DRAWING THE BOW LIKE SHOOTING VULTURES – THE SECOND BROCADE
This is the second of eight exercises known as Ba Duan Jin or the Eight Pieces of Brocade . 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 . The Second Brocade or Drawing the Bow like Shooting Vultures is an internal organ massage and also releases heat from the Heart and Pericardium . It releases heat via the Zhong Chong /Pericardium 9 Point and motivated by the expression of the “HA” sound . Dr. Xie Peiqi said ” when your child’s hands are cold , you will blow warmth onto their hands with a “HA” sound ; you already know how to blow out the heat “. Step out to the left and Hook Step in to a Horse 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 . The palms rotate (coil out ) from the side center up to the “Holding the Camera ” Position, then they both slowly drop and rub/embrace the belly as the hands coil into fists starting with the pinky and ending with the thumb. Turn the torso 45 degrees to the left with a gathering Inhale and return to center. Then turn 45 Degrees to the left again and draw the Jian Jue ( “sword secret” hand position with the index and middle finger pointing and the thumb touching the ring finger ) to the left flank with another Inhale .Then turn back to center and project the heat out of Zhong Chong with an inaudible “HA” sound . Let the head move with the body in this example and do not let the hands outside your peripheral vision as this will defect the Shoulder Joint. Now change the Jian Jue into a two finger bow string grasping hand while turning 45 Degrees to the right thus repeating the “shooting ” action to the right . Repeat this cycle 8 times “shooting” left and right alternately 16 times total . Complete the exercise by raising up from the crown point with an inhale guiding & guarding the hands up with the eyes and then Guide & Guard the hands downward with an exhale while pressing the hands 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 .