Ki Yoga originated in Japan around 200 years ago. It is a form of Yoga based on the 5 Element Theory.
Specific postures are designed to balance the meridian system of which there are 12.
This sequence is designed to balance the Heart Constrictor (HC) Meridian or Pericardium. This practice would typically be done in late summer or when there is an imbalance in the meridian. The HC Meridian governs circulation, pericardium and the Vascular System (all veins, arteries and some capillaries).
If there is any discomfort during the practice, stop immediately. The postures may need modification, this can be done in consultation with your Inspire team.
Lying on your back.
Place your hands behind your head.
Bring your knees up to 90 degrees.
As you exhale, take the knees to one side, keeping the shoulders on the ground (the knees don't need to touch the ground) Inhale back to center.
Repeat 10 times.
Sit in seiza (or on your knees if the position is uncomfortable).
Place your right hand on the right ankle.
As you exhale, push hips out and bring the left arm up keeping it close to the ear.
Inhale back to seiza.
Repeat 6 times.
Lay on your front with your right arm out to the side and the left arm in front of you.
As you inhale, take your right arm up as far as it is comfortable. Try and keep your hip low to the ground (the aim is to isolate your upper back).
Exhale, lower down.
Repeat 5 times. On the last time, hold the arm up and take 5 breaths.
Repeat on the other side.
Lay on your front with arms and legs wide, hands and feet pulled back.
As you exhale, take arms and legs up.
Inhale, lower down.
(If there is any back discomfort stop the movement and rest).
Repeat twice more.
On the next exhale, come up with hands and feet wide.
Inhale and hold the position.
Exhale bring your hand and feet to touch each other.
Inhale, take the arms and feet wide.
Repeat 5 times.
Enjoy the REST
We run a Ki Yoga class every Wednesday at 6pm at Inspire Yoga in Dee Why.