BENDING AND GRASPING THE FEET WILL STRENGTHEN THE KIDNEYS
This is the eighth of eight exercises known as the Eight Pieces of Brocade or Ba Duan Jin . These Dao Yin are over 900 years old and one of my essential exercises . These are foundational exercises that prepare the body for receiving and storing energy . These are not to be confused with other moving qigong that are often practiced after the stillness portion of the training . These eight exercises balance the energy and emotions in the simplest terms . This exercise is called ” Bending & Grasping the Feet will Strengthen the Kidneys ” . Strengthening the Kidneys is somehow a part of every Qigong set /exercise . The Kidneys are the Water Element and it is the interaction of Fire and Water that is Alchemy . When the Kidneys are strong, the endocrine system is strong as well . When the endocrine system is healthy, the bloodstream will have an abundance of hormones and endorphins . When these are plentiful , they will create a sense of vigor and wellbeing . To start the exercise step out to the left and Hook Step into a Natural Stance . The open hands first coil down the side seams in opposition of the crown point rising to stabilize while hook stepping. Once the heel is set, turn the waist forward, drilling downward while Guiding & Guarding the open palms up to the ” Holding the Camera” position. This is the opening movement .Then exhale and Guide & Guard the hands down towards the Kua or Inguinal Crease and seat the palms as the eyes and crown point rise in balanced opposition . The Eyes continue above the horizon and you arch your back then inhale as the Palms roll out and up to stretch overhead facing palm to palm with you pausing on the balls on your feet . Exhale and lower your palms and heels in harmony as you sit down grasping your knees and not letting them past your toes . Gaze down and relax your lower back letting Gravity stretch it . Then grasp your toes and inhale straightening your legs and pressing your Ming Men / Gv -4 skyward while pulling upward on the front of your feet . Lift your head and look forward to complete the posture . Now exhale and squat down again and repeat for four cycles total before rising up on your toes and starting another set of four repetitions . To complete the set inhale and rise up on the toes , pause, and then exhale and Guide & Guard the hands downward with an exhale while pressing downward to the level of the Solar Plexus then continue pressing downward while the eyes and crown point press upward in balanced opposition . Then relax when complete .