Shibashi : 8. Gazing at the Moon

Gaze at the moon to trim waist and hips

 

Movement (repeat six times to both sides)

  1. stand in starting posture as if holding a ball in front of you
  2. shift weight from right to left as you swivel torso from right to left
  3. lift your arms from right to left as if looking at the moon between your hands
  4. breath in as you rotate the spine
  5. breath out as you drop your arms in front of your pelvis

 

swivel at the waist as you gaze behind you at the moon between your hands
swivel at the waist as you gaze behind you at the moon between your hands

Tip

(a) When you look to the left, keeping your right heel on the ground will give you a greater sense of body lengthening

or

(b) Keeping your right heel on the ground will increase the rotation of the spine

Its your choice.  Either one is good

Health benefits:

  • it stimulates blood circulation – taking oxygen and nutrients all over the body
  • the movement tonifies the spleen channel – lifting your spirit
  • the liver and gall bladder channels are slightly stretched – moves and smooths the flow of Qi through waist and hips supporting upward movement of Qi

Psychological reflection:

  1. the lifting and holding function of the spleen is activated, giving you the feeling of being supported and this balances your emotions ( like a feel good “pill”)
  2. it is a great opportunity as you move from side to side looking at the moon. Look at things in your life differently, look for new opportunities (allow the positive attitude of change into your life)
Visualize the silhouette of this moon between your hands
Visualize the silhouette of this moon between your hands

Focus:

Keep your attention on Laogong (pericardium 8 in the middle of your palm), so keeping a strong Qi connection between the hands

Other pages of interest:

Other Shibashi postures

Qigong breathing

Qigong warm up

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 “The mind is the commander’s ensign;

The breath the flags

The waist the banner”

Wu Yuxiang