Friday, May 13, 2016

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, Movement No. 7


Lift the Sun

7. Holding a Ball, Carrying a Ball in Front of the Shoulders, Supporting a Ball, Lifting the Sun


The sun is the other picture for my business that I use with my strap lines. As this exercise demonstrates, the sun can be a powerful visualisation, just as it is powerful in the physical world.

Lifting the Sun is a gentle movement as there is less movement. It is bit of a rest in the middle of the routine even though lifting sun is a momentous task. Think of the power behind the idea of lifting the sun. Then focus the eyes and gaze momentarily on it when it is lifted in the hand. If done properly, this will result in a feeling of the eyes being crossed which is relaxing and good for eyesight.

Turn left:
turn body from waist toward left
breathe in
extend right arm up until shoulder height
right palm face up and take a moment to look at the sun just above the palm
raise the heels (if comfortable to do so)
Lower heels:
lower heels to floor
breathe out
turn right palm downwards
sink body down with knees slightly bent
turn body from waist back to center
draw right arm down to thigh

Turn right:
turn body from waist toward right
breathe in
extend left arm up until shoulder height
left palm face up and take a moment to look at the sun just above the palm
raise the heels (if comfortable to do so)

Lower heels:
lower heels to floor
breathe out
turn left palm downwards
sink body down with knees slightly bent
turn body from waist back to center
draw left arm down to thigh


Health Benefits:

  • Good for balance and strengthens feet if done by raising to half-toe.
  • Improves eyesight.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Relieves stress.
  • Good for the shoulders and lumbar muscles.
  • Good for hand coordination.
  • Alleviates insomnia.