Some years ago I wrote about how much I loved practicing the 8 Key Breaths, the Five Tibetan Rites and Flying Crane Chi Gung. I’d turned to those three for their combined impacts on opening energy flow, building energy and balancing energy.
After faithfully practicing for 5 or 6 years, I started slowly moving into doing kundalini yoga more and always sliding in some sets of my flowing body work. I’ve never dropped the energy practices, but I’ve rarely done all three. I’m probably most faithful about the 8 Key Breaths, which I have loved since I first learned them in 1990, with the 5 Rites landing in second place.
Tuesday I felt really drawn to do the three for the first time in ages. Not only did it feel amazing, but because of the opening unfolding in my body, I could feel energy moving through places I’ve not felt it before. And the fullness and flow of energy in the hara, or sea of chi,… wow… amazing. It’s been one of the most thrilling things about the slow healing of the many issues in my muscles: revisiting practices after time gaps and feeling the energy of it.
While I’ve always felt energy build in that area during tai chi or qigong practice, I’ve also been aware the energy wasn’t as full as it should be, nor did flow through the whole area. So the sense of the bigness of the energy and how well it flowed through both second (where hara is located) and third chakras was a big eye-opener for how much progress my muscles have made.
Much of the super tight core in my face that’s unwinding now is connected into patterns going all the way down my body, so each time a knot or two opens, I feel impacts all the way down. This was the most intense moment of realizing what this opening means for the flow of energy. Wow.