#10: Riding the Waves

General Description

Recommended Repetitions: 12 to 24, or more
Movement: Raise arms up and lower them down, pelvic tilting on the down motion.
Purpose: Balances the energy flow vertically in the body.
Main Qigong Principle: Move with the lymph rhythm.

Description of the Physical Movements

This exercise is like the starting move in many Tai Chi Chuan forms.
Inhaling, perform a pelvic tilt with a slight knee bend while raising the arms in front of you to about shoulder height. Exhaling, lower the arms to the level of the pelvis while straightening the knees slightly and coming to pelvic neutral. Keep the elbows soft and heavy, bent toward the earth. Let the wrists wave like seaweed in the surf as you raise and lower the arms.

Modifying the Exercise

If you are the type of person who has too much energy in your head, be sure and focus on keeping the vertical flowing up-and-down movement in the legs and torso.

Mental Focus

Feel, and visualize the energies of the Earth and Heavens moving through you. Earth Qi rises as your arms rise (and knees bend.) Heaven Qi travels down through you as the arms lower (and the knees straighten.)

Energetic Movements

With the inhale, Qi rides up through the body from feet to head. On the exhale, Qi flows down to the feet.

Lymph Flow

A significant part of what Qi is–as it is experienced in the body–is the full and fluid flow of the lymph. A strong and regular lymph flow will cause a pleasant, deep relaxation in the whole body. This brings faster healing to both acute and chronic problems, and robust immunity to diseases. By inhaling for 3 seconds on the rising arm motions; and then exhaling for three seconds on the lowering arm motions, you will get in synch with the rhythm of lymph flow in the body. This is a strong method of assisting the immunity of the body.

Raise the arms

Raise the arms

Be sure to tilt the pelvis

Be sure to tilt the pelvis

Lower the arms

Lower the arms