Advanced level

After you have practised these stretches for a year or two, you can progress to the advanced levels.

First, instead of transferring your weight to the outer leg of the arc of your stretch, do the opposite. For example, when you bend over to the left, transfer your full weight to your left leg. Keep it straight as you bend over on that side, and allow your right heel to lift slightly off the ground. Do this for the sequence of eight stretches.

After practising the exercise in this new way for about a year - to increase the stretch and adjust your sense of balance — you can advance to a further level.

As you breathe out and bend over to the left, imagine a magnetic current running between your left foot (which is flat on the floor, bearing all your weight) and your two hands (which are forming an arc toward the ground). Imagine the magnetic force is pulling with 20 per cent of its strength. Finish breathing out. Stay relaxed, without

COMPLETING THE EXERCISE

Breathe in as you come up and repeat to the right side. Complete four stretches to each side alternately.

changing position, and take a small breath.

Breathe out again, this time imagining the force has increased to 40 per cent of its strength, pulling your hands closer to the ground. Then relax and breathe in, staying in that position. Complete eight pulls on that side, and progressively increase the power of the magnet to 100 per cent of its strength.

Then straighten up and repeat the same exercise stretching to the right side.

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Qigong also spelled Ch'i Kung is a potent system of healing and energy medicine from China. It's the art and science of utilizing breathing methods, gentle movement, and meditation to clean, fortify, and circulate the life energy qi.

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