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Spring Seasonal Qigong Tuning

Growing Bamboo & Stalking the Fox

March 3rd – March 30th, 2024

Video Series

Individual Qigong Videos

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The Postures and Movements of Growing Bamboo

When the dantian feels connected to heaven and earth, you can step a little wider, and then open the front foot to the diagonal and shift more weight (70%) into the front leg.

At first, stay rooted in the present then..

  • Explore by moving back and forth
  • Alternate directions as is fitting to your moment.

Relaxation lengthens the steps, softens the tendons and ligaments, and loosens the ankles and joints.

Remember to breathe.

Suggested daily routine:
  • Yin Yang breath for 1-3 minutes
  • Growing Bamboo 5–19 minutes
  • Yin Yang breath for 1-3 minutes
  • Eye Massage (36 times)

Start with a minimum of 7 minutes and lengthen as suits you to an optimal time of 21 minutes.

The suggestions for the timing are general. Like cooking, you can lengthen or shorten the sections depending on how you feel on a particular day. Be sure you feel balanced with the timing you choose. Use a timer (such as the Insight Timer app) if you like.

Stalking the Fox

With “Stalking the Fox” we open ourselves to the energy of Spring, the energy of Hope, and the excitement of new possibilities. The repetition and refinement of the movement can bring us increased metabolism, sharper thinking, and the ability to look ahead and make plans and decisions.

In addition, as we strengthen our legs, and move with empty steps and relaxed straightness, we return our body to optimum structural alignment and circulation.

After a winter of being less active, this move brings our energy up and out, ready for sports, and play, and action.

Daily Routine for Stalking the Fox:

Start with a minimum of 9 minutes and lengthen as suits you, to an optimal time of 21 minutes.

Begin with the Constant Bear & the Looking Owl for about 3 minutes.

Follow with Stalking the Fox for 5 – 7 minutes.

  • Imitate the fox as you relax into the positions and movements.
  • From diagonal to diagonal is the essence
  • At first, stay rooted in the present, exploring by moving back and forth but not moving forward.
  • Notice that with each turn you are pointing to the direction you are moving towards, exploring new possibilities.
  • When the dantian feels connected to earth and heaven you can take rooted steps into the future.
  • Remember to breathe and relax so you can generate qi.

End with a few minutes of the Constant Bear with the Looking Owl

 

Additional information to be aware of: from diagonal to diagonal is the essence

As we arrive in the position we experience being present in this moment. As we shift back and change our direction we move into the future.

Switching from diagonal to diagonal is the essence of the wood section of the tai chi form and teaches us how to take new points of view and move into the future. It doesn’t require actually moving forward. In fact in the wood section of the form we move only backward and sideways and on the diagonal and there is no forward motion.

What do you observe about yourself?

Self-reflection is a valuable part of this journey.  We would like you to write down how you feel at the beginning and end of the tuning. On a scale of one to ten, rate the following:

  • Physical health
  • Emotional health
  • Mental focus
  • Sense of wellbeing
  • Sense of feeling connected to your spirit

Please be aware that these videos are the copyrighted property of the Tai Chi Foundation and cannot be reproduced without prior permission.

These videos are a part of our 5-Element Qigong Video Series: Roots & Branches

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