Shibashi :10. Cloud Hands

This very gentle beautiful exercise allows you to reflect upon your life as you pivot from side to side

Repeat six times on each side

By cleansing the eyes and calming the mind, the eyes relax because consciousness is influenced by stimuli received through the eyes.

Can you imagine trying to relax whilst you are watching a frenetic or violent activity?

Benefits to you include:

  • helps ease anxiety

    Cloud hands for inner peace
    Cloud hands for inner peace
  •  brain neural pathways are altered making you resilient to stress
  • tension leaves the body
  • feeling calm and peaceful
  • increased creativity
  • reduces anger outbursts

All you need to do:

  1.  be really present
  2. take a moment to scan your body (how does my mind feel? How do my eyes feel? ) from head to toe.
  3. focus your attention on the moving hand
  4. say quietly to your self “my eyes are cleansed , my mind is at peace”
  5. imagine your hands are floating clouds
  6. breathe in restorative energy as you twist to the left  and as you move to the right breath out and feel the tension leave your body
  7. repeat the exercise 6 times or more if necessary on each side
  8. take a moment to scan your body (how does my mind feel? How do my eyes feel? ) from head to toe.

Tip for your practice:

Imagine your hands are floating clouds
Imagine your hands are floating clouds

Make all aspects of your movement and the connection between the repetitions seamless. Lead by the turning of your waist.

“Once the movement is commenced,

The whole body must be light and sensitive.

Above all it must be coordinated.

Let the breath be expanded freely

The spirit inwardly absorbed

Don’t let there be deficient places,

Don’t let there be protruding or caved in spaces,

Don’t let there be disconnected places.”

Wu Yuxiang (1812 – 80)

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