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This ancient Qi Gong (also called Chi Gung) set dates back to the Song Dynasty in China. Ba Duan Jin consists of 8 movements as a basis for Qi Gong practice. We guide the body using the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine through opening and closing movements, to dredge, regulate and circulate Qi and blood flow in the internal body. We combine motion and stillness aiming to preserve health, calm the mind and strengthen the body.  Ba Duan Jin is promoted by the Chinese Health Qi Gong Association.  Read over the full collection of resources here.

 

Overall TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) benefits:

Dredge the Triple Warmer, regulate the spleen and stomach, harmonize Qi movement, remove heart fire, balance Yin and Yang, dredge meridian channels, strength the waist and kidneys.

 

Opening Standing Posture

1. Two Hands Hold up the Heavens
Health; Lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, relaxes tense & stiff muscles
TCM; Regulate Yin Yang of the Triple Warmer

2. Drawing the Bow
Health; Strengthens knees, legs, waist and back, coordination
TCM; Coordinate Liver with Lungs

3. Separate Heaven and Earth
Health; Opens chest area, helps respiration, relaxes tension in shoulders, back and abdomen
TCM; Regulate Yin Yang of the spleen, stomach

4. Wise Owl Gazes Backwards
Health; Helps tension in neck and eye muscles, coordination
TCM; Eliminate 5 overstrains of the organs and 7 injuries of the emotions

5. Sway the Head and Shake the Tail
Health; Strengthens knees, legs, waist and back, coordination, lessens stress
TCM; Regulate heart fire

6. Two Hands Hold the Feet
Health; Strengthens waist, stretches spine
TCM; Stimulates kidneys

7. Clench the Fists and Glare Fiercely
Health; Strengthens knees, legs, waist and back, coordination, helps lessen anger
TCM;
Stimulates the liver

8. Bouncing on the Toes
Health; Strengthens calves and legs, stretches and lengthens Achilles tendons and spine
TCM; Stimulates the converging point of 3 Yin and 3 Yang channels on the foot covering multiple organs. Helps to return the body to the original essence.

Closing Set

The Chinese Health Qigong Association Eight Pieces of Brocade Qi Gong set:

 

 

Click here to read how the 8 Ba Duan Jin Movements relate to the 8 Taoist Trigrams

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