Master Tye Botting explaining basic short power.
TCMA, Yang style tai chi mirror image form.
This workshop will cover three breathing exercises: Wuji Stance Chi Guiding Method; the Sun Moon Chi Collecting Method; and the Developing Wisdom Chi Receiving Method. These exercises are part of eleven breathing exercises in the Chen-Style Tai Chi cultivating Internal Energy method. These Qigong exercises have been an important part of basic Chinese Martial Arts training since ancient times. The frequent practice of these exercises is very effective in promoting good health.
The health benefits mentioned during this workshop will vary from individual to individual, however, we hope this brief introduction entices each of you to give Qigong a try.
It is recommended to practice each method at least 5 minutes before going on to the next method. Or, you may find it beneficial to practice one method for 20-30 minutes.
Qigong practice World Tai chi Day - The Woodlands 2010.
The first exercise we will practice is Wuji Stance Chi Guiding Method. Some may recognize this as being the first movement of Yang-Style Tai Chi. To begin, raise the left foot and move it sideways to the width of the shoulder. Slightly bend your knees and distribute your body weight evenly. You should feel balanced over your feet.
Relax your arms and shoulders. Clear your mind and relax your body. Inhale gently through your nose and raise both hands slightly higher than your shoulders, leading with your wrists. When you breathe in, use your diaphragm so your stomach moves, not your chest and shoulders.
Now exhale slowly through your mouth, keeping your face relaxed, and press down slowly with the heel of your palms. Press all the way down, until you relax your fingers at the side of your hips.
Feel the Qi, or breath, descend to the Dan-Tian, which is your energy center, located a little below and behind your navel. With hands at your sides, the first movement is now complete.
The Wuji Stance Method expels carbon dioxide from the body and replenishes energy that the brain and muscles consume. It is thought to improve circulation and to benefit people who suffer from insomnia, high blood pressure or other cardiac diseases.
Qigong practice World Tai chi Day - The Woodlands 2014
The next breathing exercise is the called the Sun Moon Chi Collecting Method. Keep your feet shoulder width apart as in the first method. Push both hands, palms leading, out in front of you while inhaling through your nose (remember to push the air to your diaphragm).
Continue to inhale as your spread your arms to each side with your fingers spreading out.
As both hands are fully extended to the sides, hold your breath while grasping with both hands and pulling downward toward the sides of your hips. Now exhale through your mouth and relax the fingers. The movement is now complete.
Practicing this method is believed to help prevent frozen shoulder, liver diseases and arthritis.
Qigong practitioners also believe that it this method strengthens the body, increases flexibility and will help prevent osteoporosis. When practicing this method, pay attention to inhalation to ensure that it is slow and smooth. As with the first method, it is recommended to practice this for at least 5 minutes before going on to the next method.
Qigong practice World Tai chi Day - The Woodlands 2018
The last breathing exercise is the called the Developing Wisdom Chi Receiving Method. With your feet shoulder-width apart, inhale slowly as your raise your arms to the sides and up above your head until your palms touch, fingers extended.
Hold your breath while you bring your palms down to the side of your cheeks, then exhale slowly as you press your palms straight out in front of you until your elbows are straight. Keep the force in the heel of your palm, relax your elbows and shoulders and keep your upper body straight.
Next, inhale as you grasp downward with fingers spread out and forceful, until you reach your hips. Now exhale slowly and relax your fingers. The movement is now complete.
Practicing the Developing Wisdom Method it thought to help relieve mental stress, clear the mind, and improve circulation in the brain. According to recent research, the aging process starts in the brain. When a person is in meditation, the brain enters into a recharging process by better utilizing oxygen in the brain. The coordination and function of the central nervous system improves and stress is reduced.
Qigong practice World Tai chi Day - The Woodlands 2014.