Three basic Qigong postures can be held — standing, sitting or lying down. The standing posture was described in Levels of meditation, see photograph 1. The sitting posture is much the same — sit on a chair with feet flat on the floor and the back straight. One of those old wooden kitchen chairs is ideal. Hold the palms in front as for the standing posture and vary the intensity by either moving the palms out for more effect or pulling them in if the exercise becomes too tiring. Clear the mind and concentrate on getting the breath down.
The lying position requires the same mind attitude as the others, but is good for the elderly and those in poor health. Lie on your bed or on the floor Hold your palms over your chest with fingers pointing towards each other as shown in photograph 4. You may vary the intensity by lifting your arms higher, or holding the palms further apart. A subconscious flow of ch'i should be felt in the palms i.e. as if the palms want to move themselves in and out with the breath.
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