Mustang Shenzhan Technique Yijinjing-9 transforms your body into a spectacular shape

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Yijinjing-9 (Mustang Shenzhan Technique YJJ9 ) will transform your body into a spectacular shape that everyone will envy. Moreover, it will increase your blood and energy circulation so that you will feel energized. Lastly, it will get rid of most of your pains.

The biggest advantage of doing this set of exercise is that you can do them at any time, even when you are watching television programs.

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01 Lift to tone muscles of your arms

If you are a sedentary person, or if you sit in front of your computer the whole day, you must have very poor muscle quality.

You can use dumbbells for this exercise. If you do not want to buy a set of dumbbells, you may fill up two mineral water bottles for the exercise.

Hold a dumbbell in each of your hands, extend your arms up and over the top of your head slowly, and then return them to the original position. Repeat the actions until your arms feel sore.

This will exercise the muscles of your arms. It will strengthen and beautify your muscles so you look more attractive to the opposite sex. It may prevent breast cancer for women. Do it with your girlfriend.

02 Change to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Your left hand is a gun (straighten your thumb and index finger and tighten your other fingers into a fist.)

Your right hand is a four (straighten your fingers closely and fold your thumb into your palm.)

Now change the shape of your hands, calling it one shot for four birds. That is, your left hand is now four, and your right hand is a gun.

Many people cannot do this exercise well. If you don’t do well, you should practice more. This exercise will strengthen your index finger and thumb to enhance coordination and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

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03 Tip toe to prevent cramp muscles

Stand straight up. Use your toes to grab the ground and lift your heels. Hold it. Now your body weight is on your toes.

Now you return your heels to the ground and then lift your heels again. Repeat these up and down motions until you are tired of the game.

If you suffer from leg cramps or toe cramps at night, this exercise may relieve the cramps. This is the easiest way to increase blood supply to your heart and increase your blood circulation. Older or weaker persons may hold on to the back of a chair to aid in the exercise.

04 Stretch to relieve joint pain

Spread and straighten the fingers of both hands. Pause. Bend the knuckles in a claw shape. Pause. Next, close your fingers into a fist. Repeat the actions until you are tired of the game.

Some people will buy one or two iron balls and put them inside the palms to do the exercise. If you want to save money, use walnuts instead.

This exercise will help to alleviate joint pains of the fingers and wrist, including pains that are caused by the excessive use of the computer mouse.

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05 Walk to lower blood sugar

The human leg is covered with 50% of the muscles, 50% of the bones, 50% of the nerves, 50% of the blood, and 50% of the energy circulation paths. Therefore, you must learn to walk properly.

The first way to walk is to take a big stride, at least one meter in length for each step. You just walk forward, swinging your arms as you walk. We called this the military walk.

The second way to walk is to walk with a lunge. You walk similar to the first way of walking with a modification. You bend your front knee as if you are doing horse-style squatting. Pause. Now lift the other leg to move forward, with the same bending and squatting motion.

Walk for at least one hundred steps to benefit from the exercise. You may walk further if you can do it.

Walk in the morning before breakfast. If you walk after a meal, do it for at least twenty minutes after the meal.

You cannot afford to have muscles on your belly. If you like to eat and hate to exercise, you are courting illness.

If you suffer from fat in your liver, you must control your weight and practice the walking exercise diligently. You must walk more than 10,000 steps per day (or one hour). You must persist for three months. You will then lower your blood sugar and blood lipids and be healthy again without medication.

You walk forward with your left leg, and then your right leg. This is one step. Similarly, you exhale air and then you inhale air. This is one breath.

06 Open your eyes to prevent cataracts

This exercise of the eyes is relatively easy compared with walking. Quickly open your eyes with force. Pause. Close your eyes quickly with force. You are essentially squeezing your eyes. If you do it right, you will hopefully moisten your eyes with tears. Repeat this action until you are tired of the game.

The action will force your eye blood to be squeezed back into your heart and fresh blood to be delivered to your eyes. This action is beneficial for the prevention of cataracts, myopia, and dry eyes.

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07 Side lifting to treat cervical spondylosis

Spread your arms horizontally to your sides, with the fingers pointing upward.

Lift your chest.

Look forward and up. Lift your arms back and upward.

Walk forward two hundred steps.

Do this everyday. You will also have treated your neck and shoulders.

08 Turn to treat your lumbar

Sedentary people usually suffer from lumbar spine disorder.

This group of people can exercise the waist muscles through body movements.

First Movement. Stand straight with feet spread shoulder wide. Raise your arms horizontally to your sides. Turn your waist to the left five times, then to the right five times, for a total of fifty times for each side.

Second Movement. Stand straight with feet spread shoulder wide. Push your left hand against your waist. Raise your right hand over your head and press down on your left. Do it five times. Now change sides. Do it five times. Do it for a total of fifty times for each side.

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09 Squat to treat knee joints

Stand upright with your feet spread shoulder wide. Put your hands against your waist. Bend your knees slightly. Stand firm.

You may also do this motion with your hands spreading forward instead of against your waist. Point your toes forward. Bend your knees slightly so as not to exceed your toes. Stand firm.

Stand firm for as long as you can. You may not be able to stand for long when you first do it. It is not important how long you stand. It is more important that you do it daily.

This is the easiest and most effective way to prevent knee joint dysfunctions.

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Purpose of Ruding

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As practitioners of life cultivation, we simplify our practice so that we will live a healthy, happy, and active life without illness, and without much effort and money.

We put great emphasis on our emotional state which we call mind cultivation. We strive to achieve a balanced mental state. We use several techniques to reach this goal, chief among them is the tuna technique, the jingzuo technique, and the ruding technique. The western culture identifies this as simply meditation. Therefore, you may look upon ruding as a special way to do meditation.

The main purpose of ruding is to improve our experience of meditation. Traditionally, we are asked to do several things to achieve this state of meditation.

First of all, we must take this matter of meditation very seriously. We must look upon our practice location as a very sacred place. We must think of the meditation space as a very holy place.

When we practice meditation, we should not do anything during that time. We should then clear our brain and achieve a state of emptiness. All we do is to sit there without moving, inhale and exhale. We learn to focus our mind and attention. The sole purpose is to achieve total concentration, and we will be aware of our own existence more and more.

We must also be aware that at that moment we are at a very special place where we are sitting, breathing, thinking, and feeling. The more we notice when we are distracted, the more we can see our simple side.

This type of training will amplify our attention and consciousness which will lead to other experiences once we get into the state of ruding. We will see their functions especially during a state of emergency.

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  • What to do after ruding?

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Mustang Jingzuo Technique Basics II

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As practitioners of life cultivation, and we belong to the Carefree Sect, we do not generally follow a strict plan on meditation. However, if you want to follow the tradition, then you should plan about how long you have to meditate. Before you start meditation, you should plan your time for meditation. Most senior meditators recommend meditation twice a day for twenty minutes; but for beginners, you can start five minutes a day.

The way we practitioners of life cultivation do it, we will meditate until we feel good, or until we feel tired of it. When we start to waver from our meditation and think about random thoughts, our loved ones, the books we have read, the videos we have watched, the cooking preparations we have to do, then we should give up meditation and do whatever is in our mind.

If you follow the tradition, you should meditate at a fixed time every day. You may choose to meditate for fifteen minutes upon waking up in the morning. You may choose to meditate for five minutes during the lunch break. No matter what time period you choose, you should make meditation a fixed part of your daily routine.

However, as practitioners of life cultivation, we do not usually follow the traditional advice. Of course, once we practice, we tend to follow the routines because we are animals of habit. As carefree persons, we do not see the advantages of turning ourselves into robots.

Once we have decided to meditate according to a time schedule, then we should stick to it. We do not give up because we see no immediate result. We should rethink the story of Yugong Moving The Hill. In order to reap benefits from meditation, it requires a long period of continuous practice. If you are a beginner, just persist.

If you join Mustang Life Cultivation Club, we will offer you one hundred dollars if you persist.

Somehow a modern man works around a clock. He likes the constraint of time. He wants to start and finish a routine on time and he feels uneasy if he cannot follow it.

As practitioners of life cultivation, we want you to get rid of that thought. It is unnatural. You are trained by your work factory to follow a time schedule because it is to its benefit for you to do so. It is not beneficial to you.

As a retired or soon to be retired person, you are now free from the shackles. We will show you how to remove the shackles once you join Mustang Life Cultivation Club and live a carefree life.

Therefore, when you practice meditation, do not use a stopwatch, and it is best not to look at the time repeatedly. Do not even set a soft alarm clock to remind you that time is up. You will know for yourself when to end the meditation session when you follow our way in life cultivation practice.

Traditionally, you will be advised to end the meditation based on an event, such as when your partner gets up, or the sun’s spot just falls on a certain point on the wall.

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04 Stretching exercise

Because meditation requires a period of rest in a place, it is best to minimize tension and fatigue in all parts of the body before sitting down. Taking a few minutes to do some stretching exercises will help us to relax our body and mind and prepare for the next meditation. This can also help us to relax our mind while meditating, rather than focusing on one or two sore joints and muscles.

For those of us who have been sitting in front of a computer for a long time, we will stretch our neck, shoulders and back. For those of us who take a lotus position to meditate, we will pay attention to relaxing our legs, especially the inner thighs.

Refer to Mustang Shenzhan Technique to choose from a wide variety of stretching exercises to achieve the goal.

05 Choose a comfortable sitting position

As mentioned earlier, it is important for us to relax our body during meditation, so we should find the one position that suits us the best. The traditional way of meditation is to put a mat on the floor and then sit on it in a lotus position or a half lotus position.

As practitioners of life cultivation, most of us are seniors, and we will find that our legs, hips, and back are now very stiff. We will need to work hard to keep our waist in the lotus position and keep it right.

Therefore, some of us will choose a natural position that we call Five-mountain-up-the-sky. Keeping in mind to move our center of gravity up and back. This position will not require us to sit on a mat, chair or meditation chair.

Our pelvis should be tilted forward slightly so that the spine is just above the center of the thigh bone at both ends, which is between the two points that support our body weight. To maintain the correct pelvic position, we can sit on the front of a thick mat such as a mattress. We can also choose to sit on a chair, putting a 7.6-10.2 cm thick padding under the two hind legs of the chair to tilt the chair forward.

The so-called meditation chair is usually such a chair with a certain angle. If our chair is level, place something under the back of the chair and let it tilt forward 1.3-2.5 cm.

In order to achieve the most relaxed position so that we can do jingzuo (sitting meditation) for a long period of time, we have to learn how to lean our pelvis the right way. We start from the perineum and gradually adjust each vertebrae of our spine until each section is just right in the upper part of the other section, supporting the weight of our body, neck and head.

If we feel where the muscles are tense, we should try to relax them. If we cannot relax when we are sitting upright, then we need to realign our spine and correct our body position so that we feel relaxed.

A beginner may need to practice a few more times to find a position that will allow him to relax his muscles, until he can easily maintain his body position.
The most important point is to make us feel comfortable, relaxed, and upright, so that our spine supports the weight above the waist.

Traditional meditation gestures include placing our hands on overlapping legs with the palms facing up and the right hand over the left hand. However, we can also let our hands naturally rest on your knees or hang on our side, as we like.

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06 Close your eyes

We can meditate with our eyes open or closed. However, as beginners, it is better to close our eyes loosely to shut out environmental interference. It also helps us to concentrate on our meditation activity.

Once we are used to meditation, we may then try to meditate with our eyes opened. This will help those who tend to fall asleep while meditating with closed eyes. This will also help those who tend to be too focused while meditating with closed eyes. This will also help those who tend to see annoying images while meditating with closed eyes.

Once we do meditation with open eyes, we have to learn to empty our mind while meditating. That means we will not want to focus our mind on one particular object around us. However, do not overdo it. Do not fall into a trance. Remember, the purpose of meditation is for us to feel relaxed but awake.

Now we have done our preparation for meditation. Next we will go into meditation itself. If you have difficulty following the preparation, just forget it and go into meditation right away. Who cares?

Now we go.

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Mustang Tuina Technique Qiyang

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The Qiyang set of tuina, or massage applies to the whole body practiced in the morning so that we will feel energized the whole day.

In a previous article, we have discussed massage applied to the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and face. Here we will continue to discuss massage applied to the neck, the chest, the hand, the waist, and the legs and feet. We will also cover the topic of massage of the scalp.

Now let us move to learn about the practice of Qiyang, the awakening of the things that are positive. It is easy to practice. It takes only ten minutes per session. It will benefit our body and mind. We will waste no energy.

Here we go.

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06 Massage of the Neck

1 Rub your palms until warm.

2 First massage the front of your neck. Spread the fingers of your left palm and place it on the top of your front neck, with the thumb pointing to the left and the fingers to the right. Move your palm from top to bottom to massage thirty six times. Now switch to the right palm and repeat for thirty six times.

3 Now massage the back of the neck. Spread the fingers of your right palm and place it on top of the back neck, with fingers close. Move the palm from top to bottom to massage thirty six times. Now switch to the left palm and repeat for thirty six times.

4 It will improve blood and energy circulation to the neck. It will improve your stiff neck.

07 Massage of the chest

1 Rub your palms until warm.

2 Place the palms of both hands on the left and right chests.

3 Press down and do circular motions so that the left and right chests have the feeling of vibration. Do it thirty six times.

4 It will improve the chest, lungs and respiratory system.

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08 Massage of the hands

1 Rub your palms until warm.

2 Use your right palm to massage the back of your left hand thirty six times.

3 Use your left palm to massage the back of your right hand thirty six times.

4 Hold your left wrist with your right hand and turn the wrist to massage the wrist for thirty six times.

5 Hold your right wrist with your left hand and turn the wrist to massage the wrist for thirty six times.

6 It will improve the flexibility of the hands and wrists and the liver.

09 Massage of the waist

1 Rub your palms until warm.

2 Expose your waist so it is naked.

3 Place your palms on the back of the waist and massage thirty six times.

4 Alternatively, you may use your knuckles for massage instead of your palm. You have to use force to massage for this particular movement.

5 It helps to improve your back, waist, and kidney.

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10 Massage of the legs

1 Sit on a chair.

2 Rub your palms until warm.

3 Place your palms on your knees. Massage the knees with circular motion for thirty six times.

4 Next, use your hands to find an outside point 2.5 inches below your knees. You can see that the muscle at this point is slightly depressed. Also you will feel pain if you apply force to the point. Rub the points for thirty six times. You may use your thumbs to apply force to the points thirty times instead of rubbing.

5 It will improve your walking stamina.

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11 Massage of the scalp

1 Use a wooden comb to comb your hair eighty one times. Make sure the comb does not have sharp points to injure the scalp.

2 Make sure the comb is touching the scalp. The main aim is to stimulate the scalp, not just to comb the hair.

3 Do this in the morning when combing your hair.

4 As an alternative, you may use the thumbs to massage the scalp for thirty six times. However, it is much easier to use a comb instead.

5 You may also do the scalp massage when you are shampooing. Some beauty salons offer such massages. Take the offer.

6 This technique will stimulate the scalp. Blood and energy will flow to the head. It will help to wake up the body so that the person will feel energetic. Graying of the hair will be reduced.

Do the massage in a relaxed mood. Do not think about things to be finished. Do not think random thoughts. Think about it as the only thing that is worth doing at that moment. Do it with focus. Then you will reap the intended benefits.

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Mustang Tuina Technique Qiyang

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The Qiyang set of tuina, or massage applies to the whole body practiced in the morning so that we will feel energized the whole day.

Our mind and eye sights will be sharp. We will be able to read the fine prints on the food label. We will be able to pursue a game on our mobile phone.

Our hearing will be superb and we will hear the noise from the street even if we detest it. On the other hand, we can hear the birds chirping on tree tops.

Our taste of food will be excellent and we will feel hungry. Now there is no reason for us to skip our breakfast.

We will smell the fragrant flowers in the morning. Unfortunately we will also smell the stench from dog droppings.

Now let us move to learn about the practice of Qiyang, the awakening of the things that are positive. It is easy to practice. It takes only ten minutes per session. It will benefit our body and mind. We will waste no energy.

Here we go.

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01 Massage of the eyes

  1. Rub your middle fingers together so that they become warm. It is easier to rub your palms together.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Apply your middle fingers to the lower portion of your eyes and move sideways, starting from the nose and moving to the outside. Massage eighteen times.
  4. Apply your middle fingers to the upper portion of your eyes and move sideways, starting from the nose and moving to the outside. Massage eighteen times.
  5. Apply sufficient force to massage the rim but not too strong to hurt the eye balls.
  6. Upon finishing, do not open your eyes just yet. Apply the thumbs to the temple of the head and make small circular movements thirty six times.
  7. Open your eyes after one minute.

It helps to increase blood and energy circulation surrounding the eyes. It tends to improve vision.

How do you breathe when you are doing this exercise?
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2 Massage of the ears

  1. Rub your palms until they are warm.
  2. Use your index finger and middle finger to hold the earlobe, pulling and rubbing upwards and downwards thirty six times.
  3. Upon finishing pulling, use the palms to cover the ears, fingers extending to the back of your head. Put your index finger on top of your middle finger and give them a twing for thirty six times. You will hear a sound inside your ears. If you do not hear any sound, that side of your ears has a hearing problem.

Alternatively, you may also cover your ears with your palms and push on your ears. As you push the air inside your ears, you will help a sound. Do this for thirty six times.

By the way, you should also clean the inside of your ears periodically. The building up of the wax inside your ears may reduce your hearing.

This practice will help to improve your hearing.

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03 Massage of the nose

  1. Rub your palms until warm.
  2. Place the middle and index fingers along the sides of your nose. Move the fingers up and down along the nose ridge massaging the nose for thirty six times.
  3. Blow your nose. Blow the left side of your nose nine times. Then blow the right side of your nose nine times. At last, blow both sides of your nose one time forcefully. Clean the inside of your nose if needed.
  4. Remember the breathing technique.
  5. It helps to improve the smelling function of your nose.
  6. It also helps with any discomfort related to the nose such as sinus problems.

04 Massage of the mouth

  1. Rub your palms until warm.
  2. Use your right hand. Place the index finger above the upper lip and the middle finger below the lower lip. Move them left and right to massage eighteen times.
  3. Now use your left hand to do the same thing eighteen times.
  4. Upon finishing, close your mouth to line up the teeth. Move the jaw up and down so that your rows of teeth touch against each other. Do it thirty six times.
  5. It helps to firm up the teeth.
  6. You still have to do regular tooth brushing and use mouthwash to keep your mouth clean to prevent tooth decay.

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05 Massage of the face

  1. Rub your palms until warm.
  2. Place your palms and fingers on each side of the face, fingers pointing to the inside. Move the hands up and down rubbing the face thirty six times.
  3. Alternatively, you may use a hand towel to rub your face instead of your palms. We prefer the palms because it exercises the palms at the same time.
  4. It will increase blood circulation. It will get rid of capillary waste. It will reduce wrinkles. It will prevent the growth of pimples and freckles.

The remaining topics are massage of the neck, massage of the chest, massage of the hands, massage of the waist, massage of the legs and feet, and massage of the scalp. To read the full article, subscribe to our Mustang BodyWorks Infoletter series.

If you do it everyday, once in the morning and once in the evening, you will reap certain benefits. It will increase your blood circulation. It will beautify your face. It will reduce freckles. It will increase your energy circulation with active muscles and bones. You will become more fit.

Do it in a relaxed mood. Do not think about things to be finished. Do not think random thoughts. Think about it as the only thing that is worth doing at that moment. Do it with focus. Then you will reap the intended benefits.

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The Art of Tuna Breathing Variations

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John: Before I leave the topic of Stage One of Energy Circulation, I want to touch on the posture of our body while lying in bed doing the exercise.

Mark: What is the correct posture?

John: We practitioners of life cultivation have our own preferences and inventions. One of my friends will curve his legs so that the heels of his feet will touch each other. He will stretch his arms above his head with his fingers intertwined. Then he will start to practice Mustang Tuna Technique Stage One.

Mark: What is the difference between this posture compared with straight tights and legs?

John: This posture essentially shortens the distance between circulation. You have to try it to feel it. In our practice, we try in order to learn and feel to improve.

Mark: I get it.

John: Once I have mastered Stage One of Energy Circulation for Rejuvenation of the body, I will practice Stage Two.

Mark: How long does it take to master Stage One of Mustang Tuna Technique?

John: For most practitioners of life cultivation, it takes at least one hundred days to master the technique. Some take six months.

Robin: How many stages are there?

John: Stage Two is simple. When I take in enough air to the abdomen, I swallow hard.

Robin: What do you swallow?

John: I swallow my own saliva.

Mark: Why do you do that?

Robin: I just try. My mouth is dry. I do not have enough saliva for me to swallow.

John: The act of deeply swallowing my saliva will strengthen my small back. It will straighten out my spinal cord at the position. It will chase away any back pain eventually.

Robin: Yes, I can feel that the act is pulling on my small back.

John: This is Stage Two of Energy Circulation for rejuvenation of my body.

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Foods for Brain

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There are certain foods that are rumored to be good for the brain. The believers feed their child with these particular foods, hoping that the child will be more intelligent and perform better in school.

As practitioners of life cultivation, we hope that dementia will strike us later rather than sooner, so we also eat these foods to improve our brain function.

No matter what you believe, try the foods. The foods are good in themselves, regardless of their brain function.

Fish

It is recommended that we eat fish more than twice a week, 50 grams each time, especially for DNA-rich fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel. It functions to strengthen the brain and prevent memory loss. Fish oil contains DNA, which is a very important component in nerve cell membranes. It can maintain the nerve conduction function and normal operation of the brain, help brain cells transport nutrients and clean up waste.

Walnut

It is recommended that we consume 3-5 walnuts a day but not more because it contains high vegetable fat which may be harmful to blood circulation. Its function is to prevent arteriosclerosis, makes arterial thrombosis not easy to form, increases arterial elasticity, and expands blood vessels when it is necessary to increase blood flow.

Longan

It is a fruit in Spring and Summer. Otherwise, we may buy it in dried form called guiyuan. Guiyuan can be consumed as a snack or used in cooking. It is recommended that we consume it once a week. Its function is to replenish the mind, nourish blood and benefit the spleen.

Pigeon

It is a bird, in the same class as a chicken. It is recommended that we eat it once a week. It contains protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and has a good effect on maternal and elderly people. It is particularly suitable for mental workers, night shift workers, and neurasthenia.

Fungus (Flammulina)

It is recommended that we eat it once a week. It is easy to cook, easy to eat, and easy to digest. It is rich in nutrients. It helps with our health and longevity, lowers blood pressure, strengthens body immunity. It is especially suitable for the elderly.

Yam

It is recommended that we eat it once a week. When eating, do not wash off the mucus. The mucous protein contained in it functions to prevent fat deposits in the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems, maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, and prevent atherosclerosis. It is especially suitable for the elderly people. It comes in different colors. Which color is best for you?

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  • Foods for high blood pressure
  • Foods and seasonal changes

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Mustang Shenzhan Technique Practice Advice

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Many Chinese medical practitioners recommend Chinese style stretching exercises which we refer to as Shenzhan Technique. Mustang Shenzhan Technique will not only shape the body, it will also regenerate the internal organs. Mustang Shenzhan Technique conforms to the principles of Chinese medicine. It will strengthen both the body shape and vital energy.

The basic course that we recommend for beginners of life cultivation is named Taiji Cloudhand and Catwalk. It is the beginning movement of the Taiji Modality of Mustang Shenzhan Technique.

We hereby offer some practical advice for some of the modalities included in Mustang Shenzhan Technique. You may want to revisit this Article once you run into difficulty when you actually practice some of the exercises to solve your problems.

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Practice Advice General

More and more people realize the importance of exercise, but strenuous exercise may not be a good choice for some, especially seniors and weak people. Some people may not be in the condition for jogging when they just start exercising. Therefore, you should be careful in choosing the right kind of stretching exercise for your body condition.

A good way to exercise should consume the least amount of vital energy, which not only strengthens the body, but also nourishes the five vital internal organs. Baduanjin, Taiji Cloudhand and catwalk, Wuqinxi, and Bone Cultivation Modality are good choices.

Baduanjin focuses on exercising the viscera; Bone Cultivation focuses on exercising the ligaments and bones; Wuqinxi focuses on exercising the heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys, muscles and bones; Taiji Cloudhand and Catwalk focus on solidly practicing the basic skills of Taiji.

Beware that breathing is a very important part in Mustang Shenzhan Technique. Otherwise, our technique will be similar to the popular broadcasting exercises which do not yield much benefits.

As you practice our repertoire of stretching exercises, you will notice that the movement may be different, the benefits may be different, but there are also many similarities.

Practice Advice Environment

Ideally you should practice everyday, whether you do it indoors or outdoors. As you exercise, you will sweat more, so you should wear a towel around your neck and to clean your sweat while you are away from the wind to avoid getting a cold from the wind. If the weather is very windy and you sweat a lot, then you should not practice in the wind.

You may practice Mustang Shenzhan Technique anytime during the day. You may practice early in the morning before breakfast. However, if you feel dizzy or uneasy then you should have your food first before practicing. You should rest a while after a meal before you exercise.

If you are a beginner just starting on the Mustang Shenzhan Technique, you should breathe through your nose instead of your mouth so you act naturally with your movement. Once you are familiar with the movement, then you may consider modifying your breathing so that your breath and body will act as one.

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Practice Advice Differences

When you are choosing which modality to learn within the Mustang Shenzhan Technique, you have to consider your own body condition together with what the modality requires.

Taiji, Baduanjin, and Wuqinxi, compared with Zhanzhuang (Stance), force you to stretch your body more. Taiji is more complex and is best learned with a personal trainer. Baduanjin and Wuqinxi both focus on stretching and are very good for your bones and muscle. You may choose either one. You will reap the benefits if you persist.

Practice Advice Knee Pain

When you practice the Baduanjin, Wuqinxi, or Taiji, you may feel knee pain because they involve prolonged squatting. There are several reasons for this pain:

  • You may have overbent your knees.
  • You may not have relaxed enough, that you try the movement while your joints are still rigid, leading to injury when you exercise.
  • You have over exercised.
  • You make mistakes when you turn. The angle of turning is too large, forcing your knee to turn off in the wrong direction.
  • You may have an old injury from before.
  • Growth. As you practice, your body issues are undergoing a change from old to new, very similar to your natural change of teeth.

It is recommended that you pay attention to the correct posture, keep your knees in the same direction as your toes as much as possible, and do not allow the center of gravity to be too low to cause the knees to overbend. Adjust the intensity and duration of the exercise according to your own situation, and be sure to warm up before the exercise.

If the knee pain is aggravated, it is recommended that you take a break and apply heat to the knees, soles, and waist to circulate yang energy to protect the knees. If the knee joint is critically injured or is hot and swollen, apply ice first and then heat, and then stop your practice for a while for it to recover.

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Practice Advice Squatting

What’s the point of squatting? How do you complete the movement if the knee is painful or noisy?

First, you should stand upright and not lean forward or backward. You may face the mirror sideways to observe whether your movements are leaning forward or backward. You may also feel to see whether your center of gravity is slightly outside the center of the sole of the feet. If the center of gravity is on the forefeet or rear heel, then your body has forward and backward leaning.

Second, the center of gravity should be evenly distributed on both feet, not on one foot or the other.

Third, your knees should always be in the direction of the toes during the squatting and rising process. Do not throw the knees.

As a beginner in learning Mustang Shenzhan Technique, you should pay attention to the above three points. On this basis, you may adjust the distance between your feet and the movement speed according to the strength of your legs. If you feel it is very difficult, you may stand with your feet closer and adjust your speed to be slightly faster. After you have strengthened your legs, you may then gradually widen the distance between your feet and slow down the movement speed.

It is normal for beginners to have knee pain and noise. Once you pay attention to the points indicated above and proceed step by step then you should have reduced the pain. If you have severe knee pain, you should rest.

When squatting, it feels like the weight is on your knees, especially when you are getting up. You have done something wrong.

If you feel that the weight is on your knees when you squat, then you are leaning forward. One possibility is that your legs are not strong enough. You may adjust your feet to stand closer, or stop for a while at the critical point where you cannot squat further, and then slowly get up. Do not force yourself to squat to the end, beyond the bearing range of your legs.

Another possibility is that you have an incorrect posture. Then you will not find the feeling of squatting while standing upright. For correction, you may try to find a railing, hold the railing with both hands to assist your squat while keeping your body upright. Or you may ask someone to observe from the side to remind you whether you are standing upright while squatting. You may also practice squatting with your back against a wall to strengthen your legs.

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Mustang Jingzuo Technique Basics

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How to meditate

The Mustang Jingzuo Technique is our proprietary form of meditation that has been modified for our life cultivation practice. You can learn it easily. You will manage it by daily practice. It is as easy as one two three.

The purpose of the Mustang Jingzuo Technique is to concentrate and relax the mind, and finally achieve a clearer control of our self-consciousness and calmness in our mind. Contrary to popular belief, you can practice our technique anywhere, anytime, no matter how noisy around you, and you can get peace and peace of yourself. This article will introduce you to the basics of meditation and lead you to this self-enlightenment.

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Preparation

Although we can practice Mustang Jingzuo Technique in any form anywhere, it is best for a beginner to choose a quiet environment to start the process. If you perform Meditation in a quiet and peaceful place, you will be able to concentrate on meditation without being disturbed by external factors. Whether you want to meditate for five minutes or half an hour, find a place where you won’t be disturbed during meditation. This place doesn’t have to be big, a cloakroom or your office is a good choice, but make sure it’s a completely private space during your meditation.

For beginners, avoiding external interference is especially important. Turn off your TV, cell phone, and other devices that may make noise. If you want to listen to music, then choose quiet, soft, and repetitive music to ensure your concentration.

A cheap way is to unscrew the faucet a little. The continuous flow of water can calm you down.

One thing you need to understand is that meditation does not require a completely silent environment, so you do not have to wear earplugs. The roar of the mower outside and the barks of the dog next door will not prevent the meditation from proceeding effectively. In fact, being aware of these noises and learning to ignore them and focus on meditation is an important part of successful meditation.

Preparation

For many people, meditation outdoors is a good choice, as long as you don’t sit on a busy street or in other extremely noisy places. You can choose to sit under a tree or on your favorite lawn in the garden.
Wear comfortable clothes. One of the purposes of meditation is to smother foreign objects, calm the mind, and tight clothes will only make you feel uncomfortable. It is best to meditate in loose clothing and remember to take off your shoes.

If the weather is rather cold, then wear a sweater or cardigan. If the clothes are not warm enough, the idea of coldness will bug you. It will exhaust you. Then you will have to interrupt your meditation.

If you are in the office or other inconvenient place for dressing, then make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Take off your shoes and suit, unbutton the shirt collar, and loosen the belt.

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Mustang Tuina Technique General

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The Mustang Tuina Technique is equivalent to the Western Massage Technique, but more.

Here, as practitioners of life cultivation, we group together some particular techniques that are useful to our practice, and we call them Mustang Tuina Technique. It is not one particular technique, but a set of external application techniques that we group together based on their functions.

This set of techniques will include external treatment techniques such as
Acupressure massage technique
Acupuncture technique
Moxibustion technique
Cupping technique
Scraping technique
Meridian protocol
Paida and Lajin technique
knocking the gallbladder meridian technique
Rubbing abdomen technique
Ear acupoints technique
Bone setting technique
And many others

We, as practitioners of life cultivation, do not employ all of the above techniques for our health. In fact, we need to visit the professional technicians to use some of the techniques.

Instead, we usually employ some of the techniques that we can learn and apply to ourselves. The one we use the most often is the acupressure massage technique for regular body maintenance. Sometimes we use it to treat our body discomfort. Therefore, we talk about using this technique in many places when we think it is beneficial for us to use it.

Techniques such as taichi, zhanzhuang, wind pendulum willow and similar techniques are classified by us under Mustang Shenzhan Technique. We employ these techniques for body fitness.

Techniques such as meditation are classified by us under Mustang Jingzuo Technique and Mustang Ruding Technique. We employ these techniques for mind cultivation, for the benefits of the mind and emotion.

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