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8 Brocades of Qigong

8 Brocades of Qigong

The Grandmother of All Antioxidants Photo credit: You’ve certainly heard about antioxidants before. They are the reason we strive to eat more organic fruits and vegetables. Which antioxidant is this? What Exactly is Glutathione? This antioxidant is a simple molecule that is produced naturally by our bodies all the time. Although our bodies make glutathione, the more you can get the better! Best Foods That Contain Glutathione TomatoesCardamomWatermelonAvocadosCabbageBroccoliRed PeppersOnionsGarlicPeasTurmericCinnamonAvocadosCauliflowerBrussels Sprouts Continue to Page 2 Glutathione can protect us from chronic illness. Exercise will also increase your levels of glutathione and help to improve your immune system. Although it would be nice if we could simply take glutathione in a supplement form, but the body digests protein, so this wouldn’t really work. You could also consume bioactive whey protein. SEE ALSO: 14 Benefits Of Antioxidants Infographic References:

Fun With Qigong » The Eight Brocades These famous and widespread Qigong exercises are at least 800 years old. They are used for gently training the intrinsic health of the muscles, joints, connective tissues, digestion, the spine, and more. The Eight Brocades engage the physical body wholly, bringing flowing, resilient, flexible, strength. There are many different versions of the Eight Brocades. The version below is from Shanghai Lan Shou teacher Master Wu Ji, via Bob Lau, with a few small changes. (Lan Shou is a type of Kung Fu that is usually practiced at slow speeds, and gently.) 1. Inhale: Raise palms up the centerline, fingers pointing to each other; turn palms over as they reach the top of the torso. Exhale: Lower arms in arcs down the sides with straight arms, then bring palms inward—fingertips leading—to the Lower Dantian, bringing the eyes back to neutral. Beginning position Raise the Palms Stretch up with bent joints Continue to stretch as you arc down Go right into the next rep More Keys to the First Movement 2. Fists

Cultural depictions of cats The cultural depiction of cats and their relationship to humans is as old as civilization and stretches back over 9,500 years. Cats have figured in the history of many nations, are the subject of legend and are a favorite subject of artists and writers. Earliest history[edit] Cats were originally domesticated because they hunted mice that would eat stored grains, protecting the food stores. It was a beneficial situation for both species: cats got a reliable source of prey, and humans got effortless pest control. Ancient Egypt[edit] Cats, known in ancient Egypt as the mau, played a large role in ancient Egyptian society. China[edit] Cats in the Garden, by Mao Yi, 12th century Europe[edit] In Norse mythology, the goddess Freyja was associated with cats. Folklore dating back to as early as 1607 tells that a cat will suffocate a newborn infant by putting its nose to the child's mouth, sucking the breath out of the infant.[6] Classical folklore[edit] Middle Ages[edit] Japan[edit] Russia[edit]

Tibetan Breathing for Health What is Tibetan Breathing? Tibetan Breathing is self-help healing technique that expands your lungs and increases oxygen in your blood. All your organs (and your brain) benefit from more oxygen and work better. Daily practice of this breathing program has been shown to calm the nervous system, regulate heart activity, relax muscles and spasms, oxygenate the blood, reduce blood pressure, stimulate digestion and help to clean the body of toxins. How to perform Tibetan Breathing Sit comfortably with your spine straight and your feet apart and flat on the floor. This simple breathing exercise establishes an equilibrium between positive and negative currents throughout the body. You can perform Tibetan Breathing while sitting, laying down or even while walking (keep your hands in your pockets). Note: this Tibetan Breathing Technique is a very powerful energizer which should not be overdone. Also see our recommendations for the 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation

The Challenge - A newly created sub-reddit dedicated to a six month quest to improving yourself in everyway. : GetMotivated Natural Health Zone 8 Nutritional Powerhouses You Can Add To Your Water To Support Digestion, Hydration and Cleansing - Natural Health Zone Photo (under license) – © Magdalena Kucova – How many of us actually follow the “eight glasses of water a day” rule? Plain water can be a bore to drink, especially if a person’s day doesn’t include strenuous activities. But there are ways to help make water more inviting to drink! Adding herbs, fruits, and vegetables to your water not only adds flavor but might make your water healthier. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. A final tip – be sure to wash your fruit carefully before adding it to the water. References: [1] Tapsell, L., et. al. (2006). [2] Grzanna, R., Lindmark, L., & Frondoza, C. [3] Mueller, M., Hobiger, S., & Jungbauer, A. (2010). [4] Gauthier, S. & Schlaefke, S. (2014). [5] Oh, M., et. al. (2014). [6] Sun, Z., et. al. (2014). [7] 10 Health Benefits Of Cucumbers (Herbs Info)

The Eight Brocades The Eight Brocades are a set of qigong exercises that originated in China and are practiced throughout the world. They are also known as the Eight Silken Movements, The Eight Treasures Dao-yin, The Eight Pieces of Silken Brocade, Baduanjin, or Pa Tuan Chin. Whatever the name, they are a set of qigong movements that date back thousands of years. Just as there are many names for the Eight Brocades, there are various names for each of the movements and a variety of styles. The Eight Brocades are most often considered a medical qigong exercise set. It is suggested that you do the entire set at least once per day. The Eight Brocades - The Movements If you'd like to read more about Qigong and the Eight Brocades, check out the following sites: "One single posture done correctly is more valuable than 150 movements done without understanding."

Cats in ancient Egypt A bronze statue of the cat goddess Bastet. Seated Wadjet, 664 B.C.E. – 332 B.C.E. Bronze.Usually seen in the form of a cobra, the goddess Wadjet was depicted as a lion-headed woman in the later periods of Egyptian history. Brooklyn Museum Cats (Felis silvestris catus), known in Ancient Egypt as "mau", were important in ancient Egyptian society. Praised for controlling vermin and its ability to kill snakes such as cobras, the domesticated cat became a symbol of grace and poise. As a revered animal and one important to Egyptian society and religion, some cats received the same mummification after death as humans. Cat with Kittens, ca. 664-30 B.C.E. or later. Cats in everyday life in Ancient Egypt[edit] Wild cats naturally preyed upon the rats and other vermin that ate from the royal granaries. A bronze statue of a domesticated cat and her kitten Cats in Egyptian religion[edit] Such was the strength of feeling towards cats that killing one, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty.

PSYCH-K Centre International Life Enhancing DIY Foot Reflexology: 7 Pressure Points To Reduce Stress & Boost Metabolism - Tiptop Home Remedies You maybe don’t know, but there are thousands of nerve endings on human feet. Can you imagine that massaging certain points on your feet can help you not only to relax, but also to improve your whole body work? By pressing certain points, you can connect to your hypothalamus, thyroid and other organs. It only takes a few minutes, massage your feet with your big finger and index finger and enjoy yourself. Parts of the foot that are linked with the organs of our body: If you have a problem with overweight, act on the hypothalamus by massaging your big toe. Give yourself a gift at the end of a long day, massage your own feet. Source: MindBodyGreen You maybe don't know, but there are thousands of nerve endings on human feet. elena.bitola@gmail.comAdministratorTiptop Home Remedies

Eight Section Brocade Chi Kung, Ba Duan Jin Qigong, Eight Treasures Exercise Routine from China Research by Michael P. Garofalo The use of calisthenics, stretching, and breathing exercises to maintain good health, fight disease, and enhance the quality of life is of great antiquity. This type of physical activity has a long documented history in both India and China. Artwork, medical manuals, folklore, treatises, scriptures and reports on the subject go back over 2,500 years. Likewise, military physical conditioning techniques, and training with military weapons (bow, sword, staff, saber, knife, spear, etc.) are of comparable antiquity. Over many centuries in China, traditional medical remedies (e.g., herbs, massage, diet, heat, acupuncture, exercise routines, etc.) were combined with esoteric and magical Daoist (Taoist) and local shamanistic healing practices. Interesting theories abound about the origin and development of the Eight Section Brocade Chi Kung. There was a wealthy King Ma who lived sometime around 160 BCE during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 24 AD).

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