3 Meridian Exercises for Mind Relaxation and Healthy Lungs!
With the oxygen brought into the body by your lungs, your cells are able to gain the energy they need to thrive! Lack of oxygen in the body is the main cost of cell aging and body aging, and it affects our organs and entire body negatively!
Like a balloon, the deeper we breathe, the more oxygen we will be able to inhale, and eliminate more toxic carbon dioxide through a deeper exhaling.
Meridian Exercise combines targeted stretching to loosen your muscles, fascia, and joints, and allow our bodies to bring in more oxygen into our bloodstream, as well as coordinated breathing to open your meridian channels and minds.
What Is Lung Meridian?
Meridian channels are highways for energy to distribute over our bodies.
According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the state of our energy system determines the state of our health. A healthy energy system has pure, bright, warm energy flowing freely through all of the meridian channels of the body.
Most meridian channels are associated with particular organs. The Lung Meridian runs through each of our arms. Energy needs to flow well through this meridian channel in order for your lungs and related areas to gain energy and stay healthy.
The following 3 meridian exercises can open up and balance the Lung Meridian channel, and relieve tension in the areas around our lungs.
Benefits: Releases qi from the Lung Meridian & strengthening the lungs and organs.
1) Stand or sit with your chest open.
2) Hold your arms out to the sides at shoulder height with your elbows bent at 90-degree angles and your hands loosely held above your shoulders.
3) Shake your wrists lightly and loosely for several minutes.
Benefits: Strengthens the heart and lungs while releasing excess energy in your chest and head.
1) Sit on your knees with your buttocks resting on your heels.
2) Extend your arms in front of your chest with your palms touching.
3) Inhale as you stretch your arms out to each side with your palms facing forward.
4) Exhale as you bring your palms back together.
5) Turn your hands so that the backs are touching and your palms are facing outward.
6) Inhale as you stretch your arms out to each side with your palms facing backward.
7) Exhale and bring your hands together again.
8) Shift your hands so that the palms are up and the pinky fingers are touching each other.
9) Inhale as you stretch your arms open once again.
10) Exhale as you bring them back together.
11) Turn your palms down with your thumbs touching each other.
12) Inhale and stretch your arms out to the sides with your palms down.
13) Exhale as you bring your hands back together.
14) Repeat steps for about 4 times.
Benefits: Loosen your shoulders, chest, and spine. Opens energy points at the base of your neck that are important for colds and the flu.
1) Kneel on the floor with your knees and hips at 90-degree angles and your palms on the floor below your shoulders. Bend your ankles so that your toes are pointed forward.
2) Bend your knees and bring your hips back over your ankles, lowering your chest as close to the floor as possible.
3) Bounce your hips back 8 times.
4) Inhale. Maintain this posture for several moments to stimulate your GV 14 acupressure point at the bottom of the back of your neck, as well as your second thoracic vertebrae.
5) Exhale. Keeping your toes on the floor, straighten your legs on the floor, moving your upper body forward. Arch your back and look toward the sky.
6) Hold this posture for 20-30 seconds and release.
7) Repeat the entire sequence.
Performing these meridian exercises mindfully helps to relax the body and open the meridian channels.
Making a regular practice of meridian exercises for your lungs can keep them strong and healthy while letting you breathe deeply and peacefully.
Check out the 5-min mini tutorial of breathing exercise with Coach Maggie 👇
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Dr. Rose Qiangwei Li
Dr. Li is one of the world’s renowned authorities in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), at the age of nearly 70 years old, Dr. Li specailizes in Women’s Health and Othopedics with over 40 years of clinical experience.
Currently the Vice Chairperson and Chief Physician of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Society (WFCMS) Orthopedics Committee, Dr. Li holds numerous tertiary qualifications, awards and accolades in the field of TCM and Health Science. Besides practicing as a TCM doctor, she’s also teaching online passing down her years of anti-aging experience using the invaluable TCM techniques and generations of wisdom.
Coach Maggie was born and raised in a family of Chinese Traditional Medicine and Martial Arts of six generations, she is currently the Specialty Fitness Instructor at Google Headquarters in the USA and the Head Wellness Coach at Li Natural International. Maggie has been training in Herbal Medicine, the Meridian System, and Internal Kungfu from a very young age. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience worldwide.
As a professional engineer in her previous professional life, Coach Maggie’s teaching combines the best of scientific principles and traditional wisdom, to help maintain students’ physical and mental health, and raise self preventative-care awareness for lifelong benefits. Her ability to translate traditional health preservation concepts into useful wellness practice for today’s busy lifestyle make her teachings an invaluable asset for her students.
In her spare time, Coach Maggie teaches Meridian Practice for Charities and Non-profit organizations. She also values every moment with her two children, introducing them to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Internal Kungfu, passing on the values and culture, just like what her mother and grandparents did when she was a young child.