What if there is an exercise which benefits the whole body and enhances the organs, bones and tendons, four limbs and the brain? This month’s featured move is definitely a Taoist gem. Try this simple but powerful 1 minute exercise that activates the organ Qi, nurtures the brain, and strengthens the bones and tendons.
Keep the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth and knees relaxed. Hands at the side of the body, wrists lifted so the fingers are parallel to the floor with the fingers spread wide apart.
On the inhale, rotate the hands outward while pushing downward with [...]
Miso, tofu, wine and many of our favorite foods get their delicious taste from fermentation.
But did you know they also deliver high impact health benefits to our diet?
Learn about the nutritional and health benefits of your favorite ferments in this free paper by Dr. Ted Nawalinski. He summarizes the latest scientific research so you don’t have to. With over 230 citations (and we know some of you love citations) Dr. Nawalinski guides you from acidophilus to kimchi, beer to probiotics.
The Healing Properties of Fermented Foods by Dr. Ted Nawalinski
The Healing Properties of Fermented Foods (Free PDF Download) [...]
Body by Science: A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week Doug McGuff, M.D., and John Little, McGraw Hill, 2009, ISBN-13: 9780071597173
We exercise (or don’t) along a broad spectrum, from avoidance to apathy to resignation to obsession, ostensibly to achieve or maintain some semblance of health and avoid or delay the traditional illnesses of civilization. Those who avoid exercising don’t often deny its component in a healthy lifestyle but they construct a plausible story to justify the decision to themselves or others. I had a business colleague who said he didn’t jog [...]
Spring is the time of wood in Chinese five element theory, represented by the liver and the eyes in the body. Use these six Qigong exercises to sharpen your eyesight.
1) Focus on an object far away and then immediately shift the focus to the tip of the nose or some other object very close to the eyes. Repeat the change of focus 18 times.
2) Move the eyes in counter clockwise and then clockwise circles 18-36 times to exercise and strengthen the muscles and stimulate the blood circulation.
3) Use your thumb to gently massage and press Zanzhu point [...]
Give your liver some love this Spring with a special Qigong exercise and healing sound mantra. Wood energy rises in the Spring according to traditional Chinese Five Element theory. You may find that Liver problems become more pronounced in the form of disease or emotional outbursts.
Wood energy is associated with the Liver organ system and the color green. The emotion of anger negatively influences the Liver. While Qigong techniques are used year round to work on the Liver, they are particularly effective in the Spring.
Try the following Liver Detox Qigong:
1) Begin with your hands at your side, standing [...]
Elementi Eterni Jazz Fusion Album by Ney Mello ft. Bobby Muncy
Elementi Eterni Life transformed, created anew. Fire and Water combine. Essence of Yin and Yang forged in the crucible. An ocean’s journey, we dance in the flame.
Ancient cultures used music as meditation. Elementi Eterni, a Jazz Fusion album by guitar virtuoso Ney Mello and featuring Jazz master Bobby Muncy, brings a modern touch to self-cultivation.
Elementi Eterni blends the ancient Asian Elements with contemporary Miles Davis electric Jazz beats creating this East-West trance infusion. The Chinese pentatonic scale representing wood, fire, earth, metal and water merges with electric [...]
The secrets of Taoist Internal Alchemy often elude those grasping for their meanings in such ancient classics as the Zhou Yi Canton Qi or the Wu Zhen Pian. Without direct transmission from a lineage teacher, progress for these seekers is nearly impossible. Even among those dedicated disciples studying the closely guarded oral teachings, rare is the one who will truly understand the key concepts and principles of the practice.
Liu Yiming (1734-1821) must have had great sympathy for his students when he wrote the Xiuzhen Houbian (ca. 1798) for he explains in relatively plain language the most important principles and [...]
The Yang Tai Chi Quan Audio Practice Guide is a portable guide to the Tai Chi empty hand, sword, saber and spear forms based on the teachings of the foremost Grandmasters of Yang Taijiquan. This teaching tool features Chinese and English names with proper pronunciation and translation.
Remembering Tai Chi routines poses a significant challenge for all Tai Chi beginners, while synchronizing a group into a graceful unit proves a demanding task for most Tai Chi instructors. This practice guide produced by TCCII has those two primary purposes in mind: to provide a portable audio guide to help students remember [...]
Winter correlates with Kidney organ system in Chinese medical principles. The Qigong exercise “Scoop the Moon from the Sea” strengthens and balances the major internal organ energies in the body. Variations of the exercise are found in many Qigong forms, such as the Eight Brocades Qigong Set, but this version comes from an old Taoist set.
1) Stand in a horse stance with feet two shoulder widths apart. Arms hang loosely by the sides.
2) Move the arms up and out in a vertical circle until they are directly overhead.
3) Bend forward at the waist. The legs remain straight. [...]
Summer is the season of the heart in traditional Chinese medicine theory. This makes it a great time to open up your heart with a few great movements. First, grab your sweetheart and give him/her a big heartfelt hug. Then get outside and move around. Do your Tai Chi or favorite dual Qigong form and work up a sweat. If you like to make a little noise, you might try saying the “He” sound (pronounced “Her”) from the Six Healing Sounds Qigong (六字訣 Liu Zi Jue) set.
Six Healing Sounds Guided Meditation MP3
“He” Sound 1) Open the mouth [...]