qigong exercises: flying like an eagle
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This is one of a set of excellent qigong exercises designed to strengthen the back and promote a general sense of well being.
Imagine that you are a powerful eagle as you raise your body and heels and stretch your wings out to get ready for flight - great fun.
- Often people with back problems are told to exercise by doing heel raises they are in here slowly and gently as your eagle stretches for take off
- the gentle raising of the heels also improves balance - especially since this is coupled with shifting body weight as you raise the arms
- and lastly, if you wear supple shoes, the action of raising up and on the ball of the foot massages the 'bubbling well' - the acupressure point on the ball of the foot.
- power the lifting of the arms from the shoulders not your forearms or hands
- avoid standing too high on tip toes it's not needed and you could overbalance
- Always do things slowly and comfortably Tai chi and qigong for health and relaxation are not meant to hurt! ever!
qigong exercises: flying like an eagle:
- stand with feet shoulder width apart
- feet parallel and facing 12:00
- imagine head lifted from crown
- chin tucked in slightly
- eyes forward and relaxed
- shoulders relaxed
- arms hang loosely down
- fingers gently apart and slightly curved
- palms towards body
- tailbone tucked in
- knees relaxed - slightly bent
- breathe in
- raise body
- raise both heels
- arc arms out and up until elbows at ear height
- palms face ground
- breathe out
- lower heels to ground
- sink body down
- arc arms down and in until arms at sides
- palms face thighs
return to starting position:
- breathe in
- raise until knees slightly bent
Putting it all together:
The complete chi exercise sequence