Tai Chi Trigrams

Tai Chi Trigrams

In Taoist philosophy, the 8 Trigrams are symbols of change found within the Book of Changes, known as the I Ching.  Each trigram represents a unique set of characteristics; tai chi application, qi gong movement, natural identity, cardinal directions, organ, illness, season, body part and so on.

Tai Chi  Application

Tai Chi Application Chinese Name

Yale / Pinyin

8 Pieces Brocade Qi Gong Movement

Natural Identity

Early Heaven Cardinal Direction

Trigram

Ward Off

Pang / Peng

Sway the Head and Shake the Tail

Heaven

South

Chi’en

Roll Back

Lei / Lu

Wise Owl Gazes Backward

Earth

North

K’un

Pull Down

Choi / Cai

Drawing the Bow

Wind

South West

Sun

Split / Sit Back / Bend Backwards

Lit / Lie

Bouncing on the Toes

Thunder

North East

Chen

Push Forward

On / An

Clench the Fist & Glare Fiercely

Fire

East

Li

Press Forward

Jai / Ji

Two Hands Hold up to Heavens

Water

West

K’an

Shoulder Stroke

Kau / Kao

Separating Heaven & Earth

Mountain

North West

Ken

Elbow Strike

Jau / Zhou

Two Hands Hold the Feet

Lake

South East

Tui

View over the 8 Pieces Brocade page, also known as Ba Duan Jin, an ancient Qi Gong set

Also see the Eight Energy Circle Walking page, a walking Qi Gong relating to the 8 Trigrams

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