This is the first of 18 movements of Shibashi Qigong
Raising the arms – repeat six times :
- stand quietly in Wu chi posture in order to allow the body to relax – mind on Dantian for three breaths
- keep hips in straight line with the body
- keep head erect
- allow the elbows, wrists and fingers to bend naturally throughout the exercise (relaxed and unlocked)
- let the mind lead the breath and the breath lead the arms movements to follow the body in harmony
- ever so slowly, rock gently forward on the in breath and back on the out breath as you raise your arms with palms facing down. Bend knees slightly (do not project your knees beyond your toes)
- you may gently rise up on the balls of your feet on the in breath and lower on the out breath
- adopt natural breathing
Back should be straight but relaxed throughout.
As you raise your arms, breathing in, feel that your connection to Mother Earth is through your feet. Feel Qi rises from Yongquan (K1) under the ball of your foot to Dantian in the belly . As you breath out and you lower your arms , feel the connection with Heavenly Qi through the crown of your head as it meets with and absorbs Earth Qi.
Health benefit of this specific exercise:
- balances your blood pressure
- strengthen your heart
- helps to prevent arthritis
- transform mental and physical tensions
- releases unblocked liver Qi
” With the mind circulate the breath,
Striving to make it sink firm.
Then it can be absorbed into the bones”
Wu Yuxiang (1812 – 80)
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