Use this simple exercise for better digestion, to deepen your breath and quickly center your emotions.
Does your breath flow comfortably and deeply, creating peace and joy in the present moment? Abdominal breathing is only effective if the intestines are soft and flexible. Most people, when they begin Meridian exercise have to start by relieving cold & stiff intestines.
Popular in Asian cultures for thousands of years, Intestine Exercise deepens your breath and directly massages your small and large intestine (and other organs) to build vitality and move toxins from the internal organs.
Central to the Tao Healing Arts and Martial Arts, Intestine Exercise creates water up - fire down energy condition and effectively strengthens and cultivates energy in your Dahn jon (2nd chakra) for empowered grounding and harnessed channeling of energy.
The lower abdomen is filled with the small and large intestines, which together hold about one third of the body’s blood volume at any given time. Therefore, a smooth and unimpeded flow of blood through the intestines is important for efficient circulation of both energy and blood in the body.
The underlying cause of health problems are the toxins within our internal organs. Unhealthy eating habits and excessive stress cause your intestines to become cold and stiff, which prevents food from being completely excreted, which then releases toxins. This is called auto-intoxication—self-poisoning by the body’s own toxins. This also negatively impacts absorption of nutrients and minerals from the healthy foods we eat.
Intestine Exercise stimulates your intestines and improves peristalsis of the colon, which removes the feces along the walls of the intestine and relieves constipation. Because one-third of your body’s blood flows through your abdomen, Intestine Exercise is great not only for your abdomen, but for the circulation of your entire body. As the solar plexus is stimulated, bladder and reproductive functions are often enhanced, improving even feminine illnesses caused by cold energy. Your skin may also improve as rashes, acne, and skin spots are alleviated by the release of toxins.
If you find this is too difficult, start with Belly Drumming to relax your shoulders, open your chest, deepen your breath and warm your intestines. Then try again.
How to do Intestine Exercise
Either stand up in a relaxed posture with your knees bent 15 degrees, sit in a chair with your feet solidly on the ground, or lie down with your ankles shoulder width apart
- Put your hands on your lower abdomen.
- Breathe in and push your abdomen out, feeling some pressure.
- Breathe out and pull your abdomen towards your back.
- Repeat 1-3 at least 50 times.
- Count a motion of pushing out and pulling in as one.
- Rub your abdomen clockwise.
Next Level: Empowerment
Once physical health is established Intestine exercise - the next step is to make the exercise habitual and combine it with physical conditioning training to empower your core. Harnessing fresh energy in your core (Lower Dahn Jon / Dan Tien) will keep you centered and full of focused energy through your work-day as well as adding rocket fuel to your vitality and over-all physical performance.
We even use this exercise as a grounding baseline for introspection and building your emotional intelligence quotient!
Image a Martial Artist using their hands to cut through a stack of wood or bricks, or a Master of the Tao Healing Arts moving matter without touch. These feats are accomplished through an empowered dahn-jon and mind that is not limited (or enslaved) by the 5 physically based senses.
The enhanced ability of mind over matter is at the heart of Heart Drum Beat programs as a path to building physical health, charisma and helping high performers demonstrate excellence executing their goals.
With Love, Arrow