In this post I am going to show you some qigong for the liver and go through four short exercises that will help open up your thoracic and intercostal area to get the blood and energy flowing more freely throughout the liver and surrounding tissues. Indications that you may have some problems with the liver can be experiencing excessive anger, rage, frustration and resentment, as well as hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, migraines and eye issues. Practicing qigong daily can have a profound effect on your mood and therefore help you feel you can flow with life more.
This little routine is only 3 minutes long, and can either be done as a standalone exercise when you are short on time, or as part of a larger qigong routine. Feel free to watch the video below to experience a relaxing routine I have carefully choreographed to cinematic music, or scroll down to read the instructions.
Exercise 1: The Crane
Stand with your feet hip distance apart and rest your hands on your thighs.
Bend your knees and reach forward with your chin extending out, then roll through the spine and tuck your chin in
As you reach the chin out, exhale
As you roll up and tuck the chin in, inhale.
Imagine you are drawing a large forward circle with your chin as you create a wave through the spine
This exercise facilitates the energy flow of the microcosmic orbit, which is an energy pathway that runs up the back of the spine and down the front of the spine.
Exercise 2: Picking Cherries
Start by standing in a wide stance in a relatively shallow squatting position.
Reach up with one hand and extend the fingers as high as they can go.
Alternate with the other hand.
AS you reach up, inhale deeply
As you switch hands bend into the knees and exhale.
Exercise 3: Hands Push/Pull
Start with holding an imaginary energy ball, then push your right hand forward and extend through your fingers.
The left arm pulls back with the palm facing the sky.
As you stretch through the right fingers, breathe in.
Switch to the other side and pull your right hand back, palm facing up with your left hand extending through the fingers.
As you switch your hands, breathe out, and then breathe in as the other hand pushes forward.
Feel the rotation through your torso and hips as you move with your breathe.
Exercise 4 : Puling Down The Heavens
Circle your arms out and up as you inhale.
As you exhale, face your palms towards the ground as you draw the hands down in front of your body.
Repeat this movement and imagine you are pulling energy from the heavens and bringing it into your body and down into the earth helping to ground your mind and be int he present moment.
Why is the liver so important for good health, well being and feelings of happiness?
The liver is the largest organ in the body. It has over 500 jobs to do and works to detoxify our blood.