Microcosmic Orbit

What is the microcosmic orbit? No, it’s not a tiny planet orbiting around the sun. It’s a flow of energy through the body. Going from the base of the spine, it goes up the Du or Governing channel, to the head where it connects through the tongue to the Ren or Conception channel, back down to the dan tien.

This page has an excellent understanding and description of the microcosmic orbit, and how to activate it during meditation. The goal is to move qi through the body, collecting and storing it in the dan tien. This can be practiced almost any time you have a spare moment, energizing the body when you need a lift. I practice it when I’m walking, especially up hills, and I feel it does give me more energy.

The page I am linking to above has a video of the 8 Pieces of Brocade practice that is a great introduction to Qi Gong moves. It also explains the purpose of the various exercises and the qi/health benefits.

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