Ba Duan Jin (8 Treasures Qi Gong)
The Ba Duan Jin (8 treasures, eight silk brocade) is one of the oldest known forms of QiGong. Because of its age a staggering number of variations have been made with a variety of theoretical correlations. As with all forms of QiGong or Martial Arts when practicing we must understand the reasons behind the movements. Movement without purpose is meaningless and thought without action is a daydream. This text and video is meant to be a supplement to classes taught by an endorsed instructor from The Tai Chi Life and is not meant as standalone information.
Two Hands Press the Heavens
This movement opens the Three Burners and increases circulation throughout the body. With the arms stretch to the heavens it is the most Yang movement in the form. While pressing the heavens we must always remember that we are connected to the earth so we do not float away.
Chinese Meridian System: Triple Burner
Trigram: Chien, Heaven
Phase: Intense Yang
Separate Heaven and Earth
Draw the Bow to Shoot the Vulture
This movement opens the chest and lungs while teaching us to drop our breath into the dan tien. As we shift our stance from side to side feel the interplay of yin and yang. Our eyes are open wide to see the target in the distance.
Chinese Meridian System: Lung, Liver, Spleen, Kidney
Trigram: Sun, Wind
Wise Owl Gazes Backwards
Sway Head Shake Tail
Two Hands Hold the Feet
First we stretch the Du Mai opening from our tail bone though our spine to the top of the head. Then we reach down to touch the bubbling spring at the base of our feet. The kidneys are massaged vigorously the the end of this movement.
Chinese Meridian System: Kd, Du Mai
Trigram: Tui, Lake