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Medical Qi Gong

14 Exercises that stimulate Regular &


Extraordinary Acupuncture Meridians

Blue Dragon Meridian Exercises


George Xavier Love Jr.
SHIELD SOCIETY
PUBLISHING Boca Raton, Fl.
(c) 2002

HISTORY OF MERIDIAN QIGONG


BENEFITS OF MERIDIAN QIGONG

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POSTURAL DAO YIN

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Beginning the Exercises

What is DAO YIN

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MENTAL DAO YIN

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REGULATE THE HEART

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MEDITATION

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MASTER LEE Q & A

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BREATHING DAOYIN

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EXERCISE # I
EXERCISE # II
EXERCISE # III
EXERCISE # IV
EXERCISE # V
EXERCISE # VI
EXERCISE # VII
EXERCISE # VIII
EXERCISE # IX
EXERCISE # X
EXERCISE # XI
EXERCISE # XII
EXERCISE # XIII
EXERCISE # XIV

MERIDIAN QIGONG EPLANATION 78

1949. His other son became a member of the communist


party and put on propaganda plays for the workers.
Neither son was interested in the family qigong. After the
communists took control, his lands were seized and
Professor Li was put to work in the fields for ten years
before his Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture
talents were discovered. He worked his way up to head
of the acupuncture department at one of the hospitals.
During the Cultural Revolution he was imprisoned for
seven years in a cell that was only five feet high. The
only thing that kept him alive was his family Qigong,
which he practiced 12 hours a day. Finally he was
released and he made his way out of China and entered
the U.S. His son was an officer in the U.S. Army and
lived in Virginia. He opened an acupuncture clinic in
Washington D.C. and chartered a school to teach the
cultural heritage of China. The first name of the school
was Ju Shi Lin Council of Retired Taoist scholars. He
located some old friends in New Yorks Chinatown, and
commuted back and forth teaching his family qigong,
acupuncture and Tui-Na (Chinese medical massage and
manipulation). The name of the school was changed to
the Peking Institute for Longevity & Rejuvenation. Of
all Master Lees students only three were given
permission to teach his familys Qigong. To distinguish
the family Qigong, the symbol of the dragon was chosen
to represent immortality. Master Lee explained the color
black refers to the essence of kidneys (ancestral energy)
so the black dragon was chosen, but black can be

What is Blue Dragon Qigong?


Qigong (chi kung) is the art and skill of
strengthening ones health, typically practiced in China.
It plays an active role in preventing and treating diseases,
protecting and strengthening health, resisting premature
senility and prolonging life. In ancient times Qigong was
called the method to eliminate diseases and prolong life.

Why the Blue Dragon?


The dragon was always considered as symbol of
immortality. The color blue refers to the kidney Jing or
essence, which is the reservoir of genetic material. The
Medicine Buddha was always pictured as having blue
skin because he was of the highest essence.

The History of Blue Dragon Qigong


Blue Dragon Qigong is an authentic family qigong
passed down from father to son through fourteen
generations. Professor Li Bing Yuan (Dr. John B.Y. Lee)
was born in 1908 in a suburb of Beijing. His family
lineage goes back in a Taoist scholar tradition. It was
part of their heritage on the fortieth birthday to receive
their inheritance. Professor Lee inherited the training of
a Doctor of Oriental Medicine as well as the family
import export business. Fluent in English, Professor Lee
has two sons. He managed to get one out of the country
and into the U.S. before Chairman Mao took control in
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What is Qi?

depressing to some so he sometimes portrayed a Blue


Dragon. Red is the color of the heart, but red can be too
stimulating for some so he sometimes chose a Purple
Dragon. Your humble servant, teaches Blue Dragon
Qigong. He was given the name Zhenwu Qi.

One always associates 'Qi' with breath. Qi includes


"breath" in its definition, but Qi also embodies other
meanings as well in terms of Qigong. According to
results of tests performed by scientists, the Qi released by
a person who is skilled in the art of Qigong contains
infrared radiation, static electricity, and particle streams.
According to the functions of Qi inside a human body,
the Qi in Qigong is considered as a kind of message
together with its carrier. And moreover, it is believed that
the carrier is electro-magnetic matter. So the Qi in
Qigong does not only mean the inhaling of oxygen and
exhaling of carbon dioxide, it also means a kind of matter
that possesses a more complicated message and a richer
energy.

Qi and gong may be described separately as follows.

"Qi" is usually called 'internal Qi' or named as 'true Qi'


by Qigong practitioners to be differentiated from the air
breathed in and out. Traditional Chinese medical theory
hold that the 'true Qi" of the human body is the motive
force of its vital activities. Therefore, the building up of
Qi in terms of Qigong refers to the building up of true Qi.
True Qi can be classified into prenatal Qi (Qi of the
former heaven) and postnatal Qi. Prenatal Qi can be
further classified into two forms -- essential Qi (vital
energy) and primordial Qi. Essential Qi refers to the bit
of essential and vital energy that a human being obtains
from the parents at the earliest stage of life, during the
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What is Gong?

formation of the fetus. Primordial Qi denotes the


fundamental matter and motive force that maintain the
psychological functions of the body's tissues and organs.
During the development of the fetus, Primordial Qi is
already formed. It is stored in the kidneys and is closely
related with the gate of life Ming men located in the
spine between the fourth and fifth lumbar

Through Qigong exercise, true qi is made to function


normally and exuberantly inside the human body -- this is
the meaning of gong, usually called Gong fu in the term
Qigong. The word Gong fu has broad implications. It can
mean the time and quality of Qigong exercise, it can also
mean the learning of methodology and attainment of skill
in doing Qigong exercise. In short, it is a method to build
up or cultivate qi.

The Qi we create for ourselves or Postnatal qi can also be


classified into two kinds, i.e. heavenly qi and earthly qi.
Heavenly qi refers to the qi we inhale and exhale. Earthly
qi means the qi of water and grains. It is called earthly qi
because grains grow out of the earth. Actually it includes
all the essential and nutritive qi is absorbed from various
nutritious foods through the digestive system by out solid
and hollow bodily organs to maintain vital activities.
Only when filled with both heavenly qi and earthly qi,
can the human body carry on its vital activities.

Perseverance in doing Qigong exercise reflects your will


power and determination. Doing it by fits and starts or
doing it without perseverance will not produce good
results. So the most important thing in doing Qigong
exercise is perseverance.
The quality of doing Qigong exercise directly affects the
results. The aim of doing Qigong exercise is to build up
qi, or in other words, to cultivate or foster the true qi. To
have sufficient true qi means to be in excellent health.
The building up of true qi involves three modes of action:

While the prenatal qi is the foundation, the postnatal qi is


the source of material for the vital activities of the body.
They are both indispensable. The postnatal qi is the
material on which life relies for its maintenance. Ones
life and all their activities are motivated by the prenatal
qi and are supplemented by postnatal qi. The two act on
each other and rely upon each other, forming the true qi
for the body's vital activities.

1. To breathe essential and vital qi


2. To maintain a quiescent mental state and
3. To keep the body organs in harmony
(Familiar Conversations from the Huang Di Nei Jing)
These three modes of action are aimed at tempering the
focus of thought, the breath, and the postures, which are
known as the three essential factors of Qigong.
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Some of these movements are similar to the way in


which certain animals move, It is clear that in order for
an animal to survive in the wild, it must have an instinct
for how to protect its body. Part of this instinct is
concerned with how to build-up its Qi, and how to keep
its Qi from being lost. We humans have lost many of
these instincts over the years that we have been
separating ourselves from nature.

Medical Qigong - for Healing


Of all the groups studying Qigong in China, the doctors
have been at it the longest. Since the discovery of Chi
circulation in the human body over four thousand years
ago, the Chinese doctors have devoted a major portion of
their efforts to the study of manipulation of Qi. Their
efforts resulted in acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal
treatment.

Many doctors developed Qigong exercises, which were


modeled after animal movements to maintain health and
cure sickness.
In addition, using their medical
knowledge of Qi circulation, Chinese doctors researched
until they found which movements could help cure
particular illnesses and health problems.
Not
surprisingly, many of these movements were similar to
the ones used to maintain health, since many illnesses are
caused by an imbalance of Qi.

In addition, many Chinese doctors used their medical


knowledge to create different sets of Qigong exercises
either for maintaining health or for curing specific
illnesses. Many Chinese scholars taught static Qigong
using only standing or sitting meditation to regulate the
body, mind, and breathing. Chinese medical doctors
believed that doing as the scholars did, was not enough to
cure sickness. They believed that in order to increase the
Qi circulation, movement is necessary. Although a calm
and peaceful mind was important for health, exercising
the body was more important. They learned through
their medical practice that people who exercised properly
got sick less often, and their bodies degenerated less
quickly than was the case with people who just sat
around. They also realized that specific body movements
could increase the circulation of Qi in specific organs.
They reasoned that these exercises could also be used to
treat specific illnesses and to restore the normal
functioning of these organs.

When this imbalance continues for a long period of time,


the organs will be affected, and may be physically
damaged. Just like running a car without changing the
oil, in time, the engine will be damaged. Chinese doctors
believe that before physical damage to an organ shows up
in a patient's body, there is first an abnormality in the Qi
balance and circulation.

Abnormal qi circulation is the very beginning of


illness and physical organ damage.

Over the thousands of years of observing nature and


human nature, some Taoist Qigong practitioners went
even deeper. They realized that the body's Qi circulation
changes with the seasons periodic adjustments and that
it is a good idea to help the body out during these
seasonal changes by fasting and movement meditation.

When Qi is too strong (Yang) or too weak (Yin) in a


specific organ channel, that physical organ is beginning
to suffer damage. If you do not correct the Qi
circulation, that organ will malfunction or degenerate.
The best way to heal someone is to adjust and balance the
Qi even before there is any physical problem. Therefore,
correcting or increasing the normal Qi circulation is the
major goal of acupuncture or acupressure treatments.
Herbs and special diets are also considered important
treatments in regulating the Qi in the body.
As long as the illness is limited to the level of Qi
stagnation and there is no physical organ damage, the
Blue Dragon Qigong exercises used for maintaining
health can be used to readjust the Qi circulation and treat
the problem. However, if the sickness is already so
serious that the physical organs have started to fail, then
the situation has become critical and a specific treatment
is necessary. The treatment can be acupuncture, herbs, or
even an operation, as well as specific Blue Dragon
Qigong exercises designed to speed up the healing or
even to cure the sickness. For example, ulcers and
asthma can often be cured or helped by some simple
exercises. Recently in both mainland China and Taiwan,
certain Qigong exercises have been shown to be effective
in treating certain kinds of cancer.

They noticed also that in each season different organs


had characteristic problems.
For example, in the
beginning of Autumn, the Lungs have to adapt to the
colder air that you are breathing. The lungs are
susceptible to disturbance of wind and change, so your
lungs may feel uncomfortable and you may catch colds
easily. Your digestive system is also affected during
seasonal changes. When the temperature goes down, your
kidneys and bladder are affected by cold and when the
kidneys are stressed, you may feel pain in the back.

EXERCISE - To seek motion through


quiescence' means that in the state of quiescence you
make deliberate movements with intention to promote the
smooth flow of internal Qi (vital energy) and balance the
flow of Qi through the meridians. This obviously works
to promote the flow of internal Qi with external
movements and the flow of internal Qi is acquired in the
state of quiescence.

Benefits of Medical Qigong


Blue Dragon Qigong therapy has the following three
aspects or characteristics: Breathing, Meditation and
Exercise.
BREATHING - The inhaling of large amounts of
fresh air provides the body with adequate oxygen.
Therefore, blood circulation is intensified, physiological
function regulated, immuno-competence enhanced and
your health is strengthened. This is one of the basic
points of Blue Dragon Qigong therapy. As to how to
inhale and exhale, it will be explained in detail in the
Yin/Yang Balance and in the Breath-Regulating
Reinforcing Pattern.

Blue Dragon Qigong therapy promotes breathing,


relaxation and a flexible variety of exercise patterns. It's
easy to do and can also be performed by chronically ill
patients.
Standing Meditation

MEDITATION - To apply Medical Qigong therapy,


various kinds of breathing exercises, using different body
positions under the conditions of relaxation and
quiescence are required. In the course of postural and
breathing training, the point is to promote quiescence
with motion', and to seek motion through quiescence'
taking both motion and quiescence into consideration.
The cerebral cortex is put into a state of rest so as to
regulate the central nervous system. To "promote
quiescence with motion" means to let the central nervous
system have a rest in a state of low frequency vibration.

nutritional condition and therefore the digestive diseases


can be treated.

Beginning the Exercises

STARTING BLUE DRAGON FORM

THE OPEN-AND-CLOSE FORM


The term open-and-close refers to the opening and
closing of the Qi created by different postures. The
opening of the Qi is called the Microcosmic Orbit. In the
mental activities there is also an opening or expanding
intention in the abdomen. The closing of the Qi is guided
by the simultaneous inward movement of the hands and
arms toward the abdomen for a closing-up. The mind is
also concentrated on the abdomen. This is in fact what is
called abdominal breathing.
The opening means
inhaling, which makes the abdomen expand. The closing
means exhaling, which makes the abdomen contract.
The expansions and contractions of the abdomen result in
the mental concentration on the abdomen. Actually the
mind is focused on Dantian (Elixir Field). Dantian is an
area where the center is located at Qihai (the vital energy
sea) just three fingers below the umbilicus. The nerves in
this area are the plexus of Taiyang (major yang). If the
mind is concentrated on Dantian for a long time, there
would occur a Qigong reflex arc at the Taiyang plexus of
nerve endings around Dantian. So there forms a
conditioned reflex that causes the Taiyang plexus to
produce bio-electric-magnetic energy that spreads to the
surrounding tissue, impacts the small blood vessels to
dilate, reduces the pressure of the blood vessels so as to
improve blood circulation. This improves the general

The Standing BLUE DRAGON QIGONG Form can also


be called the Relaxed and Quiescent Technique. This
position of Blue Dragon Qigong exercise requires a
Relaxed Body Posture.
Keep the spine upright and suspend the Baihui Point.
Pull in the chin, shut the lips and touch the tongue tip to
the teeth ridge.
Drop the upper eyelids, permitting the eye to look
forward.
Tuck in the chest and relax the waist as well as the hips.
Keep both elbows outward to form hollowed armpits.
Pull in the stomach and lift the anus without any strain.
Bend the knees, turn them outward and then inward for a
round crotch.
Stand firm with feet flat and weight evenly distributed.
For good posture, attention is paid to softness, roundness
and fairness.
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is any, slowly and gradually as if it were sinking into


Dantian - the Point of Qihai (located at about 4 fingers
below the navel.

Explanation
The essentials of the body position of this pattern fall on
"roundness and softness". Roundness brings about the
free flowing of vital energy and softness can prevent
stiffness. The specific method is as follows: Stand
firmly with feet flat. Bend the knees slightly. Turn the
knees first outward and then inward. Return to the
original position, thus bringing about a round crotch.
Sink the vital energy and drop the seat slightly to make
the hips relaxed. Avoid using effort when pulling in the
stomach and lifting the anus. Once the thought reaches
these points, the result will be fine. To tuck in the chest
refers to pulling in slightly that part of the chest above
the pit of the stomach, avoiding any forward thrust of the
chest. The back of the body will be lifted when the spine
stands erect. It is somewhat contradictory to drop the
shoulders and hollow the armpits at the same time, but so
long as your attention is paid to the slight out-turning of
the elbows, you will get hollow armpits and dropped
shoulders. To get the head suspended, you should avoid
lifting the head with a stiff neck. When the chin is
slightly tucked in, the Point of Baihui will face the sky,
so the breath can flow freely. Closed eyes help prevent
the leakage of vital energy and shut eyes help prevent
the dispersing of vital energy. To make the tongue touch
the upper palate means to let the tip of the tongue tough
the upper teeth ridge. Do not use effort, otherwise, the
tongue will get stiff and sore. Swallow the saliva, if there

Qigong Opening Form


Start with hands one on top of another over
Dantian, move hands out to sides. Imagine an arc with
your hands pulling Qi from Kidneys into the Spine
(Governing Vessel) and up and over the top of your head
and down your midline (Conception Vessel). Do this
before and after each exercise. This is the microcosmic
orbit for balancing the Governing vessel and Conception
vessel meridians. These meridians are reservoirs of
energy. We fill or empty these reservoirs as necessary
before each exercise.

Visualization Practice
Imagine jumping rope in slow motion without
leaving the ground. Visualize your rope with a golden
ball in the middle. Grasping the handles go up on your
toes while breathing in. Pull the energy (golden ball) up
your spine and down your front while you exhale slowly.
When doing this form of exercise, you can think either of
the actions or of nothing at all. When you are skilled,
you can imagine opening your Elixir Field (dantian) wide
enough that pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites and
fungi) can be expelled, and when closing it, is sealed so
that these pathogenic factors cannot get in.
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Blue Dragon Qigong Closing Form


The closing form is identical to the starting form.
You do the closing form after every Qigong exercise.
The purpose of doing the closing form is to bring the
internal energy (Qi) created through the Qigong exercise
back into Dantian. As the saying goes: "Doing Qigong
exercise without a closing form means to have thrown
away what you have gained." Something is gained from
both "open" and "close".

Yin / Yang Balancing


In between each exercise we balance the Yin and
Yang, from left to right. With eyes closed and feet
shoulder width apart send the energy (Qi) from the center
of one palm (Laogong) into the center of the other while
inhaling and exhaling. It does not matter which hand you
start with. Nine complete breaths of inhalation and
exhalation will balance the energy that is created by each
exercise. Bring the tip of your tongue to the base of the
gums of your two front teeth and keep your eyes closed.
This is the time to quiet your mind, slow your heartbeat
and control your breath. Do this between each exercise.
In ancient China, saliva was called gold fluid or jade
fluid and was always considered a treasure, so swallow
your saliva slowly

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Exercise # I

4.
Continuing to stretch outward as much as possible,
swing arms slowly around to the sides, raised slightly
upward. Stretch. Turn palms slowly over too face the
ceiling. Hold for eight counts.

Heavenly stems and earthly branches synthesize


the movement of the entire body after ascending.
Open and close it after descending

5.
Still stretching, slowly swing arms upward,
twisting palms around so they face the ceiling, and bring
hands above forehead so the fingertips almost touch.
Raise head as if looking at hands. Eyes still closed.
Really stretch. Hold for eight counts. Bring hands down
to waist together, palms facing each other, in front of
body.

PURPOSE: Activate Qi of Heaven & Earth


VISUALIZATION: Human beings are a mixture of two
types of energy, heaven and earth. In this first exercise
you must imagine pulling the Qi of earth up into your
body and stretching up and pulling down the heavenly Qi
into your body. Be aware of source Qi from wrists,
elbows and shoulders when stretching.

6.
Repeat #s 1-5: On #4, tilt open hands forward
and backward at wrist, four times in one direction and
four times in the other. Repeat both motions. The first
series keep the fingers closed. On the second series,
open them.

STARTING STANCE: Balanced, with feet directly


under shoulders.
1.
Pull hands up to chest height and then stretch arms
out in front, lean forward a bit at the waist and continue
stretching out in front as far as possible, palms to the
floor, fingers together. Look straight ahead.
2.
Twist palms to outside and swing arms out to side
and back around, like breaststroke, still stretching. Bring
hands back into chest and stretch out forward once again,
palms up, still leaning forward.
3.
Turn palms over to face floor, close eyes, and,
stretching arms forward with maximum strength,
straighten up. Hold for eight counts.

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Exercise #1

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First series keep the fingers closed. On the second set open the fingers.
first series keep the fingers closed. On the second set open the fingers.

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Exercise # II

At daybreak, in the faint warmth of the


morning, the bear plays and the phoenix flies.
PURPOSE: Activate EARTH - Spleen/Stomach,
VISUALIZATION: You can activate your Qi with
proper use of the eyes. In exercise you must be conscious
of keeping your head and eyes in contact with Laogong
(energy center of palm). As you breath in and expand
your lungs you can visualize the Qi moving up your
spleen meridian from the tip of the big toe up the leg and
abdomen to the ribs to the last point on the meridian
which energies both the Lungs and the Stomach. As you
exhale you activate Spleen 21 by consciously collapsing
your ribs. On the second set of movements you will
activate the Stomach meridian so be conscious of moving
the Qi from your eyes down through the jaw and neck
through the ribs, abdomen and leg to end at the tip of the
second toe.
From the collarbone, a branch follows the superficial
channel down to the breast and abdomen to pass through
the groin (St. 30). Another branch from the stomach
connects with this point St. 30 (groin). From this point it
follows the superficial channel to turn along the anterior
aspect of the upper leg and the anterior border of the tibia
to end at the second toe. There is a connecting channel
that links the stomach and spleen. A branch from ST40
links with the Spleen. Another branch runs along the

The stomach channel starts from the lateral side of the


nose. It ascends along the nose and goes internal in the
corner of the eye and enters the upper gums. It curves
around the lips and runs along the lower jaw and ascends
in front of the ears to reach the forehead. A branch goes
down to the throat and the collarbone. It then passes
through the diaphragm, enters the stomach and the
spleen.
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anterior border of the tibia up to the thigh and abdomen


to the top of the head where it converges with the other
Yang channels. A branch separates from the neck and
goes forward to the throat.

center of the tongue. From the stomach a branch goes


through the diaphragm and links with the heart.
STARTING STANCE: Balanced, with feet directly
under shoulders. Sink or root your Qi, Eyes open. Swing
left hand, open hand cupped and fingertips pointing
slightly upward directly in front of nose. Right hand
moves in unison with left, coming over in front of belly
button. Note: This position feels like you are holding a
barrel of wet air, which builds Yin Qi.
1.
Without moving your lower body, which is rooted,
twist your waist to left side in a smooth, relaxed motion.
Head follows hand, looking closely at it, as if reading a
book in the open palm. At the end of the movement the
left hand flips slightly down and to the outside to
emphasize the flowing motion. Bend your body at the
waist along with the movement of the flow. Bring the
right hand from the waist up to eye level and then twist to
right. Repeat the movement to each side eight times.
2.
Make the same basic movements but raise the
leading hand up and over the head. Hand starts at waist
and comes up at a 45 angle as far as you can reach.
Twist to opposite side and follow hand with eyes as tilt
head upward. Trailing hand comes back across at waist
level. Make a circular up and out movement, faster and
more twisting than earlier one. Execute movement to
each side eight times.

The Spleen meridian starts on the outside corner of the


big toe and moves up the foot and leg to enter the
abdomen at a space between the fourth and fifth rib in a
line directly from your armpit. It then enters the spleen
and stomach from where it ascends traveling through the
diaphragm and reaching the esophagus. It ends at the
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Exercise #2

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Exercise # III

The Lung meridian originates in the middle of the chest.


It descends to connect with the large intestine and then
ascends to the stomach, passes through the diaphragm
and enters the lung. From there it ascends to the throat
and then emerges about two inches below the corner of
the collarbone and descends along the medial aspect of
the arm and reaches the wrist. It then goes to the heel of
the hand and ends at the medial side of the tip of the
thumb.

The wind blows in the lofty peaks, and the


Phoenix spreads its wings.
PURPOSE: Activate METAL - Lung & Large Intestine
Channels
VISUALIZATION: The Superficial Lung Meridian
flows down the arm in line with the thumb. The
Superficial Large Intestine Meridian Flows up the arm
from the tip of the index finger into the neck and crosses
over to end next to the nose. In the first movement,
which is down and out, your visualization is to move the
Qi from the lungs down to the hands and large intestine.
The squatting position activates the internal circulation of
the large intestines. In the second movement, which is
up and out we take the energy from the fingers down into
the lungs and large intestines.

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The Qi flows into the Large Intestine meridian from the


outside corner of the nail of the index finger and runs up
the back of the arm and into the neck and then crosses the
face and ends next to the nose. There is also an internal
circulation of the large intestines, which is connected to
the lungs.

STARTING STANCE: Feet together, cross open hands,


right over left palms facing inward in front at upper chest
level.
1.
Sink down, bending knees, as swing arms down
and to the outside. As bring arms out and up, rise up into
straightened position, then sink down again as swing
arms back downward. Make concentric crossing circles,
like a big pendulum - fastest at bottom, bouncing up and
slowing toward the top. Let arms really swing out - as if
throwing them away - very loosely, but not wildly always controlled. Look straight ahead. Do five times
and stop at bottom of swing with hands, backs to each
other, between legs.
2.
Reverse by raising hands at middle and bringing
them out and down to the sides. Do five times and stop
at top of swing with hands, palms inward, crossed in
front as in beginning.
3.
Repeat #s 1 and 2. At very end bring hands down
in front and start right into basic opening/closing
movement.

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Exercise # III

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Exercise # IV

The tiger squats in the mountain range,


and its roar frightens in all directions

The Heart Meridian originates from the heart and enters


the lungs and emerges in the armpit from where it joins
the superficial channel running along the medial aspects
of the arm to end at the medial side of the tip of the little
finger. The superficial Heart meridian starts in the center
of the armpit and flows down the inside of the arm in line
with the little finger. A branch descends through the
diaphragm and connects with the small intestine.
Another branch ascends to the throat and eye.

PURPOSE: Activates FIRE - Heart & Small Intestines


Releases Liver Qi congestion
VISUALIZATION:
Visualize the small intestine meridian as you punch in the
first set of movements. In the second set of movements
when you thrust and withdraw be conscious of the heart
meridian as you bend the wrist and little finger. In the
third set be conscious of your heart as you pull your arms
back and expand your chest.

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STARTING STANCE: Move left foot out to side in


horse stance.
1.
Twist to the left and strike upward with right hand,
fist closed loosely. Simultaneously turn your head to the
left and look at the punch. Left hand is tucked in fist at
your side. Strike in a smooth, controlled, manner, not
hard or sharp. Reverse movement to right. Execute eight
times to each side.
2.
Twist to left and shoot right hand out in claw,
fingers spread wide open, to the head at left side,
fingertips up. No stopping. Twist wrist way around to
the left, so that palm faces ceiling and slowly grab,
articulating each finger and the bend of each knuckle.
Do not bend thumb, which stays straight out. As you
grab, withdraw your hand at medium speed. Keep hand
somewhat relaxed. Do not grab tightly. Look at hands,
Reverse to right. Execute movement eight times to each
side.

The Qi flows into the Small Intestine meridian from the


outside corner of the nail of the little finger and moves up
the back of the arm and zigzags through the shoulder
blade and then up the neck and cheek to end just outside
the ear.

3.
Face forward and shoot both hands out from
armpits, at shoulder height. Fingers are spread open and
pointing forward, palms facing ground. Make a claw by
bending hand at wrist, so that fingers point to ground,
then curl fingers into palm, thumb sticking out, as
withdraw hands quickly, snappily, but not sharply.
Stretch chest as withdraw. Execute movement eight
times.
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Exercise # IV
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Exercise # V

Dispersing the clouds to see the sun,


the white monkey cultivates his breath.
PURPOSE: Balances Fire - Pericardium and Triple
Heater meridians. Activates Water & Metal
VISUALIZATION: This exercise is a continuation of the
previous exercise because they both activate fire.
Visualize holding your Qi Ball. As you move it in a
complete circle to the left, up and over your head, your
inside left arm(pericardium) and outside right arm (triple
heater) are activated with Qi. Both channels encircle the
heart. As you push back with the left arm extended, this
movement activates the pericardium. As you bring your
right elbow back it activates the triple heater channel.
When you reverse to the right the opposite channels are
activated
The Triple Heater Meridian starts on the back of the
hand at the tip of the ring finger and goes up the arm into
the shoulder and ends on the face next to the ear.

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