Revitalizing Your Life Energy (Qi) Through Motion – Series
Begin in QiGong stance. Move into horse stance by stepping out to the left and then the right (your feet should be about 3 feet apart), bend your knees and then lower your upper body as if you were sitting on a horse. Be sure not to allow your knees to collapse inward. Move down into a position in which your thighs are parallel to the ground or stay at a higher stance if more comfortable.
Begin with hands in soft fists rolled inward and under your chin. Inhale as you pull your right fist back toward your shoulder, elbow extended out with the forearm parallel to the ground. At the same time, open your left hand and make the shape of an L with your index finger and thumb, fold the remaining 3 fingers in toward the palm, and extend your hand out so that your arm is parallel to the ground.
Exhale as you bring arms back to the original position. Repeat to the other side.
As you are working this left and right, make sure your gaze follows the arm that is fully extended. Repeat eight times. Finish in QiGong position.
This brocade is designed to strengthen the lungs. As you perform this exercise, focus your attention on opening up the chest as you bring your arms apart, and closing as your fists return to your breastbone.
The 3 organs affected with this brocade are the liver, heart and lungs. The liver is associated with the eyes, when in balance we have clarity of vision. The heart in balance helps us cultivate a clear path in life. Finally, when the lungs are in balance we feel inspired.
These 3 traits: intention, inspiration and clear vision are essential in archery and throughout a well-balanced life.