High blood pressure and Tai Chi

HBP signals that the heart is having to work harder to get nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells. Our cells are where life itself is generated. Too often life cut short by things that we can actually do something about. We all have a lot of life left in us to live longer and more fully.

Plaque build up, cholesterol, clogged arteries, and all that may accurately describe what goes on in the blood vessels as a result of eating certain foods over time and doing too little about it. Often, it’s too late when we find out there is a problem. Yet for most of us, the human body is fully equipped at birth to heal itself. If it has the nutrients and right amount and kind of physical activity, we should function more optimally, feel better, live longer.

What is within your power to change? I know one thing you can do. In taiji, it’s quite simple. Just move the body in such a way that the heart opens fully and  blood flows more easily to the body’s cells. It’s easy to do with minimal training. You can feel the benefits in a single practice session. Stand in wuchi, take a deep breath, stretch your body, do a qigong move that you remember from class with attention and affection. Open the body so the blood will flow. Oxygen and nutrients will feed the cells. Be clear on the understanding that you are stimulating the life force within and signaling the body that you desire to be healthy and vibrant and you want to live as fully in each moment as possible.

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