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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.

 

Achieving Physical and Mental Balance, Part 4

If you haven't checked out the flexibility portion of this routine, you can see it here: Part 1Part 2. Once you are all caught up on the stretching, start the strengthening portion of the routine with Part 3.

To finish up the strength section, we present two other exercises today. The first one will be new to some of you mind-body students, and the second is an old favorite.

Make sure you are paying attention to the number of repetitions and sets you should be doing, and be sure to keep your deep breathing and empty mind going as you do these techniques.

  1. This new technique will help strengthen your calves, the muscles that sit at the back of your knees and stretch all the way to the bottom of your feet. This muscle pair is incredible important for stability while walking, climbing stairs, going uphill, and more. It's time to lift those heels off the ground! Build up to 30 repetitions every other day.
    (See the video below)
     
  2. Wall Push-ups - you should all know this one by now. Remember that there are two sets, one with elbows in, and one with elbows out. Build up to 30 of each type every other day.

And that's it for strength! Next week, we move onto the third section of this mind-body prescription: Experiencing your mass/weight. This part will be a crucial step in improving your stability and balance, mentally and physically.

Until then, Happy Stretching!