This is one of the most potent of the eight exercises. It has a powerful effect on your central nervous system and the circulation of both blood and Chi to your head. It stimulates the vital power of your kidneys. It also strengthens the activity of your eyeballs, your neck and shoulder muscles, and your nerves, and is excellent for alleviating high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.
CAUTION Do not practise this Ba Duan Jin exercise when pregnant.
Begin by lifting your arms from the Wu Chi position (see p. 64) so that you hold a large imaginary balloon between your arms and your chest.
STARTING THE EXERCISE
1. Turn your entire upper body from your hips, to the left. Breathe out as you move, and turn your palms outward as if pushing a large beach ball away from you. When you have turned as far asyourhips will allow, finish breathing out and hold the position for one second. Check that your hands are still opposite the front ofyour chest and not skewed sideways by excessive twisting ofyour upper back and shoulder's.
2. Turn back toward the front as you breathe in. Asyou move, turn your hands back inward to their original position, embracing the invisible balloon between your arms and chest. Relax and stay in this position for one second and finish breathing in.
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