Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Qigong for Your Liver

Are you aware that anger, frustration, resentment and stress are the emotions/feelings that correspond to the Liver? 

Quite simply, if your Liver is not functioning well ˗ if its energy is stuck ˗ you will most likely feel stuck, weighed down and out of sorts. 

Emotions can unbalance its function. Conversely, an out-of-balance Liver can create these emotions. 

By healing your Liver function, you are effectively creating the possibility for a year of emotional balance. 
Another very powerful reason to heal yourself in spring.  

Please read the following posts for additional detox / healing ideas

Try the following Qigong for your liver:
In Traditional Chinese medical theory this movement helps stimulate and revitalize the liver.  

"Punching with an Angry Gaze" is a somewhat controversial movement

Feel anger and 'make a face like tiger', staring ahead.

The legs are in a horse-riding stance, about 3 feet apart and the fists clenched, palms upwards. 

Sometimes people think they have an anger problem, and sometimes they think they are never angry

Here we might become aware of anger and therefore be more able to recognize it.

One point is that even the most angry person, trying to maintain her anger, would soon find that like all things, anger might arise, we observe it mindfully, without trying to influence it. And then it declines. And we notice how it goes away. 

This exercise is part of The Eight Section Brocade Chi Kung. You can read about other exercises in the series in the posts below:

Movement Name:  Punching with Angry Eyes, Purging Anger from the Liver
Research by Michael P. Garofalo

Step out to the left into a horse stance: feet pointing forward, feet at more than shoulder width, knees bent, back straight, head up, eyes looking forward, shoulders relaxed.

Hips are raised, butt tucked, and lower back strong.  

Arms are positioned at the waist.  Hands are held in a soft and relaxed fist.  Palms are up.

Slowly extend the right arm to the front, turning the fist as the arm moves forward.  The arm should be gently lifted up and extended.  The arm should end at about chest level.  The fist should be palm down at the end of the extension.  Do not use intense and powerful muscular force to strike forward.  

Exhale through the mouth as the arm moves out, inhale through the nose as the arm moves in.  The lips should be slightly parted, with the tongue at the top of the mouth.
Eyes should be wide open, staring forward, and the gaze should be intense. 
Open the eyes really wide!  Project fire, fierceness, toughness, determination and courage through your eyes.  Glare at your opponent.
Clench your teeth, part your lips - snarl!

Imagine that energy is projected outward from the fist and moves into an imaginary opponent.  This energy travels along a path set by your stare.  

The right arms returns to the waist as the left arm duplicates the previous movement of the other arm.  The combined movement results in alternating soft punches by each arm.

Repeat the soft punch with each hand for a number of repetitions: 2, 4, 8, 16, 36, etc
Stay relaxed, keep your head up, and keep your back straight.  

Generally, exhale as you strike something.  
Inhale as you gather your energy before a strike.  

Return you left foot back into the Wu Ji position to rest and realign the body-mind.  Wu Ji signals the end of one movement and the beginning of the next movement.  
Enjoy some cleansing breaths.  Opening/Closing.

Stand up straight and tall.  Lift the head.  Tuck the chin inward a little.

Loosen Up, Soften, Merge and Relax.
Feel yourself sinking and rooting into the Earth.
Free up the mind, reduce thinking, forget, become outside more. 


  1. Very interesting. I had never thought about liver cleansing through movements and exercise.

  2. This is all new to me. Thanks for sharing about Liver cleansing through exercise.

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