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Mark Foote
Post title: Reverse breathing
(Nov 2 2010 at 08:33 PM)

Reverse breathing: the ilio-lumbar ligaments (yellow) engage in the movement of breath.

The autonomic respirations coordinate through the place of occurrence of consciousness (illustrated with a gyroscope) to cause action that opens the nerve channels between vertebrae; thus, the place that consciousness occurs has impact and

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Mark Foote
Post title: Response to Chunyi Lin interview, on Tao Bums
(Oct 30 2010 at 02:01 PM)

I am an amateur at Tai-Chi, and at sitting the full lotus, and at being a "love radiator" as Chunyi Lin puts it, yet even an amateur can say that we have two struggles here: one is to heal ourselves, which is how the interview opens, and the other is to find the words and actions to communicate the means of healing to others.

Even though we are talking about "unproveable" realities, I believe we can find a Western vocabulary to describe relationships that demonstrate these realities exist. T

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Mark Foote
Post title: isolating the motion of the sacrum
(Oct 22 2010 at 11:28 PM)

In my experience, the lotus is about isolating the motion of the sacrum. I like John Upledger's explanation of that motion, based on his own research and the theories of cranial-sacral osteopathy: the skull bones, the spine, and the sacrum flex and extend with changes in the fluid volume of the dural fluid (ten cycles a minute, Upledger says here: An Interview with Dr. John Upledger, D.O., O.M.M.).

Isolating the motion of the sacrum is imp

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