It is important, especially during the summer, to maintain an healthy balance between Fire (the Heart) and Water (the Kidneys). When Heart and Kidneys are not balanced we may experience difficulty sleeping, emotional stress, and heart issues. Taking the time each day to focus on your body’s energetic balance can help you relieve symptoms and strengthen your overall health.
The exercise below works specifically to balance the energy of Fire and Water and to regulate and deepen the heartbeat.
Stand with feet shoulder distance apart. Exhale completely and bring your hands together just below your navel, with the palms facing up and fingertips about an inch apart. Inhale slowly through the nose and raise your upturned hands up the torso until they reach the heart. Time it so that your inhalation is complete at the same time that your hands reach your heart center. Hold the breath for 3-5 counts.
Turn the palms facing downward and slowly push them back down the torso as you exhale through the nose. Remember to time the breath evenly with the movement. Again hold the breath briefly. Repeat six to ten times.
The Earth and Air Wellness clinic has books on breathing and moving techniques that we are happy to lend to our patients. If you have any questions about this practice, be sure to ask your practitioner at your next appointment.