MIS Week Four: Three Centres (Extension)

In this week we will extend our standing practice focused on the three centres by incorporating use of acupuncture points the stimulate and balance the flow of energy to and from each of the centres.

Begin your session with your usual warm up and standing in Wuji for a period of time tuning in to your energy. Then when you raise your arms to bring your hands in front of your lower dantien, send your awareness down to the soles of your feet to the Yongquan point in your mind breath in and out through this point for several breaths.  Next bring your awareness up to the Huiyin point in the centre of the perineum and in your mind breath in and out through this point for several breaths.  Then bring your awareness up to your belly button (Shenque) and with your mind breath in and out through this point several times.  Finally move your awareness to the point on your spine roughly opposite your belly button (Mingmen), breath in and out through this point for several breaths.

You are now ready to stretch by opening your arms wide and extending your legs before bringing your hands back in front of your middle dantien and sinking into your posture again.  We will repeat the process of bringing our awareness to different point that balance and strengthen this centre and breathing in and out through them with our mind for several breaths. We will use the following points in this order, first the point in the centre of your chest, roughly at the level of the nipples (TanZhong), second the point on the spine roughly opposite the centre of the chest (Zhiyang), third the points on the side of the ribs at about this same level (Dabao), finally Laogong – the points in the centre of the palms.

Moving on to the upper Dantien we will use the following points, first Baihui in the centre of the top of the head, second the point between your eyebrows (sometimes referred to as GV 24.5 as it actually falls between GV24 and GV 25), third the point in the hollow at the base of the skull (Fengfu), fourth the point in the hollow at the base of the neck (Tiantu), and finally the point on the spine at the base of the neck (Dazhui).

Finish your practice as you did in week four by stretching your arms up and then lowering your hands down slowly in front of your body. Spend a little while in Wuji as your energy settles and then you may use a cooldown exercise before you finish.