We’ve discussed Chakras and your Subtle Body, and how balancing one’s life energy (sometimes referred to as ‘Chi/Qi’ or ‘Prana’) can improve mental, physical and emotional health. While chakras are the body’s energy centers, meridians are energy paths that flow through these centers.
Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that there’s a network of meridians (20 in total) throughout the human body –in fact, think of them delivering energy the way blood vessels distribute blood.
There are 12 Principal Meridians, 6 of which are ‘Yin’ and 6 are ‘Yang’ groups, which work together to help the body and its organs function. When Yin and Yang forces are balanced and in harmony, so is your Chi. Chi must be able to flow freely throughout the body.
The remaining 8 Meridians, known as extraordinary meridians, are considered the energy-storage vessels of the body.
When a chakra or a meridian is imbalanced or blocked, so is Chi, which in turn affects a person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state of health.
Here are 4 ways to use meridians to improve your health and balance your energy.
Qigong translates to ‘cultivating energy’, and integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention, according to the National Qigong Association. The postures and flowing movements associated with Qigong are medical, spiritual or martial, and manipulate Chi by increasing it, circulating it or utilizing it to heal.
Check out The Qigong Institute for an introduction to some of the movements and meditations people practice to increase and balance their energy.
A very detailed diagram and instruction sheet for this tap-and-release technique is outlined here, at Angries Out.