Revitalizing Your Life Energy (Qi) Through Motion – Series
Starting in Qigong position 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.
Inhale, and then as you exhale swing your upper body to one side, like a pendulum, chest close to your thighs. Inhale as you come back to the middle, exhale as you swing to the opposite side. Repeat eight times. Finish in Qigong position.
Variation: When you come to the middle position, straighten your legs for a moment and then bend them again before moving to the other side.
As the name indicates, this exercise gets rid of excess “fire” in the heart that is caused by everyday stressors and worry. It restores balance to the heart and the nervous system when we feel burned out and/or out of control.
When the heart is in balance there is an inner harmony that also reflects outward. Internal balance improves our relationship with others.