Understanding Zhan Zhuang

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 2, the Tan Tien is the focus of the Chi network in your body. It also functions like a reservoir. When you practise Tan Tien breathing, the Chi that you breathe in descends to this area. When the reservoir is full it acts like a pump, sending more and more Chi into a circuit around your body. It flows from the Tan Tien down your legs to your feet, then back up through your body to your arms, along your arms to your hands, and then back along your arms and neck up to your head. From there the circuit returns to the powerhouse of the Tan Tien.

The Zhan Zhuang positions enhance this flow. Raising and extending your arms reduces constraints on your internal organs and induces the Chi to flow into your hands and then up to your head. Bending your legs greatly increases the pressure of the Chi returning from your feet. All the Zhan Zhuang positions in this book, and the use of imaginary balloons and straps for support, are carefully designed to develop and adjust the flow of Chi along this circuit.

Imagine that a strap runs from your neck to your urists, supporting them, and encouraging the flow ofChi.

Hold your belly, or a large, imaginary balloon, with your fingertips, so gently that there is no tension in your urists or fingers.

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Hold your belly, or a large, imaginary balloon, with your fingertips, so gently that there is no tension in your urists or fingers.

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Your wrists are supported by an imaginary strap running around the back, ofyour neck. This reduces tension in your arms and wrists, and so prevents blockages in the circulation ofyourChi.

Two balls floaton the surface of a running stream. You remain motionless, steadying them. Your outstretched arms encourage thefloiv of Chi into your arms and head.

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