STRETCHING ONE HAND SKYWARD LEFT & RIGHT ALTERNATELY TO SOOTH THE SPLEEN AND STOMACH – THIRD 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 Third Brocade or ” Stretching One Hand Skyward Left & Right Alternately to Sooth the Spleen & Stomach ” is used to balance the Earth Element in Chinese Medicine . The Spleen & Stomach are the Digestive Element and are how the body extracts energy from food. It is considered Central Equilibrium and it’s balance has a profound effect on the other Elements . This can be paired with an inaudible “HU” sound to increase effectiveness . i feel that the western counterpart of this sound is similar to the sound that one would make once danger has past . This energetic release requires a pursing of the lips . The lips are considered the external of the Earth Element. One’s lip color will reveal the condition of one’s Digestive System . This is why we are attracted to red lips as this would indicated an abundance of blood . This is ideal when considering reproduction and is observed on a primitive subconscious level . To start the exercise step out to the left and Hook Step in to 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 Guide & Guard the hands down towards the Kua or Inguinal Crease and seat the palms . Spiral the left palm up the centerline pinky leading to arrive one fist’s width from the hairline . The right palm seats at the waist line . Exhale while stretching the left palm 45 Degrees upward being careful not to unseat the shoulder joint Guided & guarded by the eyes and press the right palm downward with An Jin to arrive seated at side center . Release the tension and Guide & Guard the upper hand downward to no lower than 45 Degrees below the horizon and then pick up the rising right hand and Guide & guard it to to upper position one fist’s width distance from the hairline while the left seated palm arrives at the waistline in harmony with the upper palm’s arrival at it’s target center . Stretch both hands in balanced opposition with a silent “HU” sound . This makes one cycle . repeat the cycle 8 times and after the last expression , coil the right palm down the centerline Guided & Guarded by the eyes to not more than 45 Degrees below the horizon , then raise the eyes/ Crown Point in balanced opposition to the Embracing Palms creating an An Jin then with an inhale Guiding & Guarding the hands up with the eyes and then rotating around the still elbows 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 .