Form Five Pulling Nine Oxen by Tails

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Pithy Formula

The front leg is a bow and the back an arrow;

The lower abdomen is filled with qi as if hollow.

The strength is directed to the two arms,

As if seizing something with the palms,

And the eyes look inwardly at the hand they follow.

Posture and Essentials

Proceed from the last stance. Take the right hand off the right Yaoyan (Extra), drop it slightly, turn it naturally into yin palm and thrust it forward until it is up to shoulder level. Then bring the fingers together to form a spreading-claw gesture with the wrist bent a little, the fingers pointing inwardly to the right and the strength focused on the inner side of the wrist. Along with the above movements, the right leg takes a big step forward and bends, the left leg stretches straight to form a forward lunge (the front leg is like a bow and the back an arrow as in martiar arts or gymnastics).At the same time, drop the left hand and thrust it backwards to the left with the fingers close to each other, the tips pointing upwards and outwards and the wrist and arms bent a little. The right hand is held at the level of the forehead, and the left completes an angle of 15 degrees with the straightened left leg (Fig. 4-14).

Change the last stance, getting the left leg bent, the right straight and the left hand up and the right down in the same way as required in the first procedure. Perform each procedure 6 or 12 respiratory cycles.

Respiration and Mind Concentration

* Fig. 4-14 Pulling Nine Oxen by the Tails

This form needs also nasal inhaling and mouth exhaling. Imagine that your hands are in a line as if pulling the tail of an ox. When inhaling, look at the front hand with inward-vision and pull it; when exhaling, look at the hand with inward-vision and lean the body forward a little as if to seize the tail, The forward and backward movement'of the body should be in coordination with the fluctuation of qi in Dantian at the lower abdomen. The legs, waist, back, shoulders and the elbows, too, move or vibrate correspondingly with the forward-seizing and backward—pulling movement.,

6. Form Six Stretching Paws and Spreading Wings Pithy Formula

Stand erect and stare glaringly,

Push the window open to look at the moon steadily.

Topple the mountain and return the tide,

With respiration in guide,

And do it seven rounds straightly.

Posture and Essentials

Proceed from the last stance. Take the advantage of the "backward-pulling", get the bent leg back to stand with heels closed. Draw back the hands and hold them at the hypochondria, fingers straight upward and palms facing the front, to form "mountain-toppling palms".

Then push the " mountain-toppling palms" slowly for-ward.The forward pushing is very gentle as if pushing a window open. Stop the pushing when the shoulders, elbows and wrists are at the same level, then separate the fingers forcefully, keep the body straight, hold the breath, open the eyes widely, look straight ahead without any movement of the eyeballs or even a blink, and concentrate the mind on the palms (Fig. 4-15).

Respiration With Palms Pressing
Fig. 4-15 Stretching Paws and Spreading Wings

f inally draw the "mountain-toppling palms" back slowly until they touch the hypochondria. Do the pushing and withdrawing for 9 or 18 respiratory cycles. Respiration and Mind Concentration Take nasal inhaling and mouth exhaling. Exhale when pushing gently forward, but hold breath somewhat when the arms are straight and begin to push with force to stretch the arms as much as possible as if gathering all the strength to topple a mountain. Exhale when drawing the palms back. Concentrate the attention on the two palms. Effect

This form is designed mainly for training qi of the Channels of Hand-Taiyang and Foot-Taiyang. When respiration anS movements are quite coordinative after a certain period of practice, qi will circulate all over the body. With the help of the movements and breathing, the palms and fingers are full of energy. When they are pushed but and fully strectched, the practitioner can get a sensation like electric discharge at Laogong (P 8). The versed practitioner may feel that he is enjoying the sight of a bright moon as if a white light revolves around the two palms or the bright moonbeam spreads all over the sky. When the hands are drawn back, he may feel that qi is returning from the palms to the body like the returning of the tide. The form is important for training pushing, pulling and leading manipulations with flat-palm and spreading-claw hand gestures in outgoing-qi therapy.

7. Form Seven Nine Ghosts Pulling Out Sabres Pithy Formula

Hold the head and pull the ear, Keep the right armpit open and the left closed, Vibrate Kunlun with the right hand, And touch the interscapular region with the left. Change hands and repeat the same with the body stretched and erect.

Posture and Essentials Proceed from the last stance. Stretch the arms sideways with the palms downwards. Raise the right arm towards the back of the head and apply the palm to Yuzhenguan(the occiput pass). Press and pull the tip of the left ear (point Tiancheng, G B 9) with the index, middle and ring fingers, and keep the shoulder and the elbow parallel and the right armpit open. The left hand draws the half circle leftwards until the back of the palm touches the interscapular region. Keep the left armpit closed tightly (Fig. 4-16).

Then stretch the arms sideways again. Exchange the movements of the hands and do the same procedure mentioned above. Perform the two procedures alternately for 14 or 28 respiratory cycles.

Respiration and Mind Concentration This form needs nasal inhaling and mouth exhaling. When inhaling, concentrate on the tip of the lifted elbow, which is pulled upward a little, and move the head and neck in

Fig. 4-16 Nine Ghosts Pulling Out Sabres

Fig. 4-16 Nine Ghosts Pulling Out Sabres coordination with the manipulation of the hand. When exhaling, concentrate on the Outer Laogong (P 8) of the hand set at the interscapular area, and move qi down to Dantian. Effect

The practice of this form activates qi of the Channels of Hand-Taiyang and Foot-Taiyang to make the two channels connected with the channels of Hand—Shaoyin and Foot-Shaoyin. During practice, the posture, breathing and the mental activities are in perfect harmony and the circulation of qi is continuous. In cooperation with breathing and the hand-pulling, the head and the elbows tense and relax alternately, with qi descending slowly down to Dantian. Qi should flow naturally and should not be guided to go up and down. The breathing should be gentle, the body should be relaxed and the qi Circulation should be particularly slow and deep. The back of the hand is rested on the back of the body naturally as if it were attracted by the back, and it is as ifthat is a line joining the two hands through the ear. The form is essential for training pushing, pulling and leading manipulations with one— finger-meditation, sword—fingers and flat—palm land gestures.

8. Form Eight Three Dishes Falling to the Ground Pithy Formula

The tongue is rested on the hard palate, The eyes are open and the teeth gnashed, The legs are bent in a horse stance, And the hands are pressing and holding! The palms are turned and raised upwards, As if a great amount of weight is added; With oral exhaling and nasal inhaling,

The feet are set firm and the body straight.

Posture and Essentials

Proceed from the last stance. Raise and stretch out the arms to both sides to form a straight line at shoulder level, with the palms facing floor. At the same time, the left foot takes a big step to the left to keep about 0.7- 1.7m between the two feet (the distance can be altered according to the height of the individual practitioners).

Then bend the knees and squat down slowly to form a horse stance,with the chest drawn in, the back straightened, the angle between the thigh and shank being 90 degrees. Simultaneously, press the two yin palms downwards until they are at the knee level. The movement should be slow, and the strength exerted steadily, with tongue pressed against the palate and eyes wide open (Fig. 4—17).

Foot Taiyang
Fig. 4-17 Three Dishes Falling to the Ground Finally turn palms up into yang palms. Picturing holding

something, movef the palms upwards along the straightening movement of the legs until they are at chest level. Do the exercise for 3 — 5 respiratory cycles repeatedly at the first stage of practice, and up to 11 when one is experienced.

Respiration and Mind Concentration

Exhale by mouth when squatting down and let qi down to Dantian. Concentrate the mind on the two palms as if pressing an elastic thing. Inhale by nose at rise and concentrate the mind also on the palms as if holding a heavy thing.

Ejfeci

During the practice of this form with yin and yang corresponding with each other, qi will move in endless circles along the Channels of Hand-Shaoyin, Foot- Shaoyin, HandTaiyang and Foot-Taiyang. When the hands are pressed downwards, the practitioner may feel his hands extends, and the centre of his palms tingles as if electricity was being discharged from the point Laogong (P 8). The pressing should be slow and continous like pressing a force recoiling from the ground. At this time, one may feel that he is holding some heavy things, and qi will rush from the fingertips straightly through the palms and the upper arms and finally descend to Dantian. This form is the basic exercise for training pushing, pulling and leading manipulations with one-finger-meditation and five-thunder-fingers hand gestures of guiding and emitting qi.

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