handle the energy it is about to absorb. This is the main reason for Iron Shirt training. The term warm up means to begin the Chi and blood flow and invigorate their circulation throughout the body. Warm up exercises are particularly important for areas of the body that are rarely stretched such as the spine and sacrum. In Iron Shirt Chi Kung, one learns to reorganize the structure of the body. In particular, discover how to use the power of the lower tan tien, the perineum and the spine to stand in a strong, stable, integrate way.
The fourth energy center point is the Chang-Chiang (Woii Lui) at the coccyx. This point is very important because it is here that the power is either returned to the body or lost. When the generative power (sperm power) is returned, it passes through this canal and into the spinal cord and then to the brain. This has been called the Passage to the Door of Life and Death because it is here that the warm current is said to enter the central nervous system.
Ribs (intercostal muscles), the muscles in the neck, and the abdominal muscles. The diaphragm, a bell-shaped sheet of muscle that separates the lungs from the abdomen, is the most important muscle used for breathing in (called inhalation or inspiration). The diaphragm is attached to the base of the sternum, the lower parts of the rib cage, and the spine. When the diaphragm contracts, it increases the length and diameter of the chest cavity and thus expands the lungs. The intercostal muscles help move the rib cage and thus assist in breathing. All the muscles used in breathing contract only if the nerves connecting them to the brain are intact. In some neck and back injuries, the spinal cord can be severed, and the person will die unless he is artificially ventilated.
Inhale and exhale in the same way through the toes, feet and legs then, in a step-by-step progression, inhale up through the calf bones, thighbones, pelvis, coccyx and sacrum, and up the spinal column to the C-7 vertebrae. 8. Place the palms face down to the earth and be aware of the galaxy and the yellow light make three to six circles to gather the Chi below. Gather the yellow Chi touch your heels and feel the yellow Chi flowing up the leg bones. Feel the bubbling of your bones like an electric current running up through the feet, tibia and fibula, femur, pelvis, and spine. While touching your bone and bone marrow with your fingers, slide your hands up along the back of your legs slowly come all the way up to touch the coccyx and the sacrum. Concentrate on your sexual center so the energy will flow and spread out to the sexual organs. Go back to the navel and gather the Chi into your Tan Tien.
If you have been concentrating on the navel for a long time but do not feel any energy, change your focus to the Ming-Men, the point opposite the navel on the spine. This helps the energy to rise up to the head and descend down the front of the body to the feet. However, if you do not feel anything in the navel but have definite signs of improved health, you are on the right track. Remember, the experience of chi is different for everybody. Some people experience warmth or bubbling sensations, others feel as though their navel area is expanding, and some people can increase their chi circulation without creating vivid sensations. No matter what your experience is, try to be as sensitive and aware of your body as possible. Adventure into your body, it is a vast land laden with riches. If you still don't feel anything by then, you can extend the time for up to four weeks. You should not persist any longer than that. Move on to the next point, otherwise you might get congestion in your...
But once the Chi is awakened and you complete the route you may experience many different breathing patterns rapid breathing, shallow breathing, deep breathing, prolonged retention of breath, spinal cord breathing, inner breathing, crown breathing, soles of the feet breathing, etc. You need not try to regulate your breath as breathing patterns will occur automatically according to the body's needs.
Drop both hands in front of the body. The palms are facing down. Lift up the heel of the front foot and pivot to the right on the ball of the foot. Shift the body weight to the right foot and then pull the left foot to the right foot. The body and the feet should be pointed to the diagonal left. As the left foot slides to the right foot, turn the hands over so that the palms are facing up. Circle both hands outward and upward. The palms and elbows are facing down. The spine is relaxed and straight. The lower half of the body is heavy (positive) while the upper half is light (negative).
The Shoulder Widening Exercise develops natural alignment of the shoulders by widening the shoulder blades out to the sides, rather than rolling them forward or pulling them back. In all body segments, healthy alignment leads to an increase of space. If the shoulders are pulled back, then the width of the upper back is decreased and the upper spine is compressed. If the shoulders are rolled forward, the chest collapses and its width is decreased. However, if the shoulders are dropped down and widened out to the sides, then there is an equal opening of space across both the front and back of the upper torso. You can practice while sitting, standing, or in the Structural Alignment Position Against Wall. Be sure that the spine is erect. Aligned placement of the shoulders must begin with an erect neck head and an erect upper back chest.
In India, the kundalini is symbolized by a serpent awakening from a deep slumber and rising up from the base of the human spine in a spiralling motion through the seven energy centers (chakras) of the body, purifying and unblocking the powers of each center as it rises. For millenium this same serpent has been a universal symbol for wisdom and healing. Nearly every Egyptian pharoah is depicted in statues with a serpent emerging from the third eye in the forehead.
Stand straight, touch the tongue to the palate, and put the palm on the navel. (Fig. 3.82 (b)) Smile down to the organs and bring the energy to them. Let the energy circulate in a circle, starting from the navel down to the perineum and up the sacrum, to the spine, to the top of the crown and down the third eye to the tongue, to the heart, to the solar plexus, and to the navel. Do this several times and collect Chi in the navel by circulating it 36 times outward and 24 times inward to the navel.
The life of a human being begins with the piercing of an egg by a sperm cell. From this original act of Kung Fu, an enormously complex human being develops, which is capable of real genius. The fetus develops around that point, which is called the navel. It is from this point that nutrients are absorbed and wastes expelled from the developing creature. Therefore, in the Warm Current Practice the navel is a point of overriding importance. While in the womb the human being doesn't breathe air (the lungs do not function at all). Energy and oxygen are passed to the fetus through the umbilical chord. When the energy flows into the fetus' body, it enters at that point at which the navel will later be after the umbilical cord is severed. Then it proceeds downwards to the bottom of the trunk flows all the way up the spine to the crown of the head and from there flows down the middle of the face continuing on to the navel, again to complete the circuit. The Governor (or control) Channel also...
Using a wall for feedback, you will be able to feel when you have a structurally aligned, elongating spine. This exercise is dependent only upon a wall or door to lean against, so it can be done anywhere as a postural recharging exercise. For those with back problems, particularly lower back pain and sciatica, it is a powerful method for decompressing the vertebrae and lessening the discomfort. Lean against a wall with the heels approximately one to one and a half feet from the wall. Bend the knees and tuck the pelvis under so that the lower spine becomes flattened to the wall without discomfort. Work gradually to this position if there is discomfort initially The calves will be perpendicular to the ground or slightly angled back toward the wall. You should feel that you are comfortably leaning against the wall. Bring as much of the upper back as flat to the wall as possible without strain, by beginning with the sacrum against the wall while holding the remainder of the spine rounded...
During Zhan zhuang, shoulders' muscles are easily submitted to overexcited nerves. To verify it examine your shoulders if they are rigid, local muscles are stimulated. Check if your breathing is deep and natural, if your chest if feel suffocated, etc. If it is the case, first inhale slowly until your lungs are filled to capacity, enlarging your thorax, and after stretch your spine vertically and straight upward, and slightly swaying sometimes leftward or rightward, exhale slowly, at this time shoulder muscles are following the contraction of thorax during exhalation and just naturally relax.
The person whose vein has been sealed can be revived within a few minutes without damage to the brain. Usually, a palm strike to a certain spot on the spine will release the muscle tension in the neck and allow the blood to flow freely again. After the person is revived, a soft massage of the neck muscles will expedite recovery.
ONG sound can help with problems in the eyes, the ears, nose, and all kinds of headaches and head problems. MA LEE can help with problems in the throat, shoulders, elbows, and the heart and lungs. BAE MAE can help with problems in the spine, back, kidneys, stomach, and intestines. HONG can help heal the problems in the joints of the body and the legs. In Spring Forest Qigong we practice two sounds OHHMM and MWAAH. When you chant or meditate on OHHMM , the energy runs down from the throat to the bottom of the torso along the front channel. When you chant or meditate on MWAAH , the energy travels up the back channel, called the Governing Channel, along the spine.
Begin with the basic orbit, concentrating on the navel until you feel warmth or energy, directing the chi down to the Hui-yin (perineum), up the spine to the Pai-hui (crown of head), and through the tongue and palate back to the navel. Stop at the navel to collect more energy, then direct the power once more to the Hui-yin (perineum). 7. Here the energy divides into the left and right arms and descends to the inside of the upper arms, down to the forearms, and passes along the middle of the palm, the Lao-kun. Concentrate here for a while and then feel the energy run along to the middle finger. Then go up the outside of the forearm along the outside of the middle of the upper arms, reaching the shoulder region. Here the energy rejoins on the spine between the shoulder blades.
1.To do this, when you concentrate, begin at the navel. When you feel the power, bring it down to the Hui-yin, the coccyx. Then up into the spinal cord, stopping at the Ming-men and then going on to the pineal gland, on top of the head, where you concentrate for about ten minutes. 3. Then start the Microcosmic Orbit Small Heavenly Cycle around the trunk of your body, circulating it thirty six rounds, bringing the power to the coccyx and letting it flow up the spinal cord, to the Chi Chung or the mid-point of the adrenal glands.
From the Hui-Yin the energy moves to the Chang-Chiang, or sacrum, and begins its ascent up the back to the crown of the head and the brow point. The back channel is extremely important as it contains two pumps, one at the sacrum (the large bone at the lower end of the spine), the other at the Yu-Chen (back of the neck near the upper end of the spine). The first pump sends chi and spinal fluid up to the neck, the second receives the chi and spinal fluid and pumps it up into the brain. Opening the back channel is like bringing fresh air to a stuffy room. Your spinal column and head will be refreshed, the nerves will be activated, and the extra oxygen and blood flowing to your brain will make you feel more alert, more alive.
The extraordinary channels all draw their energy from the kidneys, which are the storehouse of Ching Chi (essence or sexual energy) in the body. Thus the extraordinary channels circulate the Ching Chi around the body, particularly to the skin and hair, and to the five ancestral organs the brain and spinal cord, the bone marrow, the blood, the uterus and the liver and gall bladder.
Smile into the perineum, palms, mideyebrow and crown. Then slowly raise the arms, palms facing each other to chest height keeping the elbows relaxed and sunk. Then slowly rotate the arms until the palms are facing down. Absorb the Earth Chi through the soles, perineum and palms feel it being absorbed into the bones and body like a steam or mist rising from the earth. Feel the earth force move through the center of the bones, up the calves, thighs (femur bones), through the hip bones, spine, scapulas, arms, neck and skull. Finally swirl the energy around your brain. Become aware of the palms and the crown. Activate the Laogong point (Pericardium 8). Feel the heavenly energy, and be aware of the violet light of the North Star and the red light of the Big Dipper shining down. Draw this light in through the palms and the crown point and feel it washing your bone marrow. Direct the sensations down through the skull, cervical vertebrae, clavicle, scapulas and sternum. Activate your thymus...
Stand quietly with feet shoulder-width apart. Allow the hands to hang naturally, and keep the neck and spine straightened as if supporting an object on the head. Your knees should be relaxed and slightly bent, while the toes clutch the ground. Keep your tongue against the palate your eyes should look ahead but see nothing. Breathe evenly, with the mind concentrated on the Dantian. Stand this way for 3-5 minutes (Fig. 52).
For instance, a person with eye problems usually has pranic depletion in the eyes, while the inner aura of the surrounding areas may be normal. Since the palm is quite big and the inner aura of the eyes is about two inches in diameter, it is likely that the palms may feel only the healthy eyebrows and forehead without becoming aware of the small trouble spots. This could be avoided if the fingers were used in scanning. The spinal column should also be scanned by using one or two fingers in order to locate small trouble spots. In treating serious cases, the eleven major chakras, the relevant minor chakras, all the major and vital organs, and the spine should be scanned thoroughly. It is through proper scanning and correct understanding of the nature of the ailment that the correct treatment can be determined.
Tan sau, focus on a ball of energy in the palm, pooling chi in the elbow, yang raising waves, chi flow from elbow to palm, chi flow from root to the elbow. Wu sau, strong focus on raising yang chi, chi flow from hand through the bones into the elbow, from the elbow up to the spine. Fook sau, Focus on the yang raising waves up through the bones into the Dan Tien, divide it to go up the spine through the tail bone, and simultaneously up the front of the body to the solar plexus, out along the center line into the fook sau hand, through the bones to the elbow, up into the spine where it joins with the spine chi and washes over the brain.
So, how exactly does all of this affect you The exercises that you will learn here are designed to give your body a tune up at many different levels. They have been refined and tested over thousands of years specifically with medical concerns in mind. So when you do the exercises in their proper form and sequence, you will be stimulating the meridians and channels in the body to enhance the flow of healthy energy (Qi) while at the same time eliminating the unhealthy energy (Sha Qi). Because of the positions assumed during the movements, you are alternately compressing and expanding the energy rivers, in addition to exercising the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. By learning proper posture and diaphragmatic breathing, you are aiding your body in maintaining optimal health and fitness. The twisting of the waist and hips, along with the spinal stimulation, helps to massage the internal organs and the tissue surrounding them. While all of this activity is taking place, you are...
Step 1 Smile into the three brains Step 2 Smile to the heart and vital organ spirits Step 3 Smile to the spine & nervous system Step 4 Smile, swallow to bowels & sexual organs Step 5 Smile to bones, blood, flesh, & cells Step 6a Smile, dissolve your entire physical body Step 6b Smile, dissolve beyond the body
Now, send your attention and energy to the point in the center of your back and spine, directly opposite your navel. Hold your mind, attention and energy at this point. Breathe in and out here three or more times. Notice how this feels. Then continue up the center of your spine to the point opposite the center of your chest and heart. Hold your mind there. Breathe in and out at this point for three or more times. Notice how this feels. Middle of the Spine Chi Chung Focus the Qi Pearl at your navel on the surface of your skin. Directing it with your mind, let it flow from the navel to the left side of the waist, then to the Gate of Life Ming Men point on the center of the spine at the back opposite your navel, and on around to the right side of the waist, then back to end again at the navel. Repeat this for total of 3 or 9 times. As previously stated, the human body is like a simple bar magnet, with a positive pole at one end and a negative pole at the other. The Thrusting Channel...
Since the beginnings of civilization, people have known the highly beneficial effects of squatting. Their bodies told them to do so and in this way they recreated a deep state of relaxation, in which the sacrum and spine open and the warm life current in the body regained its optimal free flow. More than any other posture, squatting opens the lower lumbars and thereby prevents hernia. Also it activates the latent motor force of the pelvis, opens the kua, flexes the hip joints, induces downward pressure and release of waste, gases and toxins for recycling in the ground and reactivates the colon. By the gravity pull it provokes, it stirs the earth Chi current to move and bounce upward to the perineum, to awaken the spinal fluids in the sacrum, open and elongate the spine, rebalance vertebrae and ease the Chi current upward to the crown and the crystal room. By relaxing the psoas, unity between lower and the upper part of the body is promoted. A relaxed psoas makes it possible for the...
At this point, it is necessary to understand some basic concepts such as line of gravity and center of gravity as they relate to our bodies' structures. The line of gravity, viewed laterally (Fig.5.1), anteriorly and posteriorly, falls from above downward through the earlobe, slightly behind the mastoral process (or the attachment of muscles behind the ear of the temporal bone, the bone located at the side of the head which contains the organ of hearing), through the odontoral process (a toothlike projection from the body of the axis or second vertebra of the neck upon which the first cervical vertebra rotates), through the middle of the shoulder joint, touches the midpoint of the frontal borders of T-2 and T-12, then falls just slightly outside to the sacrum, slightly behind the axis, or support, of the hip joint, slightly behind to the patella (or kneecap), crosses in front to the middle malleolus (the hammer-shaped bone on each side of the ankle) and through the outer bone of the...
Touch the back-crown point. Pour the Chi all over your crown. Think of your soles so that you feel like there is a waterfall of Chi flowing from your crown all the way down to your soles. Feel your finger grow long and the Chi penetrate down through your spine to the coccyx. Leave the fingers touchng the back of the crown, to maintain the energetic connection with the coccyx. Spine Spine
In sweeping, special attention should be placed on the back bioplasmic channel or the governor meridian3, which interpenetrates the spine, and the front bioplasmic channel or functional meridian, which is opposite to the spine. Except for the spleen chakra, almost all the major chakras are located along these two channels or nadis. Cleansing or applying localized sweeping on these two channels would clean the major chakras located along these two meridians resulting in a much faster rate of healing. You
One channel is called the Functional or Yin Channel. It begins at the perineum, the point located at the base of the trunk, midway between the testicles vagina and the anus. It goes up the front of the body past the sex organ, stomach, organs, heart, and throat and ends at the tip of the tongue. The second channel, called the Governor or Yang channel, also starts at the perineum but goes up the back of the body. It flows from the perineum upwards into the tailbone and the sacral pump and then up through the spine into the brain and the cranial pump, finally flowing back down to the roof of the mouth. The tongue is like a switch that connects these two currents when it is touched to the roof of the mouth just behind the front teeth, the energy can flow in a circle up the spine and back down the front. The two channels form a single circuit that energy loops around. This vital current of energy circulates past the major organs and nervous systems of the body in a loop, giving cells the...
Again, picture a person who is standing and facing you. Now his arms are at his sides with the palms facing inward to the torso. Beginning at the end of the index finger this meridian travels up along what is then the outerside of the forearm to the outer portion of the crook in the arm. There it continues to ascend along the outer side of the upper arm to the side deltoid and then splits into two branches. One goes back over the trapezius muscle, descending down between the spinal column and scapula and extending up along the backbone to about midway of the length of the neck. The other travels across the lower surface of the trapezius and then to the sternocleidomastoid muscle on its way to the face, where it splits again at the jaw line. One short branch runs to the corner of the nose, the other travels up along the side of the face, passing through the side of the forehead on its way over the top of the head and down a similar route to the opposite jaw where it finally anchors.
This wall position is a variation of the Structural Training Position against a Wall which is described in Chapter 4. As your practice continues, you will develop the feeling of proper alignment and will be able to follow the same principles without a wall. Whenever you practice your alignment against the wall, when you feel you can hold the position, step away from it and apply the same principles. After you have learned to adopt the correct stance without the wall, occasionally practice against it again to check yourself. Once you are skilled, occasional use of the wall will allow you greatly to increase your spinal lengthening when you practice.
We have a constant air pressure in our body. We call this Chi pressure. In Tan Tien Chi Kung we learn to develop this Chi pressure in the Tan Tien and to strengthen our organs and fasciae. Our system relies entirely upon Chi pressure to move the body fluid. We can actually increase our vital energy, strengthen our organs, and promote self-healing by increasing the Chi pressure in our organs and body cavity. The circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the nervous system and the endocrine glands will all be activated and blood, spinal fluid and hormones will flow more easily so that the heart will not have to work as hard. Increasing pressure in the abdominal cavity will help increase the Chi pressure used to move the Chi, blood and lymph fluid. about 14.7 PSI (pounds per square inch). Sick people cannot take so much pressure from outside any more they will become irritated very quickly and tired by people around them, etc. Life becomes a burden. A lack of Chi pressure also slows down...
In the body, all the organs are connected to the neck, spine and shoulders. The neck, spine and shoulders support the entire body and help to transfer the energy to the different organs. So if your neck has a problem, this will block the energy flow. Practising Balancing Gong can help your neck, shoulders and spine become stronger and more flexible.
Be aware of your Tan Tien and expand your mind down past the earth to connect with the galaxy below you. Multiply and bring your mind back to the Tan Tien. Gradually feel the Chi being absorbed through the whole body and absorb it into the bones and body like a rising steam or mist. Feel the earth force move through the center of the bones and enter the bone marrow move up the calves and thighs (femur bones) through the hip bones, spine, scapula, arms, neck and skull. Finally swirl the energy around your brain. 'Focus at Tan Tien and Universe'.
The following centers can act as safety valves, thus helping to avoid side effects 1 ) the navel can store energy, 2) the Ming-men on the back of the spine helps guide the energy downward, 3) the Wei-Chung (the back of the knee) can store up energy, 4) the Yung-Chuan in the feet acts as a grounding wire. The Hung Chaun energy center can also be used as a safety valve to draw off energy that builds in the head. When too much energy surges up to the heart and seems to have no place to go, you can redirect it downward to the feet and then up to the navel.
Easiest of all, however, and most recommended for beginners who are often unable to send the energy through the palate, is to return the energy to the navel along the same route it came from. Simply reverse the flow of the chi and take it back down the spine and continue all the way to the feet. Then bring it up your front to the navel, throat, and palate. Other beginning practitioners should wait until they can easily return the energy by the reverse route down the spine leg and up to the navel palate before trying to connect the brow point and palate directly from above. Even though the palate is constructed of soft bone it takes is considerable period of sustained effort for most practitioners to penetrate it and complete the route. The force which is generated in this practice often causes side effects such as headaches, illusions, erratic mood swings, insomnia, irritability and vague aches and pains. If such effects persist, immediately reverse your chi flow back down the spine...
When you sink your chi deeply with a natural flow downward you will find that there will be a responding flow upwards. This raising energy is often called yang raising while the rooting energy is called yin sinking. It is this combination of sinking and raising that you want to attend to by relaxing deeply and lightly lifting the head from the crown shakra which in turn relaxes the neck and spine and opens it gently. This invites the yang raising energy that is the natural balance to your root, to flow up the spine into the crown of your head. You should also start attending to the vibration in your body. As you repeat the cycle three times you will intend this vibration up into your spine and into your head, as well as down into the hand and arm. As you get more advanced in your practice the drawing of energy through the hand to the elbow will continue by further drawing it from the elbow to the Dan-Tien and then down into the root. This connects the wu sau with the root on an energy...
Squeeze in some practice whenever you find some time during the day. It does not have to be any particular time and or place. When you are standing on line, for example, with time on your hands, you can practice the elongation of the spine by pressing the legs down with the sensation of screwing them into the ground. Pull your head up at the same time and push the spine down. Once you master the practice, you can use it in any way that you want.
The lumbar fasciae are composed of three layers. The most super ficial one extends out from the middle, from the spines of the lumbar verterbrae (situated near the lower rib and hip bone) and the spine of the sacrum (the bone formed by the union of five vertebrae between the lumbar and caudal, or tail) region, constituting the back part of the pelvis and sacrospinalis ligament (a muscle which extends vertically along the length of the vertebrae in that area) and also out to the sides to the intermediate layer. The intermediate layer extends from the middle of the area of the lumbar and out to the sides, where it joins with the superficial layer. These two layers envelop the muscles which hold a person erect. The deep fasciae of the upper back are made up primarily of thoracic fasciae, which are thin coverings of the extensor muscles of the thoracic spine (vertebrae between the neck and abdomen, enclosed by ribs). Its lower border joins with the most superficial part of the tri-layer...
Sit cross-legged on a bed or upright on a stool. Pull in the chest and keep the spinal column straightened. Keep your neck straight (by picturing a light object on the head) and your shoulders relaxed. Close your eyes slightly and stick the tongue against the palate. Breathe evenly and concentrate the mind. Use abdominal respiration at first and then change to reverse breathing when you become familiar with the exercise. Respiration should be adjusted so that it is fine, gentle, soft, and long. Concentrate the mind vaguely on the Dantian. The movement of the abdominal muscles should be coordinated along with the breathing, which should feel lively and at ease. After a certain period of training, you may feel a kind of warmness in the Dantian, which will increase in intensity as you practice. When enough warmth has been accumulated, a flow of the hot Qi can be felt. With your mind, follow this energy from the along the Du Channel via the acupuncture point Huiyin (Ren 1) and the coccyx,...
The perineum (Hui-yin) region includes the anus and sexual organs. The various sections of the anus region are closely linked with the organs' Chi. The Chinese term Hui-yin (perineum) means the collection point of all the Yin energy, or the lowest abdominal energy collection point. It is also known as the Gate of Death and Life. This point lies between the two main gates. One, called the front gate, is the sexual organ which is the big life-force opening. Here the lifeforce energy can easily leak out and deplete the organ's function. The second gate, or back gate, is the anus. This gate can also easily lose life-force when not sealed or closed tightly through muscular toning. In the Tao practices, especially in the Tao Secrets of Love and Iron Shirt, the perineum's power to tighten, close and draw the life-force back up the spine is an important practice. Otherwise, our life-force and sexual energy can become a ''river of no return.''
Student I'm a chiropractor and I teach Touch For Health. This exercise was very powerful. The energy started going up my spine, like a jack hammer forcing its way up. When it went to the base of my skull my whole body shook. Then it went to my head, then my hair line, then settled in the bridge of my nose where it was really painful. Finally it felt like the energy went through. It moved down to the navel creating a huge amount of white light energy. A very powerful experience.
2) Do not directly and intensely energize the heart for a long time. It is quite sensitive and delicate. T oo m uch p rana and t oo i ntense e nergizing m ay c ause s evere p ranic congestion of the heart. The heart can be energized through the back of the spine near the heart area. In energizing the heart through the back, prana flows not only to the heart but to other parts of the body. This reduces the possibility of pranic congestion on the heart. If the heart is energized through the front, the flow of prana is localized around the heart area, thereby increasing the possibility of pranic congestion.
COMPLETE THE MOVEMENT It is essential to breathe in as you lift and to complete the lift fully before making any other movement. A lot of back injuries are caused by people moving sideways or at an angle while they are still lifting, or by merging the end of the upward movement with the beginning of the next movement. This can place great strain on the spine and cause dislocation. Be sure to complete the lift fully, and allow your mind to settle, before going on to your next movement.
Contained and protected within your spinal column and skull is the very heart of your nervous system. Cushioning it is the cerebrospinal fluid, cerebro for the head and spinal for the vertebrae. This fluid, as described by the Taoists in ancient times, is circulated by two pumps. One is in the sacrum and is known as the sacral pump. The other is in the region of your upper neck and head and is known as the cranial pump. Many people who have been able to feel these pumps working have reported feeling a big bubble of energy travel up their spine during Packing Breathing.
Move your right leg out about 1 foot to the right, and sink into a horseback riding stance. Place your hands on top of your knees, with the thumbs facing backwards Photo 65 . Shift your weight to your left leg, and press down with your left hand, while attempting to bend your head and spine over the left leg Photo 66 . Stay in this position for three seconds, and then return to the center. Repeat on the opposite side Photo 67 . Inhale through the center exhale when pressing to the sides. Make sure when you lean that you don't tilt your head keep a straight line.
(3) Hold your breath for a moment and exhale, flatten the stomach to the spine and feel the perineum (the region between the genital organs and the rectum) flood with the pressure. Pull the sexual organs up. The chest and the sternum sink, pressing and activating the thymus gland. (Fig. 2.3) Do not use force. It is enough to feel a slight pull and flattening of the chest. (1) Practice abdominal breathing six times. Upon the last exhalation, flatten the stomach. Maintain the flattened stomach and begin reverse breathing upon inhalation. Feel the abdomen flatten even more, as if it were approaching the spine and feel the perineum flood with a pressure. Pull the sexual organs up and, at the same time, try to lower the diaphragm so that you are pushing down on the organs. Try not to let the diaphragm push up. Lowering the diaphragm is the hardest part of reverse breathing. It is very important now to practice the relaxing technique of smiling to the diaphragm and the abdomen. (1) Start...
Begin in the same stance as the Waist Loosening. Twist to the left as in the Waist loosening exercise, initiating the movement from the hips. Let the right arm swing across the front of the torso, raising it up to head height with the palm facing away from you. At the same time, let the left arm swing around the back and place the back of the left hand over the Door of Life point (the point on the spine opposite the navel).
Tan Tien and Universe Again, raise your hands and charge with the Chi into the universe. Your hands are very big, very long. The bones are hollow and compacted with compressed Universal Chi. Scoop the Chi from above and guide it down. Pour all the way down, down, down to the navel. Touch the navel, and focus on the Door of Life opposite on the spine between L2 L3. Touch and feel the Chi penetrate to the Door of Life Tan Tien and Universe. Feel the Chi penetrate through to the back and out to the universe behind.
Jiajiguan (spine pass) and Yuzhenguan (occiput pass) and further, through Baihui (Du 20) and go along the Ren Channel down back to Dantian. In this aspect, the principle of focusing attention merely when qi has not started to move and leading qi to circulate when it is about to move should be ad
Move your hands all the way down to your heart center at the mid-sternum. Touch. Focus on the point opposite the heart, T5 T6, on the spine. Fingers 'long', Chi penetrates into your thymus gland. Light - golden light - penetrates into your thymus. Feel the Chi penetrate through your heart all the way through T5 T6 to the universe behind. 'Tan Tien and the Universe' also feel your Chi Fingers penetrate into the bone and bone marrow and spread out into your rib cage.
Move your fingers to the back of the legs. Feel the fingers touch the heel bones and the bone marrow and glide the fingers up the leg bones to the coccyx and hold them there for a while. Feel the Chi rising to the spine and the brain. Fig. 5.14 Pour the Chi down the Spine to the Sacrum. - 111 - Fig. 5.14 Pour the Chi down the Spine to the Sacrum. - 111 -
The body is mapped out on the surface of the brain in an image called a homunculus (or little man ). The head and hands have the largest areas near the midline on the sensory and motor strips. The trunk of the body and legs are represented more laterally (away from the midline). Ref. Figure 4-1b. The ability to detect cold, hot, pain, and pressure helps us survive. We have sensory nerves that run from our skin and muscles to our spinal cord. The messages are eventually carried to the part of our brain called the sensory area. It is here that our brain interprets these messages. If we burn our left hand, it is our right side of the brain that recognizes it as pain, and signals a response to the hand to move, by way of motor neurons. The following activity Homunculus or the 'Little Man' Role Play is designed to illustrate how messages are transmitted from the body to the brain and then followed by appropriate actions. The activity involves the whole class and, after some practice, is...
Stretch all the way from the tip of the fingers to the spine as d. Stretch all the way from the tip of the fingers to the spine as d. Stretch all the way from the tip of the fingers to the spine as if you wanted to touch the walls in both directions at the same time. The stretch happens from the tip of the fingers and involves all tendons, ligaments and faciae from the tip of the fingers to the spine. This is excellent for prevention and correction of carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow.
Lower Back Lean against the wall with the lower spine flat, if possible. 3. Head Neck Upper Back Bring as much of the upper spine as possible flat to the wall, with the head held as if it is pushed back from the upper lip and lifted by its crown. The back of the head may or may not touch the wall. 4. Pelvis Rotate the pelvis back until the thigh tendon is more relaxed. Feel that the sacrum is pulling the spine down. 6. Arms Shoulders Position the arms for one of the first four Iron Shirt exercises. Flatten the shoulder blades to the wall. Round the shoulders forward, feeling the shoulder blades move away from the wall until only the spine and, if possible, the area between the inner edges of the shoulder blades remains on the wall. Lock the elbows and knees. 11. T-11 Thrust Push the T-11 area firmly to the wall as you bring the rest of the upper spine away from the wall,
The main purpose of this exercise is to loosen the waist and spine, and also to learn how to direct the power from the legs to the hands with a rotating motion. The main purpose of this exercise is to loosen the waist and spine, and also to learn how to direct the power from the legs to the hands with a rotating motion.
The exhale, and lead Chi into the marrow and internal organs on the inhale. The inhale also leads Chi upward to your brain through the inside of your spine. If you do this right you will feel cold and light, and you may also experience a sense of rising. When you exhale this way you should feel hot, expanding, heavy, and sinking. You can see that inhaling is a way to become more Yin, while exhaling is a way to become more Yang. Inhalation is Kan while exhalation is Lii.
Once you feel the Tan Tien is warm enough, smile down and bring the warm Chi down to the sexual organs women bring the Chi down to the uterus, men bring the Chi down to the testicles. It may feel like the 'sun shining on the water'. The rays of the sun purify the water until it becomes rising steam. Keep smiling down to the sexual organs and feel the warm or fiery feeling from the navel area continue to flow down to the sexual organs this transforms the sexual energy into Chi, and this Chi rises up the spine into the brain helping to activate the 'crown' and 'mideyebrow' energy centers.
Activating the immune system always involves the bone structure, especially the round bones in the arms and legs and the flat bones in the skull, jaw, rib cage, hips and spine. All of these are involved with the production of white blood cells. The thymus gland and the spleen are of special importance to the immune system, because they are involved with programming and training the white blood cells (called T-Cells) to do the right job. The lymphatic system is involved in removing toxic waste from the body it is therefore beneficial to stimulate the lymph flow as well. This is best done in combination with Chi Nei Tsang. For details refer to the Chi Nei Tsang Books.
Rotating the sacrum is an excellent exercise to open the lower back and activate the spinal cord. Place one hand over the sacrum and the other over the pubic bone. Rotate the sacrum in a circle, 36 times in each direction. This movement activates the sacral pump. Spinal Cord Breathing Inhale and expand the chest, arms bent at the elbows and extended to the sides of the body. Exhale, tuck the tailbone under you and round the back, bringing the elbows toward one another in front of the chest. Smile. Inhale, expand the chest, tuck the chin in toward the throat, push the chin back and raise the crown and bring the arms out to the sides. Repeat this back and forth movement 36 times. This movement activates the cranial and sacral pumps, and loosens all the joints in the spine.
Thus deep breathing has a cooling and calming effect and balances the Fire when it gets too excited. The Water element is activated when excess heat of the heart is brought down through the spine to warm up the kidneys. The Water energy of the kidneys can be guided upward to cool the heart.
I have many students who experience pain or tightness and pressure in the back after concentrating for some time. This depends upon one's body condition. Most young people and healthy adults who exercise regularly will often find that when they sit and the power goes into the back, pushing up through the spinal column, needle-like sensations develop because that route had been obstructed for so long. If you simply relax and concentrate, let us say, on the Ming-men and do not pay attention to how it is going, the power will push up by itself. Try to concentrate on this energy center and when the power finally pushes up to the Bei-huei, you will feel free and very comfortable and the pain, tightness and discomfort in your back will disappear. Sometimes, the power may seem to push outward from the spinal column, not into it, at which time there will be no such tightness and discomfort.
The human body begins to form at the moment that an ovum is fertilized. First to develop is the spinal cord, including that portion at the top that will become the brain. This means that the central nervous system which will function as a kind of control center in the human body develops first peripheral parts then follow symmetrically (Figure 2-1). There are vital points running from the top of the head to the groin along a line at the center of the body in not only newborn babies but also in developing fetuses. In martial arts, this center line is supposed to contain various vital points that are especially important in attacking or protecting. In Eastern medicine, too, this center line on the back and the front of the human body is considered important for many reasons in diagnosis and treatment. People seem to have known intuitively for some time that the center line of the human body is the site of important energy routes. As I explained in the previous chapter, these energy...
The Pai-hui (Niwan) is called the crown or the pineal body and is located above the mid-brain. Its functions are related to sensitivity and to the sexual cycle. It governs the hindbrain, hearing, body rhythm, equilibrium, perception of light through the eyes and skin, and is the superior counter-support of the brain and spinal cord. In Chinese it is called the Hundred Point Joint or the compass of men, because it is at the top of the crown of the head. When you concentrate here you may feel pressure or a sense of expansion in the middle of the head. This is an indication of power flow. When this happens, concentrate on the next point and remember not to spend more than a month practicing on any one energy center.
Start at the top (GB-17) and go over the face and down in a straight line, along the front of the body and the inside of the legs to the K-1 (Bubbling Spring). Then go up, on the outside of the legs, hips and spine to the shoulder and down to the armpits (SI-9). Next go with the right hand over the outside of the left arm and back on the inside of the left arm to LI-16 on the shoulder. We continue with the left hand from SI-9 over the outside of the right arm and back on the inside of the right arm to LI-14 on the shoulder From there we continue with both hand along the neck to GB-20 back to CB-17. Touch lightly each point and use your mind eyes, when you go down and up along the Channel in this way. You can repeat a few times until you really are aware of the Channel and feel the flow of energy.
This exercise is good for the muscles of your lower back and legs and for stretching your spine. It is also beneficial for the internal organs of your lower abdomen. The movements of your waist actually bring every tissue and organ of your abdomen into play. The whole exercise strengthens your kidneys, your adrenal glands, and the arteries, veins, and nerves associated with them. Since your kidneys play a vital role in regulating the water metabolism of your entire body, this exercise helps maintain a healthy balance in your internal environment. CAUTION Do not practise this Ba Duan Jin exercise when pregnant.
The body turns to the right by pivoting from the basal spine. The hands move to the front of the body and appear to be holding a ball. The right palm faces down while the left palm faces up. Slide the left foot to the right foot and rest it on its toes. Step out to the diagonal left with the left foot and let the heel touch the ground first. The hands circle forward with the left palm facing up and the right palm facing down. The fingers of the right hand are touching the wrist of the left hand. The body and arms circle left to right by pivoting from the basal spine. The body sits back and the left foot comes up on its heel as the circle moves to the rear. Continue to circle forward, allowing the left foot to return to the ground. The left hand rises up with its palm facing out and its fingers facing the right. The right palm pushes forward with its fingers pointing up. The right hand is beneath the left hand.
The spine and sacrum must be straight. All movement originates from the pivoting of the sacrum. The shoulders are in line with the hips. The knees are in line with the elbows. The top of the head is in line with the base of the spine. These three alignments are called the three outer harmonies.
To compensate for this misalignment, the muscles on the weight-bearing side will have a tendency to pull the upper or thoracic spine in the opposite direction bringing the shoulder down on the same side. The neck will usually compensate by pulling away from the lower shoulder. Such habitual shifting of the weight away from the Center may result in developing a chronic pattern of holding tension in your body (see the chapter on Holding Patterns). Do not forget to check whether your pelvis habitually tilts forward or backward - this may be an invitation to explore your alignment in the frontal plane of your body. Slowly thrust your pelvis back and forth noticing alternating tensions in the muscles of your lower back and abdomen. Pay specific attention to the point of rest in the middle, when both of those groups of muscles relax. That is the Neutral position of the pelvis that aligns the spine and requires the least amount of tension and effort to...
Freedom in qigong differs qualitatively from external forms of freedom such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or freedom to choose one's political affiliation. Qigong requires complete inner freedom. The less restrictions a qigong method places on a trainee's thinking, the more advanced it is. Certificates from authorities are not needed as a proof of your expertise. Once you master the Macrocos-mic Orbit method, your computer of the qi world begins to function, and you can communicate with people through the qi network. When my patients ask me how many times they must repeat one movement, or whether they must practice qigong every day, I emphasize that there are no musts, and no rules that apply to everyone. What is most important in qigong exercise is to listen to your body. In my qigong method, movement of the spine is important. Included in this are swinging the spine back and forth and to the right and left, twisting it, and tracing a figure-eight shape with it. If the...
(a) Elongation of the Spine Fig.3.11 (c) Disc is Compressed Because of Stress and the Weight of the Body pressing into the Spinal Cord. Bring your concentration down the spine, pressing down on your skeletal structure to the sacrum, to the knees, and finally down to the feet and the earth. You are pressing down on the skeletal structure for the body's support, rather than the muscles. The pressure gradually travels down the spine to the sacrum and hips, tightening the legs and feet. Eventually you will feel your bone structure connected down to the ground, rooted as if you had grown into the ground and were all one piece with the earth. (Fig. 3.14) b. Connect the scapulae with the spine the Second Circle (Fig. 3.15 (a), (b) and (c)) (c) Stretch like a bow from C-7 to the thumbs, thereby connecting the hands, C-7, scapulae and spine Fig. 3.15 Second Circle Connect the Scapulae with the Spine Attach the hands and fingers to the scapulae, or shoulder blades, and cranial bone by pulling...
The shoulders are lowered and slightly moved forward, the breast is bent inward, the diaphragm is in its lower position (that corresponds to stomach breathing), the stomach is strained and filled , the hands are tightly clenched into fists. The tongue should touch upper palate, the mouth is closed, the teeth are clenched without effort, the chin is slightly drawn in, the look is strictly forward. If you imagine vividly enough that you carry some weight on your head, the position of your head, neck and upper part of spine would adjust themselves correspondingly. The lower part of the body the thighs are strained, the buttocks are pulled in, the pelvis is put slightly forward and up, due to it the lower part of the spine is straightened and is on one vertical line with the upper part of spine and the neck. The knees are straightened, but not completely. Try to cling to the ground with your toes (however, do not bend them), it helps to take root . At the start it demands some conscious...
Be aware of the big toes breathe into the toes and feel the toes grow longer. When the Chi fills the joints the big toes become tense and stiff. Gradually it will fill the other toes rising to the ankles, knees, hips, sacrum and spine the feeling may be one of tension and stiffness, numbness or like an electrical charge. The legs and the spine become one piece. You will certainly feel good.
You will feel tingly sensations In your hands and warmth in the chest and lower stomach, which are areas faced by your palms. You may also feel a current running in the middle of the lorso or along the spine, which are the energy channels opening. Tio Do not move your spine from side to side, even wher you feel tired, because that movement stoos yojr energy from going to the emptiness level.
T'ai Chi cultivates health benefits beyond those studied by Western medicine. T'ai Chi conditions the sleeves between muscles and nerves (the films that separate and support the organs) known as the fascia. The acupuncture meridians (energy pathways) of Chinese medicine run through the fascia. By conditioning these boundary layers between tissues, T'ai Chi reduces chemical cross-linking, or cellular rust. Move it or lose it, the Taoists say. The turning of the trunk flexes the spine, producing some of the same benefits as twists in yoga (improved spinal flexibility, release of tension on the perispinal muscles, alleviating imbalances that can lead to back pain while improving blood flow to the discs). And similar to yoga, T'ai Chi conditions the psoas, that deep muscle of balance that underlies the lower abdominal organs and mediates the relationship of the spine to the pelvis and legs. Proper T'ai Chi practice places certain demands on the body The sinking of the weight, over time,...
Symmetry of the torso is very helpful in making your Opening particularly effective. It entails that you maintain alignment of the spine with the median of the angle between your legs. You can explore this alignment when making Natural Steps sideways as your hands slide down your thighs. Test your Symmetry by checking whether both of your hands slide toward the knees at the same pace while you lift one leg and make a step.
When doing this exercise while sitting, try to sit up and keep the spine straight. When doing this exercise while lying down, lie on your back and keep your spine as straight as possible. Draw your chin back a little to straighten the entire spine. Energy travels up and down the spine in the governing channel more easily when the spine is straight.
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