A qigong-inspired yoga sequence to energize the upper body meridians, cycling through three yang yoga sequences: Four-Part Taoist Breath, Finger Fans and …
Four-Part Taoist Breath
Circle the arms around and up over the
head. Draw it down to the heart, and press
outward with the palms open, bow forward and gather the Chi from the earth.
Lift it up over the head and settle it down
through the head, through the heart, and
to the belly, completing the cycle and
beginning again. Gather from above,
pull down into the heart, and press outward. Bow forward and gather from below, and
pull upward over the head. Guide the Chi
down through the spine, to the belly, and
begin again. Gather from above, draw down and into the heart, and press out.
Bow forward, connect with the earth, draw upwards over the head and settle down
all the way to the belly. And resting the
hands here in front of the belly.
Finger Fans. Spread the arms out to the sides turn the palms up and curl the fingers in
one at a time, bend the elbows and
squeeze the back of the heart, and press
the arms forward, palms open, turn the
hands up, curl the fingers in one at a time,
squeeze the elbows, back of the
heart, and press out to either side,
palms open, hands turn up, pinkies first thumbs curl in last, squeeze the scapula
together and press the hands forward.
Turn the palms up, curl the fingers in,
squeeze the back of the heart. Press out
to the sides, turn the palms up, curl the
fingers in, then the wrists, bend the
elbows, hands behind the heart, and press
forward. Turn the palms up, curl the
fingers in and press out to either side.
Settling the arms down.
Willows in the Wind, three rounds. Bend to
your left, taking your left hand to the ground
and reaching the right arm up, and
across. Come back up, move the left hand
forward on the ground, and dive the right
arm through and under for Twisted
Child's Pose. Take your right arm up and
out, open up to a diagonal, looking up and
back, and reaching the fingers back reach
the right arm across the body as you bow
your head down and reach through the
fingers. Change to the other side, right
hand down, left arm up and across,
stretching the left side of the torso.
Dive through to Twisted Child's Pose.
Reach the left arm up and back to a
diagonal, and reach the left arm across.
Bow the head, stretching the back of the
neck and between the shoulder blades.
Back to the first side. Take the side
bend and here you can experiment with
rotating your arm and hand in different
directions to effect different meridians
of the arms. And dive through to the
Twisted Child's Pose. Open the right arm
up and back and draw the arm across,
making space between the shoulder blades, dropping the head. Other side –
stretch into to the left side of the torso, and dive through to Twisted Child's Pose as you
come to the diagonal your right hand on
the floor can come back to support your
weight. And draw the arm across to the
right side. Back to the first side.
Side bend.
Left arm comes forward to catch the
Twisted Child's Pose reach the right arm
up and back maybe opening the right knee up and back as well. And reach the right
arm across the body to the opposite side.
Second side – Side Bend, Twisted Child's Pose,

reach the arm up and back, draw the arm
across to the opposite side and return
to center. Finish with one round of
Four-Part Daoist breath. Circle the arms
to gather the Chi, draw it down to the
heart and press outward. Bow forward,
gathering from the earth, draw up through
the backs of the hands over your head
and settle the Chi down, all the way down
the spine, all the way down to the belly.
And now rest here for as long as you'd
like,
feeling the Chi circulating in the
body

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