Tonifying is the opposite of purging. After we’ve released old energy, we direct our intention to bring in new energy, as well as strengthening the Qi that is already within us.
To bring in new energy, we often connect to the sources of Qi that constantly surround us. For example, in the Five Elements practices, we seek to find nourishment from the natural world and learn from its wisdom. Similarly, in the Three Treasures, we connect to the energies of the earth, nature, and of the universe to cultivate strength and vitality in our body, emotions, and mind.
In addition to bringing Qi into our beings, tonifying exercises also help us to strengthen the energy that is already inside.