Meaning: Yu means ride or control. Feng means wind. The wind, or air, stands for the Qf. The wind follows the tiger. Where there is wind, there is tiger energy. Wind is a reference to the breath of nature, as well as to the naturalness and unrestrained manner of the tiger.7 Like the wind, the tiger comes and goes as it pleases, showing up suddenly and unexpectedly—sometimes with devastating force. As a pathological influence, wind is "the principal of all diseases," according to the Huangdi Neijing, just as the tiger is often regarded as the principal of all vicious and harm-bringing animals. Xia means descend, lower, or down. Shan means mountain. Xia Shan symbolizes the return of the enlightened hermit to civilization. Yu Feng literally means riding the wind; in other words, how to control the energy and live in a harmonious state. Yu Feng also symbolizes flying.
Ancient shamanic stories tell us that the tiger is a bridge for the human being to reach Heaven. The symbolic meaning of this movement is that a hermit, having attained Enlightenment, descends back down to the mundane world to assist the rest of humanity. After a long stay on the mountain, the hermit has achieved the capability to "fly," but it is time for this enlightened being to remember his or her humanity and help others. In our own cultivation, we need to remember this aspect of being human. In the energetic layers of the body, when you build up stronger Q through your practice, Q will "come down" to help weak parts of the body. This movement is connected with Hexagram 11—Tai M , the way of balance and stability.
Movement: Pivot on your right foot to the left, keeping your left foot immobile. Your left hand stays below at the level of the Dantian while your right hand floats up to gently stir Heaven and gather the Heavenly Qf. Pivot your left heel slightly to the left to allow the right knee room enough to end up in the space just to the left of it. Curl your right wrist downward so that your fingers ilL
are pointing into the right shoulder IJianjing; —GB 21) with the back of your hand pointing toward your right ear. In one swift motion, jab your right hand down in front of your right shoulder towards your left foot [Yongquan HU^. —KD 1), bring your left hand up to in front of your right cheek and drop into a deep crouching position with your right knee just to the left of your left heel. Both palms should be facing to the right, claws extended to ward off enemies. As your balance in this position improves, pump up and down with your legs to work the meridians.
Visualization: When starting to transition from climbing the mountain, you stir the wind with your hands. During this movement, feel as if you are riding on the wind and gathering the wind. Visualize feeling very light, as if the body has merged with the Qi. Also remember to feel stable and grounded like a tiger. Hold the Qi, the wind, for a moment and then descend suddenly and smoothly—there is no blockage between the upper and the lower.
Breathing: Inhale, then exhale with a Heng sound when descending.
Function: This movement will help to strengthen the Kidney energy. It is one of the best attack-and-defense positions from a martial arts perspective. It is a way to release stagnation in the physical or spiritual body. Wind can transform. This movement benefits the twelve joints: shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. It is a good way to open your spiritual gates and let the energy flow.
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