"Separating Water" for a shapely figure




Stand with feet fairly close together. Hold both hands in front of you at shoulder level, with your thumbs down, your palms facing forward, and your fingers almost touching, as in Figure 11.4. Keeping your elbows straight, your arms at shoulders level and your palms at right angles to your wrists, move your arms apart. At the same time breathe gently and fully through your nose into your chest.Slowly raise your chest as high as you can as you breathe in, and visualize good cosmic energy nourishing and strengthening your bust. Pause for one or two seconds. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth.

Repeat this `separating water' movement ten times, gradually increasing to about twenty times as you progress. `To complete the exercise, after you have moved your arms apart for the last time, without moving your arms turn your palms so that they face downwards, then lower your arms to your sides and simultaneous breathe out through your mouth.

Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, with your arms hanging loosely at your sides. Rotate your hips about thirty times as if you were doing a hula dance. You can start in other direction. Then rotate your hips the other way the same number of times.

Next, close your eyes, remain still and think of chi circulating round your waist. When you start to move, follow the momentum and enjoy the circular chi flow, moving involuntarily. Gently think of your chi your flesh at the right places. After about ten minutes, or when you are satisfied, think of your movements coming to a gentle stop. Complete the exercise with a face massage as tYplained above.

If you already have a good figure and want these exercises to maintain or enhance it,
perform all four exercises:If you have a `spare tyre', practice only Lifting the Sky and
Drawing the 'boon for about three months before adding the other two exercises.

Lifting the Sky,
Drawing the Moon,
Separating Water
Circular Chi Flow.

Tai Chi -Poetry in Motion


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