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茶熏得气 Tea Steaming and Recharge the Qi

智娜老师 Master Zhi Na

一、 静心放松 Calm down and relax

++++1. 坐姿 Sitting posture: |

Key:稳固、舒适 firm and comfortable

There are several different kinds of sitting postures which could be used during practicing tea yoga:
lotus position (双盘,单盘,散盘);
sitting on the chair with both legs putting on the floor (正坐在椅子上)
How to sit cross legged:

++++2. 身体放松 Relax your body |

After sitting well in a position that suitable for you, you relax every part in your body consciously from your head to your toes. You pay attention to a particular body part, and if you realize it is in a tension, then relax that part purposely. In this way, you make every part of your body relaxed. During the whole process of tea yoga, you keep this kind of relaxed status.

++++3. 意识放松 Relax your mind |

Let the mind be relaxed, not in a tension, but not undisciplined nor let it go either. Just put away all the other thoughts and botherings, and keep your mind clear and concentrate.


++++4. 呼吸放松 Relax your breathing|

Deep breathing involves slow and deep inhalation through the nose, followed by slow and complete exhalation. While breath in, the lower abdomen bulge out, while breath out, the lower abdomen comes in. It’s important to breathe naturally, rather than doing it deliberately, you could train yourself get used to it and let it become the natural way of breathing:

Rub your two hands and make them warm, put the left hand on your chest and the right on your abdomen. When you take a breath in, your right hand rise higher, and the left hand keep still. When you exhale, the right hand comes in and the left hand keeps still. In general, exhalation should be a little bit longer inhalation.

See more about breathing exercise:

二、 放茶倒水 Put in tea and pour the water

1. 掌心茶叶 Put the tea in the palm
2. 碗里茶叶 Put the tea into the tea bowl
3. 碗里倒水 Pour the boiling water into the tea bowl
4. 茶水融汇 Tea and the water combined in one

++++Key: let the body and heart get in connection with the tea, correspond with each other in harmony|

It is a practice with spirituality in the details. Focus is the beginning of the spiritual essence of what may seem to be an ordinary job. Every step is crucial to our experience. One cannot get connection with the tea without being sincere to it.

三、 调息熏气 Breathing in correspond with tea steaming

++++1. 布盖头部 Cover the head with the cloth|

Gently cover the towel onto your head.
++++2. 两肘撑肩 Support the shoulders with the two elbows|

Let the head and cervical vertebrae form a horizontal line, while thoracic vertebrae and lumber vertebrae form an oblique line. Make this gesture comfortable for yourself.
++++3. 脸碗相应 Connect the face with the tea bowl|

Gradually lower your head and adapt yourself to the temperature of the tea, but don’t force yourself to lower down the face too much — natural is the best.
While you could gradually adapt to the temperature of the steam, gently put your chin on the rim of the tea bowl, but just touch it, please do not put your weight onto it.
++++4. 盖巾相应 Match the towel with the head and the tea bowl|

Use your hands to pull the towel, make it cover the whole head and shoulder so that keep the warmth of the tea water. Put your forehead close to the tea bowl. While the temperature of tea water become lower, use the two hands to hold on the tea bowl, and feel the warm from the tea bowl coming into the whole part of your body.
++++5. 呼吸相应 Breathing meditation in corresponds with the tea|

Breath is at the center of our experience. We cannot live without air, we can do nothing without breath. The master of breath —Qi in Chinese — tell us that all life is energy, and all energy is of the breath. It so happens that tea facial steaming is a way of the breathing meditation.

When the hot tea steam comes up to the face, you connect yourself with the tea steam through breathing. Use the nose to breath. Breathe in, slowly and deeply, focus your mind on the Qi that comes in, and percept that the Qi of tea come into the inside of your body, flowing smoothly and naturally; Breath out, without any minds, just feel that hot tea steam touch your face, feel warm and comfortable. Breathe in and breathe out, naturally and fluently. Focus your mind on the beautiful tea fragrance and the warm tea steam. Your whole body and minds are fully connected with the tea.

When the Qi of the tea come into the inner side of the body, it helps to open your acupuncture points and channels, clearing blockages and releasing the negative Qi, and the fresh Qi recharged. During the whole process, you are relaxed and become more aware of your body and breath.

It helps to calm our mind and spirit. It helps improving the blood circulation, and let the Qi in the body flow smoothly. In Chinese traditional medicine, when Qi is strong and could go smoothly inside the body, illness will go. The tea steam also stimulates the organisms to balance themselves, and improve the Immune system. And Tea could help to excrete the heavy metal elements inside the body.

In addition, it’s also good for the facial skin.

++++6. 退身直椎 return to the original place and straight the the spine |
There are three steps in this process:

1) Before moving your body, be conscious of and tell yourself that this process is coming to the end.
2) Breath in, and then breath out. While breathe out, your head leaves the tea bowl: firstly move forward your cervical vertebrae, let the chin leave the tea bowl, and then move backward the cervical vertebrae and let your body return to the original sitting position and straight the spine.
3) Put the hands on DANTIAN acupuncture point, which is three cun (寸)—the width of your four fingers (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) when you close them together— below the navel.
++++7. 全身呼吸:Whole body breathing |

Put the left palm upon the lower abdomen, and fold the right hand on the back of the left hand
Feel that the Qi from the hand interact and exchange with the Qi from the TIANTIAN, the Qi and blood of your whole body is flowing smoothly and fluently, you feel comfortable and free.
Breath in: use the nose to breath. While breathing, pull back HUI YIN, lower abdomen, and the ribs at the two sides; then lift your chest, and breathe naturally.
Note: relax the shoulders, don’t be tense.

Hold the breath: after breathing in then hold the breath for 3-8 seconds.

Breathe out: while breathing out, let the tough touch the palate, the upper and lower incisors touch with each other gently, and the lips slightly separate.

Repeat such process for 3 times.

四、 挺胸补脑 Raise head, chest out, and recharge the head

++++1. 掌心搓手 Rub the hands with gentleness and kindness in heart|
Use the energy of kindness, not the energy of force
++++2. 拇指相应 Correspond the fingers of the two hands|
After stop rubbing the hands, firstly let the middle fingers touch each other;
then separate the hands from the proximal end of the palm;
then cross the middle fingers, with one hand in the front and the other behind;
then cross the ring fingers, index finger, little finger one by one, meanwhile the thumbs touch each other.
Uplift the elbow, until the crossed fingers have touched the back of the hands. It’s a natural process.
++++3. 额头相应 Correspond hands with forehead|
Imagine there is a invisible line between the thumbs and the middle point of the hair line. Your thumbs follow this line to get closer to the forehead, until your thumbs gently touche the hair line.
++++4. 掌头相应 Correspond hands with the top of the head|
Let the thumbs follow the middle line of your head to go towards the posterior direction until your little fingers also touch the head. Let the inner side your palms be hollow, as your palms do not really touch the head.
++++5. 掌椎相应 Correspond the hands with the vertebra |
When the thumbs coming through the BAI HUI acupuncture point, straighten the lumber vertebra, thoracic vertebra, and then cervical vertebra one after the other, and let the head come back to the middle point.
++++6. 掌心抬头 Rest the hind brain upon the hands|
Move the hands downward while still touching the head, when the palms come to the hindbrain, keep the lumber vertebra still, and rest your head on the two hands gently.!:)
++++7. 长长呼吸 Breathing deeply |
Breath out deeply, open your chest, and separate the shoulders backward, and the upper part of the body slightly lean backward.
Keep this posture for 1-3 min.

五、 运气开眼 Transport Qi and open the eyes

++++1. 打开双手 Open the two hands|
First you should be conscious that this process is coming to an end and I am going to the next process.
Keep still, focus on the thumbs, and then let the two thumbs firstly separate, while the hands are still touching on the head. Let the two hands come down from the two sides, then focus on the two index fingers, and let the two crossed index fingers separate slowly, until the points of the two index fingers touch each other.
++++2. 手指运气 Transport Qi with the hands|
Let the two hands slide downward to your neck. While the index fingers separate, the two middle fingers touch each other at DAZHUI acupuncture point. Then two middle fingers separate, and focus the mind onto all the fingers. Then the two hands sliding down along the two sides of the neck, to the chest, and the two middle fingers touch each other. Focus your mind onto the two middle fingers. Keep the two elbows in the level position, do not let them go down.
3. 掌心运气 Transport Qi with the palms

4. 掌丹相应 Correspond the palms with Dian Tian
5. 全身呼吸 Whole body breathing
6. 运气开眼 Transport Qi and open the eyes

六、 饮茶净化 Drink the tea and purify yourself

1. 心水相应 Connect the tea and the heart
2. 手碗相应 Connect the hand with the tea bowl
3. 直椎碗上 Straighten the spine and lean upon the tea bowl
4. 唇碗相应 Connect the lips to the rim of the tea bowl
5. 水口相应 Connect the tea water with the mouth
6. 甘露净化 Purify the body with the nectar
7. 茶碗放下 Put down the tea bowl
8. 全身呼吸三次 Do three times of whole body breathing

七、 还归原处 Return to the original place