a guide to 18-Form Chi Kung
Before starting, stand quietly in
a loose standing posture for a few minutes, allowing your
body and mind to relax. Keep your head straight as you practise
the form, and your shoulders relaxed. Hand movements should
be coordinated with your breathing, and both should be in
a continuous, fluidic movement. Breathing is very important
in chi kung: In general, breathe in for yin (inward) movements,
out for yang (outward), in long, controlled breaths, and allow
your breath to naturally follow the movements as they change.
1. Starting Position
Stand naturally with your legs shoulder width apart,
drop and relax the shoulders. Keep the hips straight,
and your gravity in the centre, and slowly raise the
arms to shoulder height.
Then, while lowering the body and bending the knees,
bring the arms down, exhaling on the downward, and inhaling
on the upward.
Repeat 6 times.
2. Opening the Chest
Stand naturally, with your legs straight, and raise
your hands to the front of your chest.
Separate your arms to your side as you open your chest
and breathe in. Bring the hands back to the body in
a circling motion, finishing with the hands in front
of the stomach as you bend your legs and breathe out.
3. Rainbow Dance
Raise both hands to the front of the chest, straighten
your legs and bring both hands over your head and straighten
the arms.Your palms face each other, and breathe in.
Move your weight into the right leg, bending your knees
- straighten your left leg and raise your heel off the
floor, so that only your sole/toes are touching. Bring
your left hand down to the horizontal level of your
left side, palm upward.
Arch your right arm in a semicircle bringing the palm
over the head, and as your body moves to the side, breathe
Repeat, on the opposite side, swaying gently from side
to side in a continuous motion. Do both sides six times.
4. Separating Clouds
by Wheeling Arms
From a standing position bend both knees into a horse
stance. Simultaneously, place both hands in front of
your body, palms towards your stomach. Raise both arms
above your head and separate, then bring them down and
around back to the front of the stomach.
As the arms come down bend the legs and straighten
as they cross; the palms circle outward and upward over
5. Rolling Arms
Stand with your left hand extended in front of the
body, palm upward at chest height, right hand out to
the side at shoulder height, palm upward, elbow bent.
Push the right hand forward and down, withdrawing your
left hand so that the palms cross in front of your body.Turn
your waist to the left to transfer your weight to your
Now bring your left palm past your ear, down your centre,
over your right palm, and withdraw your right hand.
Transfer your weight to your other foot as you turn
your waist in the oppsoite direction - you are repeating
6. Rowing the Boat in
the Centre of the Lake
Stand with your legs straight, and bring your arms
straight up from the side to your front and round over
the top of your head.
Slowly lean forward at the waist as your hands come
down and round.
7. Looking at the Moon
by Turning the Body
stand with your arms at your side, turn to the left
and swing both arms parallel upwards and to the side
(your right elnbow bends naturally) - left palm upwards,
right palm down.
Repeat on the other side, and execute eight times.
8. Lifting the Ball
in Front of the Shoulder
Stand naturally, turn to the left and bring the right
palm up to the left above shoulder height, as if you
are lifting a ball. Keep your left arm to your side,
and move your weight into your left leg. The right leg
then stretches on tiptoe with the heel up. Turn the
waist and breather in.
Change from one side to the other, breathing in on
the upward movement, and out on the down.
9. Pushing Palms
Stand in a horse stance, and hold both arms upwards
at the waist. Bring the left arm back slightly and turn
your waist to the your left, then turn and push forward
with your right palm, bringing your left palm down to
your side and move your balance to your left leg.
As you turn from one side to the other, bring your
palms to cross over each other. Keep your upper body
straight as your waist turns. Repeat four times.
10. Cloud Hands in Horse
This is identical to the 'wave hands like clouds' move
in the Yang form (see Net
Guide, part two, move 25),
except that you do not move, but stay in a horse stance,
moving your waist.
Repeat eight times.
11. Scooping the Sea
Put your left leg forward, lean your body forward,
bring both hands to cross in front of your knee, whilst
Cross the hands as you move your weight to the back
leg, then open and separate, and the head then looks
at the sky as you breathe in. Repeat this on the other
leg, and do four times each way.
12. Pushing Wave
Stand in a bow stance with your right foot forward,
lift your palms up to the side of your chest, facing
forward. With the weight on your right foot, push forward
at shoulder height, and stretch the back leg.
Slowly move your weight to your back leg into a heel
stance, and withdraw your arms, breathing in.
Change leg stances and do four times on each leg.
13. Flying Pigeon
With one leg forward, lift both arms up to your side,
place your weight on the back leg, lift your front leg
toes, and breathe in. Imagine that you are stretching
something with your arms.
Transfer your weight to your front leg, raise the heel
of your back foot, and bring your hands together in
front of your chest - breathe out.
Repeat four times.
14. Punching in Horse
Adopt a horse stance, and hold both fists under your
armpits. Push out your left fist, twisting it so that
the palms end up downwards. Withdraw the fist as your
push out your right.
repeat ten times.
15. Flying Wild Goose
Stand naturally, then bring both hands outwards to
shoulder height at the side of your body, and slolwy
squat down into a horse stance. Let both arms now drop
down to your sides.
Raise up your body, bringing both hands to shoulder
height again, breathing in on the up, and out on the
Repeat eight times.
16. Rotating Wheel in
Stand naturally, and bring both hands to cross in front
of your stomach, then turn to the left side, keeping
your arms straight. The arms follow your waist movement,
going up and around over the top of your head, palms
forward. Breathe in as you do this.
Your hands drop down and you breathe out, then repeat
in the opposite direction.
17. Marching Bouncing
Lift up your left leg, and at the same time your right
arm to shoulder height, breathe in, and then drop them
down, breathing out.
Repeat on the other side.
18. Shau Gong
This is to balance your chi. Stand naturally, and lift
both hands palm upwards in front of your stomach, finger
to finger. Lift your hands to your chest, breathe in
and lift your heels.
Turn the palms down, fingers facing, and bring down
your arms down to your tantien and breathe out and bring
your heels down. Repeat a few times.
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