So much of our energy is spent dwelling in our heads. We solve problems, strategize, write, and deal with other thoughts.
Take time to let that go. Quiet your mind and energize your body in just moments with this easy flow, called Sinking the Qi. You’ll also experience greater clarity in your thinking!
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is Chinese for life energy. This qigong (pronounced chee-gong) movement brings in fresh energy and clears stagnant energy.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Shin Lee, a professor of cell biology at the University of California, Irvine, has found that qigong and tai chi practitioners have a boost in both alpha brain waves, suggesting relaxation, and beta waves, suggesting strong focus. The article cited qigong as a remedy for depression and fatigue.
Here’s how to reap those powerful benefits yourself.
Bring in energy: Sinking the Qi
Stand with your feet together, hands relaxed by your sides. Soften your knees slightly. Tuck your tailbone slightly to lengthen your spine. The crown of your head rises up. Relax and soften the rest of your body.
Turn your palms facing out at your sides. Gently float your arms up to the sides like you are a letter “t” palms up. When your arms reach shoulder height, bend your elbows and press the hands down in front of your body.
Inhale fully as your arms float up. Exhale fully as they float down.
Repeat, preferably for a total of nine times. Keep your movements gentle, slow and continuous.
When you are finished, smile and notice how you feel.
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