Balancing Exercises: How-to Video Lesson 8
All internal enery arts exercise ultimately intends to stimulate qi flow in your body. In fact, one reason external, postural alignments are a main focus in the beginning is to help optimise fluid (such as blood) and qi flow. So now that you have the basics of balancing your outer casing in your form, we’ll look at two primary flows in the body: ascending and descending qi.
Descending qi is responsible for:
- Relaxing the nerves;
- Softening the tissues;
- Releasing the stress and tension out of the body and into the ground.
Ascending qi is responsible for holding your body up, primarily from the spine.
Too much downward qi flow will cause the body to compress, especially if standing for long periods. Too much upward qi flow and the energy will go to and can get stuck in the head. When the body rises too much, you can see stress and tension injected into the body.
So you want a gentle rising energy up the spine and the rest of the energy dropping down through your body, the soles of your feet and into the ground. Then, you will notice that your tissues can naturally and more easily elongate. So the gravity pulling your body down with the gentle rising of the spine causes the tissues to separate. The organs can drop down into the pelvis drops, which drops off the spine. Everything can slowly open up inside your body without any force whatsoever.
Initially, you want to train balancing the ascending and descending qi flows in standing qi gong. Later, you can focus on this aspect while moving, such as in qi gong, tai chi or bagua.