“Visual Meditation” (Photo: Ashton Graham)

While Qi (pronounced “Chee”) is familiar to an acupuncturist, not everyone has experienced it, and western medicine has not completely embraced it. Traditional Chinese medicine defines Qi as an energy current that runs through your body. Eastern maps of the body identify four ways to stimulate that energy flow: acupuncture, acupressure, direct awareness and breathwork.

After beginning a practice of yin yoga (which changes one’s connective tissues) years ago, I have become a believer in energy maps in the body. I have experienced the benefits of my own Qi flow through my meridians. What’s a meridian? Traditional Chinese medicine defines meridians as a set of pathways or channels that form a network in the body along which energy (Qi) flows. Blocked Qi can cause pain, illness and disease. The meridians vary and they