Strengthen the Spine, Store Energy in the Abdomen

Many of the aspects of human anatomy are compromised by our modern lifestyles. Sitting, commuting, and lack of interaction with the Earth can close the hips, weaken the spine, and make the psoas muscle very tight.

Tai chi and chi kung exercises build up our health, vitality, connection to the earth and the strength of the spine. As the Taoists say, “the strength of the spine is the strength of the organism.”

Many chi kung exercises focus on building and storing energy in the lower abdomen, called the lower ‘tan tien,’ which means ‘the field of the elixir.’ This is the area where most of the vital organs inhabit. Storing energy here can nourish the entire body.

Many people do not store their energy in their body, rather it is floating outside of their body in thoughts of the past, the future, and pouring into cyberspace through digital devices. These practices can help the reader regain this lost energy. Once it flows back in their bodies, it can support the numerous biological and psychological functions of all the organs.

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