A Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic
The Art of Qi Movement,
and Breathing - Physical - Mental Relaxation Exercises
Qigong, in Chinese means a Qi - energy flowing exercise. It is a form of breathing, physical and mental exercises at same
time. It has been popularly practiced in China for hundreds years for health and longevity and became well know in rest of
the world in last a few decades. There are many different type of Qigong, some are more adversed and some are easy to
lean and practice. To obtain most of the therapeutic benefits from practicing Qigong exercise, it's recommended to consult
a qualified TCM practitioner to determine the type of Qigong which is most suitable for your individual health condition, and
got professional guide at the beginning stage of practice, and practice regularly in a relaxing environment .
Please see the demonstrating video below.
The Baduanjin Qigong, in Chinese, means Eight Section Silk Brocade, is one of the most common forms of Chinese
Qigong used as exercise and primarily designated as a form of theraputic exercise, meant to improve Qi and blood fellow
for people in all age groups with chronic health conditions or in good health who just want to maintain a energetic healthy
The Baduanjin contains eight silken movements/exercises, each focusing on a different physical area and Qi meridian.
You may stand or sit during exercises. In the modern era, the standing version is by far the most widely practiced. You
may change the order in which the eight pieces of exercises. The following order is the most common executed:
#1, Two Hands Hold up the Heavens
This move stimulates the "Triple Warmer" meridian (Sanjiao). It consists of an upward movement of the hands, which are
loosely joined and travel up the center of the body.
#2, Drawing the Bow to Shoot the Hawk (or Vulture)
While in a lower horse stance, the practitioner imitates the action of drawing a bow to either side. It exercises the waist
area, focusing on the kidneys and spleen.
#3, Separate Heaven and Earth
This resembles a version of the first piece with the hands pressing in opposite directions, one up and one down. A
smooth motion in which the hands switch positions is the main action, and it stimulates the stomach.
#4, Wise Owl Gazes Backwards or Look Back
This is a stretch of the neck to the left and the right in an alternating fashion.
#5, Sway the Head and Shake the Tail
This regulates the function of the heart and lungs. Its primary aim is to remove excess heat toxin from the heart. In
performing this piece, the practitioner squats in a low horse stance, places the hands on thighs with the elbows facing
out and twists to glance backwards on each side.
#6, Two Hands Hold the Feet to Strengthen the Kidneys and Waist
This involves a stretch upwards followed by a forward bend and a holding of the toes.
#7, Clench the Fists and Glare Fiercely/Angrily
This resembles the second piece, and is largely a punching movement either to the sides or forward while in horse
stance. This, which is the most external of the pieces, is aimed at increasing general vitality and muscular strength.
#8, Bouncing on the Toes
This is a push upward from the toes with a small rocking motion on landing. The gentle shaking vibrations of this piece
smooth out the Qi after practice of the preceding seven pieces.
BaDuanJin Qigong Videos