Saturday, May 28, 2016

Standing Qigong: Zhan Zhuang

Standing Qigong also known as Zhan Zhuang (standing post) is a method of developing internal strength and improving your health.
It’s also called the “three – circle posture,” i.e. the arms, hands and legs are all bent to shape a circular posture. A feeling of vibration in the body is a sign of good posture.

1. Stand in horse stance, shoulders are lowered and arms are relaxed, knees a little bent. The head is suspended as if it’s pulled by a string. Find the center (meaning find the middle between back and forward).

2. Then float your hands and elbows up to the level of your heart – elbows lower than wrists, palms facing your torso, creating a circle with your arms, imagine you are hugging a big tree. Keep the hands and fingers apart. 

3. Breathe through the nose, take the time to notice how each breath has a distinct quality of feeling. You may close your eyes. 

4. Maintain this position anywhere between two to five minutes. Then work your way to up to 15 minutes at a time

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