Balancing Fire and Water – a Qi Gong Exercise

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.

About Laura Metzdorff, LAc

Laura is a California state licensed acupuncturist originally from Long Island, NY. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor's in English Literature, Laura found herself wanting to do more than her degree had to offer. She knew she wanted to work with people, but wasn't sure what avenue to take. A friend in Oregon introduced her to herbal medicine and shortly after a Long Island friend recommended acupuncture. So began the path to her true calling. Laura started her graduate education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. After her third year there, Laura decided to explore life on the West Coast and moved to California to finish her studies at Pacific's San Diego campus where she obtained a Master's in Traditional Oriental Medicine. During school, Laura assisted at North Shore Acupuncture in Encinitas, CA. She then spent two years assisting and practicing at The Healing Sanctuary in Tustin, CA. In December of 2010, she moved to Northern California and co-founded Earth and Air Wellness, Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine. Laura has always believed that there is more to health than what we've been taught and she has made it her mission to help others gain back power over their health. Her true passion is education. She believes that the first step towards wellness is knowledge and she strives to inspire others and share with them the tools to cultivate wellness.
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