Why does your stomach puff out when you inhale?

By Cindy Black / October 31, 2013 /

Lungs expand during inhalation. To make room for the lungs, the belly puffs out. Inside the rib cage are the heart and the lungs. Inside the abdominal cavity are our digestive organs. In between these two spaces is the diaphragm, the number one muscle for breathing.   The diaphragm is a unique muscle. The diaphragm…

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woman practicing Qi Gong at the beach

What is Qi?

By Cindy Black / May 9, 2013 /

Qi is Energy Qi (“chee”) is not a western term. “Qi” comes from a culture vastly different than European based cultures. Although cultures differ, people everywhere in the world wonder about the same things: Why are we here? Where did we come from? What is life? What is death? One answer from Chinese culture is Qi. Qi…

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Soothing Wood with Metal

By Cindy Black / April 7, 2012 /

The plants are making their way up through the soil, reaching for the sun. It is spring, and time for the sprouts of winter’s seeds to push up and out, expanding back to life. We might notice a similar energy within ourselves, a desire to get going, start new things, turn over a new leaf,…

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