Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, Movement No. 14


Punch the Mud


14. Punching in a Horse-Riding Stance, Punching the Mud

Pull the chi from the legs up through the chest and through the punch. This punch is done purposefully and slowly in a flowing motion.

After finishing Flying Like a Dove, bring your right leg back to horse-riding stance and draw both hands into fists at the waist with the palms facing upwards.

Left punch out:
breathe out
punch out to chest level
as you punch turn the fist-palm down

Pull left fist back:
breathe in
draw left fist back to waist
as you pull back turn the fist-palm up

Right punch out
breathe out
punch out to chest level
as you punch turn the fist-palm down

Pull right fist back:
breathe in
draw right fist back to waist
as you pull back turn the fist-palm up


Health Benefits:

  • Deep breathing increases flow of blood to digestive system and organs.
  • Strong mind-body link. This link is built as you focus on the breathing chi.
  • Develops feeling of identity.
  • The horse riding stance strengthens the cardiovascular system.