This week, we will learn and practice the first three movements from the Taiji Qigong Shibashi forms sequence.
As discussed in an earlier blog, this wonderful 18-form sequence, created by Professor Lin Housheng in 1979, is the most popular routine in China today and practiced around the world by more than 10 million people. The routine, which includes 18 easy movements synchronized with the breath, is truly a peaceful experience and deeply relaxing.
- Commencing form: This movement pumps qi from the lower dantian so it can flow through the whole body. It also helps to create grounding, deepen the breath, calm the mind, settle and unblock the liver, and inspire patience and composure. It is very easy to do, but the more one focuses on synchronizing the movement with the breath the more benefits are cultivated.
- Opening the heart and lungs: This movement softens and opens the chest, conditioning the heart and lungs, and moves qi through their meridians (in the arms). This movement is very helpful for those with high blood pressure. It encourages smooth blood flow through both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and is a great benefit to the nervous system as well. You may notice this movement helps cultivate a relaxed and spacious feeling in body and energy.
- Dancing with rainbows: In this beautiful movement we imagine rainbows moving (dancing) between our hands (shining from the lao gong points) as we scoop colourful, healing qi into the bai hui (crown) point, benefiting the whole body. Physically, this movement also helps relieve back pain and decrease excess fat from the waist area.
I’m looking forward to practicing with you.
© Sandra Tonn