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Snake and Turtle Swallow Qi

Updated: May 11

This video is the 15th in a series of 16 that will explore each Snake & Turtle movement in a little more detail. It is a resource for beginners to learn the basic motions. Later, I will present more advanced methods of cultivation and deeper layers of skill that can emerge from this practice, step by step. Please take your time to study each of these exercises in detail. Only begin following my practice sessions once you've grown comfortable with the instruction.



Snake and Turtle Swallow Qi

龜 蛇 服 氣 (guī shé fú qì)



Watch the instruction video: https://youtu.be/zyS4lubKjgE


Snake and Turtle Rest is a universally helpful method because it is a return to our natural resting state. Many people have asked me how I cured my back pain and rebalanced my structure. I always respond, "standing practice alongside Snake & Turtle." While this may seem like a very simplistic idea, please give it the time & attention that it deserves. Standing embeds principles that can transform your body and keep you safe while active.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08828032.1988.10389276


Stand with your feet small shoulder-width apart. Allow your mind to become tranquil as you observe the feeling of your body releasing & opening.


Remain as long as you feel comfortable, allowing your whole body to relax. Do you notice that you seem to generate extra space inside you by softening? Imagine that the Earth's vitality absorbs through your hands and feet like a dry sponge absorbing water. The more spacious you become in your mind and body, the more it is drawn into you.


Continue until you feel supple and expansive. Each time you practice, you will find it easier to stand longer. The consistent accumulation of softness and vibrancy will nourish your tissues and refresh your mind.

Rest your palms onto your navel as you finish, nestling your awareness into the space beneath.


The Next Step:

Continue studying each of the Snake & Turtle exercises at this basic level until you begin a daily practice of the entire series. There is only one more beginner's lesson to explore before starting your new routine. Write down some of your insights in your journal to track your progress. Future classes will investigate the nuances of posture practice. One day, you will enjoy looking back to see how far you have come.


Homework Suggestion:

This exercise is all about the nourishment we receive through rest and release. Of course, there is no better time to heal than during sleep. We must optimize our nightly opportunity to replenish and recharge. Enjoy at least 8-10 hours of sleep each night as often as possible. Many studies show the relationship between a lack of sleep and back pain. Take steps to ensure that nighttime remains a sacred commitment to self-love and wellbeing. For extra credit, take a nap during the day rather than stimulating with caffeine. Your spine will thank you!

https://journals.lww.com/clinicalpain/Abstract/2011/02000/The_Association_Between_Chronic_Low_Back_Pain_and.12.aspx


What are your favorite methods to get a restful night's sleep? Please share with us in the comment section.


Become your most vibrant & well-rested self. Happy training!



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Remember that this is only a tiny part of a more extensive system and sequence of teaching videos. Subscribe to my channel to learn more!


Make sure that you begin your practice at the beginning of the sequence


Ready to train? Follow along with traditional practice sessions


Thank you for visiting my site! Feel free to connect:

Friend me on Facebook

Join me on Instagram

Follow me on Twitter

Watch me on TikTok Shop for Snake & Turtle Stuff

Support me on Patreon


Visit Zhicheng Shifu & Shoko Sensei at:

TaoistStudiesInstitute.org


Endless gratitude to my supporters on Patreon for making this possible!


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