Opening the Kua – Some Simple Exercises

The word Kua means gate and within Qigong and Taiji it refers to the energy gates that are located throughout the body (in the joints, between the vertebrae, etc). The one that is mentioned most and referred to simply as the Kua are the hip crease gates. This is rather like the Lower Dantien being referred to as the Dantien when there are actually three of them.

Opening the Kua

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If you practice Qigong it is always beneficial to practice these exercises for opening the Kua (along with the stimulation of some of the acupuncture points, prior to doing your Qigong (Neigong, Dao Yin, etc.) exercises.

The sequence for opening the Kua starts with Wuiji stance, working from the feet upwards. However, the gates do not always open in this order and some of those higher up in the body may open before those below them. Attaining this posture, by starting at the feet and working towards the crown, will eventually open all of the associated gates.

We then move on to opening some of the other gates in the torso, as well as those in the arms, by doing the loosening exercises. There are various loosening exercises used by Taiji & Qigong lineages but they are all there to perform the same function.

Wuji Stance: –

  • The Bubbling Spring – KD 1
  • The Ankle gates
  • The Knee gates
  • The Hip gates
  • The Chest Centre gate – Ren Mai 17
  • The Spirit Pathway gate – Du Mai 11
  • The Shoulder Nest gate
  • The Armpit gate
  • The Palace of Wind gate – Du Mai 16
  • Heavenly Prominence gate – Ren Mai 22
  • The Hundred Meetings gate – Du Mai 20

ADDING TO THOSE OPENED BY WUIJI STANCE

Sinking forward and backward with relaxed arms: –

  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the shoulder blade gates
  • Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Wind-milling the arms:-

  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the Shoulder Blade gates
  • The Armpit gates
  • Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Knocking at the Gates of Vitality: –

  • Ming Men – Du Mai 4
  • Spine Centre gate – Du Mai 6
  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the Shoulder Blade gates
  • Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Opening the Gates (Hip Kua): –

  • The Pelvis gates
  • Ming Men – Du Mai 4
  • Spine Centre gate – Du Mai 6
  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the Shoulder Blade gates
  • The Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Closing [Folding] the Gates (Hip Kua): –

  • The Pelvis gates
  • Ming Men – Du Mai 4
  • Spine Centre gate – Du Mai 6
  • The Shoulder Nest gates
  • The Centre of the Shoulder Blade gates
  • The Elbow gates
  • The Wrist gates
  • The Finger gates

Opening the Spine: –

  • Ming Men – Du Mai 4
  • Spine Centre gate – Du Mai 6
  • The Spirit Pathway gate – Du Mai 11
  • Wind Palace Gate – Du Mai 16
  • The Hundred Meetings gate – Du Mai 20
  • All of the minor gates along the length of the spine

The Sequence

Opening the Kua
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Online course of the exercises for opening the Kua

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