The sixth position variations

First Position Standing Tree Chi Kung

The next six variants on this position are achieved as you place your hands in each of the subsequent Zhan Zhuang positions Holding your Belly (third position), Standing in the Stream (fourth position), and Holding the Balloon in Front of your Face (fifth position). Do each, first of all placing your full weight on your left leg and the next time on your right leg. PRACTICAL TIPS Do not sink lower than 5cm (2in) in any of these positions when placing your weight on one leg. Just concentrate on...

Wu Chi the first position

Wuji Posture

All Zhan Zhuang training begins with this position, which is profoundly important. Even at extraordinarily advanced levels of exercise, we begin with a period of quiet standing in the Wu Chi position - the position of primal energy. The Wu Chi position involves simply standing still. It is an opportunity to pay careful attention to the tensions in your body and its nervous system. At the same time it becomes a moment of powerful, deep relaxation in your day. Simple as it may seem, this opening...

Understanding Zhan Zhuang

Zhan Zhuang Knees Problem

Students of Zhan Zhuang usually want to know all about the theory behind the practice, and where it will take them. Are these exercises of any use Am I hurting myself In the Orient, students must place their complete trust in their master. They know better than to question their teacher's unusual methods. In the West, this tradition of learning is largely unknown. It may therefore help to give just a simplified explanation of what happens as you stand in these positions. As explained in Chapter...

Zhan Zhuang for women

Unlike some exercise systems, which treat women and men differently, Zhan Zhuang can be practised in exactly the same way by both sexes. Because of a woman's child-bearing capacity, there are some special circumstances in her life where Zhan Zhuang exercises can be of particular help before and during menstrual periods and in connection with childbirth. THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE The menstrual cycle causes major changes in a woman's body every month. Many women experience pain during their periods,...