Yang 24 Form – Tai Chi Movement: Raise Arms

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Generate an upward pressure from the Dan Tian while still sinking the weight at every point in the body. Let that pressure slowly push the arms up to shoulder height. The movement is very soft. Do not let tension build in the muscles to lift the arms. You want to feel as though they are… Read more »

Qigong Form – Hold Up the Sky

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Inhale – With the fingertips stretching down the hands move in toward the centerline. Interlace the fingers to the first knuckle and lift to the navel. Exhale – The hands continue to rise up the torso with the forearms slowly rotating till the palms face the ground. Finish the exhale as the hands reach the… Read more »

Muay Thai Curve or Cup Knee

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  Muay Thai Cup Knee Body Alignments: This technique is worked from the clinch. The root foot has pivoted so that the heel points slightly toward the opponent. With the Muay Thai Cup Knee the side of your knee is striking into the opponent’s ribs or head. Your arms have pulled into the shoulder on… Read more »

Yang Style Tai Chi – Yang 24 Form

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The Yang 24 Form is also know as the Simplified Standard 24 Form. This is a relatively more recent iteration of the Yang family of Tai Chi. It was developed in 1956 at the behest of the National Sport commission. The form is the result of the efforts of several esteemed members of the Yang… Read more »

Qigong Form – Turn the Head

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  Inhale – The hands lift up behind the body to the small of your back. The left hand rests in the right palm. Exhale – Using the movement of the exhale turn the body to the right. Work your way up the spine from the tailbone, turning vertebra by vertebra. Finally look over the… Read more »

Qigong Form – Head & Shoulder Swing

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Step into a wide horse stance and rest the hands on the middle of the thighs. Inhale – Roll down the spine, vertebra by vertebra letting the head hang down at the end of the breath. Exhale – Swing your torso to your right, letting the feet pivot with the movement until you are in… Read more »

Qigong Form – Raise One Arm

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  Inhale – The hands move toward the center line with the backs of the hands facing each other until the middle fingers almost touch. The hands lift to the navel with the last of the inhale. Exhale – The arms continue to rise with the exhale to the top of the chest. Inhale –… Read more »

Six Healing Sounds Qigong: The Heart

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The Heart’s Sound • Energy: Radiating • Associated Organ: Small Intestine • Element: Fire • Season: Summer • Color: Red • Negative emotions: Impatience, Hastiness, Arrogance, Cruelty • Positive emotions: Joy, Honor, Sincerity, Respect, Love • Sound: “Hawwww” (mouth wide open) Inhale as you lift the hands up and out to the sides. Continue lifting and… Read more »