Strong belly, core and small intestine. Build your digestive fire with the small intestine sit-up. During the summer season the fire element meridians, the heart and small intestine are the most active, vulnerable and therefore the most easily able to make stronger. In Zen Ki Yoga® we can work on the meridians AND the organs to make them healthy. The small intestine is where we absorb the minerals into our blood stream from the food we eat. If we don’t have the fire in this organ, there will be too much fire in our upper body, the heart, the neck and shoulders etc, causing heart problems, anxiety, crazy mind, panic attacks and more. The small intestine also contributes to giving you’re a flat belly and a great waist. Here’s how to work it…
Lie straight, then bend one knee out, placing your foot heel above knee, ball of foot below knee so your arch of foot wraps around the knee. Toes back on your straight leg (lock out the leg strongly). Bend your upper body around until you can hold over the kneecap and have your fingertips press into the groove in the base of the kneecap. Place the other hand on the belly below the navel and inhale, exhale holding knee try to sit up without letting your knee come up with you. If you make it all the way up, as you move back down to the beginning position make sure you don’t let go of your knee. You can have someone hold down your straight ankle. Do at 10-15 on each side and then another 10 on the harder side.
For more detailed information, go to our studio’s website blog www.thecentreofyoga.com <http://www.thecentreofyoga.com> OR find the extract from one of our summer DVDs on Youtube channel ‘Zen Ki Yoga’ (10th video down list) Do this everyday!!!!
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