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Open Dolphin Fins

Begin this exercise with legs together, slightly bent, hands rub down the outside of the thighs, down the leg to the knees, rubbing the knees for a few seconds and coming up the inner thighs to the lower abdominal area, to the centre of the body, over the hips and back down the outer sides of the legs to the knees, do this a few times as if you are smoothing out some wrinkles. Feel the energy rise up the centre, this is good for releasing frustration, anger and indecision. Come up the centre of the body and open dolphin's fin, feel the energy rise up the centre to open at the chest and break through stagnation in the centre of the body and down through the lower energy centre; when hands reach the heart/chest area, open feet, toes pointing outward, push Chi down to the ground and begin again. Breathing should be natural and gentle.


This exercise is soothing Chi in the gallbladder and liver channels down the sides of legs to knee caps, then up the centre to allow for smooth flow of Chi through the centre of the body.


My personal experience with this exercise: I felt centred while doing Open Dolphin Fins; it appealed to me when I first saw the teacher perform the exercise.


 


Things to be mindful of:

- keep the tongue touching the roof of the mouth to increase the flow of Chi

- the Top of the head is called the Hundred Meeting Point - the Heavenly Energy Point

- inner canvas of the eyes - The Eye Bright Points - keep eyes directed

- palms of the hands - The Palace of Toil - feel the energy in your palms

- lower trunk of body - The Lower Trunk Point - keep spine straight and knees bent

- either sides of your ankle bones - The Yang Extending Points - important to be mindful of free flow chi at side of body

- soles of feet - The Bubbling Spring Points - helps to receive energy from the ground

- use Chi to circulate throughout body, not muscles!

*Based on the Body Clock theory the ideal time to treat any organ with a Chi Kung exercise is during the peak time of the 2 hour intervals as indicated on the chart. However, speaking in terms of practicality while being mindful of traditional sacred periods of the day, the ideal time to practice Chi Kung exercises is during the hours of the living breath from midnight to noon; the middle of the living breath - 6 o'clock a.m. or sunrise is the ideal time of day.*


References

Buddhist Doctrines

Chi with Colleen

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