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. Find out the meaning of qi gong.

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

Find out about the Chinese Trigrams relating to Classical Feng Shui

Return from Tai Chi Trigrams to the homepage

Share