Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Training:
How to Balance the Upper + Lower Body (Video)

Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 7

So far we’ve been practising exercises for balancing the left and right sides of the body with a focus on the legs, the arms and the turning of the body. Now we’ll look at balancing the upper and lower body in qi gong, tai chi and bagua.

The lower body is much more capable of developing and cultivating blood and qi flow than the lower body. However, most people focus more heavily on their arms than the legs because they’re used to using their arms to carry out everyday tasks, especially when talking or communicating. So when in your qi gong, tai chi and bagua training, you want to have as much intent devoted to your legs as you do your arms. The body should not simply follow your arms. You want to look for an even feeling of lengthening, opening and of course relaxing and releasing the body as you perform movements–no matter how simple or complex.

The Tai Chi Classics advises that if there’s a problem, look to the waist and legs. So put your mind in your legs to bring them alive.

See the next how-to video in this eight-lesson series on balancing the body…

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