This fall I have been doing rooting flows starting with a Wing Chun shoulder stretch followed by:
- Embracing the Tree
- Santi Shi
Tai Chi uses the Embracing the Tree posture and Xing Yi uses Santi Shi. While holding these postures I try to focus on opening my root chakra by mentally spinning a ball of energy in or around my perineum. Aslo, I like to do the Inner Smile meditation while I do Embracing the Tree. The Inner Smile is a Taoist meditation that I learned from Mantak Chia. The mediation is helpful for regulating stress in our organs and turning off the “flight or fight” autonomic nervous system to a “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system.
A neighbor visited our house to ask us to take care of this baby pigeon with a hurt leg. We think it fell out of a tree. In less than a week “Cheerio” has a healthy appetite and his leg is already showing improvement.