These are some of the very many questions about the Embroidered Brocade Qigong that have been asked of me over the years and I wish that I had kept a note of all of them. Unfortunately I didn’t but these are some of the Qigong questions and answers that I do have on record. If you have a question, or can add to an answer, please use the comments box and I will add to them
Question from Sebastian
Areas of focus – additional information?
Another superb quality course, thank you so much!
Just out of curiosity – in addition to increased awareness of Qi and all the Qigong goodness these exercises do for us, are there are any more areas of focus for the exercises within this set, such as awareness on particular acupoints, meridians, gates, and any additional detailed information regarding their benefits? If so, would you be able to provide this information here or direct me to some reference articles etc.?
Answer from Des
Folding Over – The focus is on using the hands to trace and stimulate the three Yin meridians and the three Yang meridians in the legs.
Circle of Light – The focus is on the Yang meridians in the arms. It is the hand position (pinkie fingers/outside edge of the hand floating upwards and outwards) that does this.
You can experience this if you stand in Wuji with the palms facing inward (as in Snake) and Listen to where the Qi is most intense. It should be on the inside of the arms. Then adjust the hand posture until you feel that intensity move to the outside of the arms and into the Yang meridians.
Billowing Sail – The focus should be mainly on KD1 as the weight is rooted and the Qi sunk into the rear foot. Then focus on the separation, the disconnection, and reconnection of KD1 in the front foot. The focus remains in KD1 (front foot and the weight is rooted and the Qi is sunk. Remember that the Qi continues to sink beyond the rooting.
Focus on the crown should not be compromised throughout the exercise.
Additionally, all the Kidney points and Bladder points in the ankle are being stimulated (opened).
The Sun and the Moon – Constant attention on sinking the Qi through KD1 while raising the Shen (This keeps the Kua between the vertebrae open). Also focus on keeping the Kua at the hips crease and in the shoulders open.
The White Crane – The same focus as Circle of light but with the addition of focusing on HG8 (on inhalation, when the palm is facing rearward) and on HT9 (on exhalation, as the hand lifts).
The Snake – The focus is on the Yin meridians in the arms. It is the hand position (palms facing inwards) that does this. You can also focus on Liver meridian (LV8 is usually the first point to open) by adjusting the angle that the foot is turned out at before sinking.
The Taiji Walk – focus on sinking the Qi and raising the Shen, then connecting both at the Lower Dantien before attempting to move. As soon as any of these is lost, stop, repeat and start again.
Question from Robert
i already do billowing sail slightly different as turning the wheel of heaven but here the breathing is opposite i am used to breathing out as i sink forward and in as i sink back what is the reason for this please des?
ps great course
Reply from Des
Hi Robert, before I can give you an answer can you tell me if you practice “Turning the Wheel of Heaven”, with the front foot peeled and lifted off of the floor in the same way? Or do you practice with the feet kept on the floor but with the front toes and rear heel lifting alternately?
Reply from Robert
The version i do is from robert pengs 8 cycle chi qong sit back toes from floor not lifting foot completely and sit forward back heel lifted the breathing is from traditional tai chi out moving forward in sitting back yours is great teaching back your post awarness and listening are priceless incidentally udemy seems to have a virus any lesson i click on is already completed and i have too reset everything also the last 2 questions i have had to post twice as they are not coming up hope you get this one?
Answer from Des
externally, these exercises are similar but internally they working differently. However both are, primarily, working with Water (the Kidney and Bladder meridians).
The Billowing Sail – The Qi is drawn up through KD1 in the rear foot on the inhalation. On exhalation it is guided down to KD1 in the front foot. The lifting/flexing action of the front foot stimulates the Bladder and Kidney points in the ankle.
Why draw up and then expel? Even without using visualization (you can augment this if you wish by using visualization) you are circulating your Kidney Qi, drawing in fresh Qi and getting rid of stale Qi.
Turning the Wheel of Heaven – When practiced properly this exercise sinks the Qi through KD1 in the front foot before sinking it through KD1 in the rear foot. Again, the flexing of the feet stimulates the Bladder and Kidney points in the ankles.
Where this exercise often goes wrong:-
- Overextension of the forward and rearward movement means that the physical root is not through KD1 and that impedes the practitioner’s ability to sink the Qi through this point.
- Pushing down on the rear toes to lift the ankle (usually caused by too long a stance). The ankle should peel off of the floor as a result of the sinking into the front foot.
- Both feet flexing at the same time.
Billowing Sail circulates and replenishes KD Qi as well as enhancing the practitioner’s ability to sink the Qi.
Turning the Wheel of Heaven enhances the practitioer’s ability to sink the Qi and also stimulates KD Qi.
Interested in Qigong? We have a group of Qigong enthusiasts (on Facebook) that you might want to join that is used by students and teachers to exchange ideas and ask questions. It is part of the San Bao Qigong.