Rami's Blog

Like the Yin-Yang, Eastern Martial Arts and Western medicine are two halves of a whole. My mission is to preserve the ancient mind-body tools, and pass them on to you.


Four Gates Breathing

The energy that flows through our bodies moves in and our of us via gates. We have five major energy gates in our body, and many other smaller ones. In fact, each of your skin's pores could be considered a tiny gate. The five major gates are:

  1. The head. Especially the face, ears, and the center of the top of the head (the baihui point). 
  2. The two palms. Especially the center of the palms (the laogong point).
  3. The two feet. Especially the bottom of the soles (the yongquan point).

Four Gates Breathing just works with the four hands/feet points, as well as the lower energy center.

The Four Gates - The palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet.

The Four Gates - The palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet.

Moving the Energy to the Four Gates, the Simple Way

In order to succeed with the Four Gates visualization, you should first practice visualizing the lower energy center by itself. That energy center is at the crossroads of these four gates, and you must have a solid grasp of it before you start.

Next, we divide the gates into upper body and lower body sections, and practice their visualizations separately. We begin with the two palm gates, because they are the easiest. Next, we visualize only the two lower (soles of the feet) gates. Finally, we incorporate all the separate parts into one practice.

We'll talk about each of these steps in more detail in the following weeks.

P.S. I have two Meditation Workshops happening soon over at Yang's Fitness Center in Andover, MA. One is on March 1st, and the other is on March 15th. They are 3 hour sessions, which give you a great introduction into morning meditation (Mar 1st) and evening meditation (Mar 15th). You can register for one or both of them using this form, or by calling 978.475.2020.

Don't wait! Today is the last day to get the early-bird discount for the workshop on the 1st. And the early-bird deadline for the second workshop is March 5th, right around the corner.

Feel free to check out the testimonials of people who attended my last workshop back in September, if you are still unsure.

Hope to see you all there!