Shibashi 8 – Gazing at the moon

Twist around and gaze at the moon to trim your waist and hips.


Routine

Repeat six times on both sides.

  1. Stand in starting posture, as if holding a ball in front of you.
  2. Shift your weight from right to left as you swivel your torso from right to left.
  3. Lift your arms from right to left, as if looking at the moon between your hands.
  4. Breathe in as you rotate the spine.
  5. Breathe 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 at the moon between your hands.

Tip

When you look to the left, keeping your right heel on the ground will give you a greater sense of lengthening the body or will increase the rotation of the spine. It’s your choice.  Either one is good.

Health benefits

  • Stimulates blood circulation, taking oxygen and nutrients all over the body.
  • Tones the spleen channel, lifting your spirit.
  • Slightly stretches the liver and gall bladder channels. So it  smooths the flow of Qi through the waist and hips, supporting upward movement of Qi.
  • 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”).
  • Moving from side to side looking at the moon gives you the opportunity to look at things in your life differently. Look for new opportunities and 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.

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 “The mind is the commander’s ensign;

The breath the flags

The waist the banner. “

Wu Yuxiang