Number 8 Bone Marrow Washing Exercise

Once you have located Fengchi, use the index, middle and ring fingers of each hand to massage towards each other 36 times in a circular motion. Breathe in on the top half of the circle and exhale on the bottom half of the circle. Don’t rush as this slow, meditative exercise is meant to be coordinated with your breathing. After the 36th repetition is finished, practice a rest period before you begin the next bone marrow washing exercise.

Location
G.B.-20 Wind Pool FENGCHI – Acupuncture Points ) At the lower border of the occipital bone, in the depression between the origins of the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles.
How to find
Patient’s position: Prone, sitting or supine (supported by a pillow, so that the occipital region is accessible). Starting at the midline, glide with the palpating finger along the lower border of the occiput, crossing the bulge of the origin of the trapezius muscle until you reach a depression the size of a finger pad.
Locate G.B.-20 in its center. Located on the same level is ➞Du-16. ➞BL-10 is located more medially and inferiorly. Actions/Indications
● Eliminates Wind benefits the head, clears the sensory organs
● Opens the channel
● With tonifying needle technique: strengthens the Marrow and the Brain (according to Maciocia)
Special features
Meeting point with the T.B. channel*, Yang Wei Mai, Yang Qiao Mai Major point for all ‘Wind disorders’, very important point for disorders of the head and eyes.

Winter Qigong Sidney BC

 

Rooting Our Qi is Easier in Winter Time

I always schedule my Internal Chi Breathing and Bone Rooting workshop in winter. It is easier to teach it during a season (fall-winter transition) when the Qi of the larger field is flowing downward into the earth. Nature’s Qi is “rooting itself” (in the northern hemisphere) to gather strength for the next cycle of yang expansion in the spring and summer. Winter is governed by the water element, which naturally flows downhill and soaks within. So our human Qi follows the flow of water this time of the year.

 I devote winter to teaching the three basic types of breathing: naturalreverse, and counter-force breathing. Breathing opens the “root” of the body, which is the lower dan tian (lit.” elixir field”), a.k.a. the belly center. I’ve found that when you are grounded in your breathing, then your emotional and mental bodies quickly get more grounded.

A strong “belly-root” creates a feeling of calmness and peace, even when things are chaotic around you. We will practice Ocean, Sky, & Great Heart Breathing,  to speed up the rooting process. This shifts your breathing focus from gasping at outer air to breathing more internally, through chi channels in different layers of the body. This form, nicknamed “Blissful Breathing Qigong”, is the best “quick-energizer” qigong that I teach.

              How Bone Breathing Pushes Sick Energy Out of Bone Marrow

In the second part of this workshop, I work on opening up the bones in our body, using bone breathing, bone beating, bone compression, and bone spiraling. These are all part of the Iron Shirt method that I learned from Mantak Chia and Minke de Vos. These exercises deepen the breathing power of our bones and help to both prevent and heal chronic illness. Often, chronic illness is simply “sick chi” that is stored in our bone marrow.

When we breathe it out, the sickness goes away. What appeared to be a terminal illness, gradually becomes forgotten. This is why qigong has such a good reputation (based on a solid track record) of healing chronic illness in China. This reputation is well documented scientifically.

In the Breathing and Rooting course, I describe the two different kinds of grounding that people commonly need, both of which are quite different. One is grounding into the physical earth below our feet, and correspondingly, into the physical tissue of our body. The second is energetic grounding into your meridians and the core channels that define your Energy Body. The Great Spirit has given humans the ability to create new life inside ourselves.  This winter, rejuvenate the body and nourish the soul with Bone Marrow Washing Qigong. Join me in the New Year, every Saturday at Avalon Spa & Wellness.

 

Happy Holidays,

The Four Rules Of Living According To Lao Tzu

Centuries ago, Lao Tzu walked and taught his simple wisdom around China. There he spoke of the four cardinal virtues, teaching that when we embrace them as a way of life, the truth of the universe reveals itself. The ancient Chinese master said that living and practicing these teachings can open you to higher wisdom and greater happiness.

This is because they bring you closer to your innermost source — a place of balance and peace.

These Four Cardinal Virtues are found in the Tao Te Ching, a collection of sayings expounding the principal Taoist teachings. It has 81 short poetic verses packed full of universal wisdom for politics, society, and personal life, and aims to support personal harmony through the right view and understanding of existence.

This ancient wisdom might seem simple, but it has life-changing implications…

Unwavering Focus and Concentration

What’s your concentration like these days?

If you’re like most people, it’s probably taken a hit thanks to the Internet and constant streams of information.

In fact, research has shown that the average human attention span has fallen from twelve seconds in 2000, or around the time the mobile revolution began, to eight seconds.

Goldfish, meanwhile, are believed to have an attention span of nine seconds.

Crack! Open the Cosmic Easter Egg – Sidney Qigong

Tsi Kung Qigong Chi Kung Chi Gung

EGG is archetypal – perhaps the world’s most potent Fertility symbol. We know human embryos develop from an egg, but it’s so tiny we can’t see it. So the lowly chicken egg gets to hold the honour of Fertility Power. Chinese myths of a dan – an egg or gourd – describe something born out of nothing. The same dan describes our dan tian, the “elixir field” in our navel centre. It’s where we birth our body out of nothing.

Huang ji is the Tipping Point, the moment the cosmic egg cracks open. Yin-Yang first moves and Creation begins. Why or who cracks open the egg? It’s a Mystery. Egg definitely came first, before the chicken. Tao cosmology says the egg is still cracking open. Our process of eternal birthing is happening NOW.  We don’t need to get the cosmic yolk (joke). Just laugh. Spring and Easter is a great time to celebrate it!