CHI KUNG

An introduction to chi kung exercises

Chi kung exercises – Balancing of chi

Chi kung, literally meaning “energy work”, is commonly used in order to warm up the body, including the internal organs, prior to practising tai chi. These exercises enhance and optimise the flow of energy around the body, leaving you feeling invigorated with a clear mind. Practising chi kung can also be used independently, as a means of relaxing the mind and the body.

These exercises will help to release tension within you, develop your mental focus and rejuvenate you. Many of these exercises focus on certain bodily organs. The idea is that the more you practise chi kung, you will learn to direct energy to the organs that are in need of healing and therefore in need of chi.

All movements in chi kung are soft and flowing. Keep your elbows and knees soft and slightly bent.

Standing barefoot or in soft shoes, keep your back straight. Slightly tuck your hips. Align your head, shoulders, ribcage and hips as if there is a pole going through the core of you. Soften your knees. Be aware of your breathing. Let it be rhythmic and slow.

Chi kung commences with the exercise – Balancing of chi.

Stand with your feet hip width apart. Place your hands in front of your lower abdomen, crossed over by the wrist area. Take a slow deep breath in. Let your arms fall to your side, palms facing forward, and then raise them up to their respective sides, slowly, above your head slightly. Make sure you keep your shoulders down and elbows bent. Do not reach too far above your head. You are still breathing in at this point.

When your arms are slightly above your head, gently turn the palms to face the ground, and breathe out, slowly. Slowly, push your palms and arms down till your hands are in front of your lower abdomen once again. The exhalation breath should be longer by two or three counts. Imperatively, the breath and the movements must be synchronised. It may take some time to harmonise the breath and the movements.

Repeat Balancing of chi three more times.

When you are breathing in, you are drawing in energy from the universe. When you are breathing out, by the action of pushing your arms down slowly, you are packing energy into your dantien, the reservoir of your chi.

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February 11, 2010 - Posted by | Exercises | , , , ,

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