Shibashi warm up

Why warm up?

Doing the warm up:

  • encourages loose joints
  • activates the lymph system
  • helps clear blockages.
What you need to know
Qigong at sunrise
Qigong at sunrise
  1.  Earth element rules the lymphatics
  2. Earth organs are the spleen and stomach. ( The spleen/pancreas – controls blood sugar.)
  3. Being rooted firmly to mother earth is very grounding and centring.
  4. Earth emotions are all about trust, balance and being on time.


  • Do warm up with intention.
  • If you are unable to do the live warm up, you can visualise doing it when you are lying in bed.
  • If you are unable to do the dynamic version, you can do the mini version, with small movements.
  • If you have an issue with a particular organ or body part, do the warm up for that organ.

The warm up routine

Stand still for a moment, root your feet deep into mother earth.

  1. Gently move the neck in all four directions – chin down towards chest and then gently leaning head back, after which turn head sideways left then right.
  2. Shake it out.
  3. Roll shoulders – up and back and forwards then back.
  4. Shake it out
  5. Swing the arms like a windmill bending from the knees.
  6. Shake it out.
  7. Swing arms twisting from the waist, hips then shoulders, then hips again.
  8. Shake it out.
  9. Move hip joints to the right and to the left in specific forward, side back side movement.
  10. Shake it out.
  11. Rub the knees, then circle them clockwise and anti-clockwise.
  12. Shake it out
  13. Rotate ankles clockwise then anti-clockwise.
  14. Shake everything.

Possible side effects or body reaction can be burping or flatulence.

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” As Qi starts to move and strengthen your lower Dan Tien, stagnant gasses will be dislodged and flushed out.” 

Chris Jarmey, The Theory and practice of Taiji Qigong

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