Qigong Bow And Arrow Stance
Chinese New Year!!
and foremost, welcome to our first QigongExercise.com newsletter!
now and then, I will send you some NEW Qigong articles and exercises
specifically related to certain ailments or questions which
my readers have been asking me. Since I believe that you should
make Qigong a dynamic part of your life at work or at play,
these new exercises which I will introduce in this website from
time to time will be exercises born out of real or practical
situations rather than being a whole set of sterile exercises
which you may not do because you do not see the "need"
Recently, I had a bad accident and as a result suffered a rather
serious distal radius and ulna fracture of my left wrist. The
excellent hand micro surgeon who attended to me told me that
I needed to graft a small artificial bone into my left wrist
and fix this in place with a titanium plate if I wished to achieve
full mobility of my left wrist!
I had the operation without any hesitation and now, just three
weeks after the operation, I am typing this article myself (with
both hands!) and I am healing very fast. The doctor is amazed
at the speed of my recovery in view of my age (I am 54 years
old) and my history of osteoporosis. However, I am not at all
surprised because I actually practice what I preach, i.e. I
did my indispensable Qigong exercises all through the pre and
post operation procedures!
of course, now with the need to make sure the "new"
hand and arm regains its flexibility and mobility quickly, I
definitely practice my Qigong stances all the time. In fact,
when I regained consciousness after my 4 hour operation, I immediately
did my Qigong exercise while lying on my hospital bed! I actually
did "Exercise # xiii - At Bedtime" (see my book "Indispensable
QiGong : For People On the Go !") to move the qi
quietly through my inert post-operation body to help circulate
my qi and bring some strength back. At the same time, it helped
me to drift nicely to sleep without the need for sleeping tablets!
right now I will share with you this NEW Qigong exercise which
is not in my book but which I began to do regularly as a result
of my hand injury and the operation.
Firstly, when one is recovering from an operation, one of the
most common ailments will be muscle and joint aches and pains
caused by the lack of movement. In my case, because the operation
was on my left wrist, I suffered from severe arm and shoulder
pain on my left side, which stretched all the way to the back.
I was also completely stiff!
as soon as I could get out of bed, I did this Qigong Stance
which for convenience I shall call as "The Bow and Arrow"
you like it!
friend in health,
EXERCISE TO RELIEVE MUSCLE AND JOINT PAINS IN THE ARMS AND SHOULDERS:
The Bow and Arrow Stance
you are about to shoot an arrow into the air with a bow - that
is the crux of this Qigong stance.
a) Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, point your toes
outwards and keep your upper body straight.
Your arms are at your sides in the usual Qigong stance, i.e.
arms away from the body and fingers spread open. Your head is
upright as though you are supporting some books on top of your
Now, bend your LEFT arm in front of your chest so that the lower
left arm lies parallel to your chest.
Form a loose fist with that left hand.
Now, bend your RIGHT arm, again in front so that now both arms
are bent and lying parallel to your chest.
Point your RIGHT index finger upwards to the sky while forming
a loose fist with the other fingers of the right hand.
Move the RIGHT arm and hand with index finger still pointing
upwards, straightening the arm and stretching it all the way
outwards to the right side of your body . At the same time,
you pull back with the bent LEFTarm, still keeping that LEFT
arm bent and parallel to your chest. (This movement looks as
if you were shooting an arrow from a bow ).
Your head and eyes should follow the direction of your RIGHT
hand, i.e. turn your head and look towards the right side while
you are stretching and pointing that finger.
Make sure you keep that LEFT arm bent and parallel to the body
while you are stretching the RIGHT arm.
As you are doing the movements with your LEFT and RIGHT arms,
you must SIMULTANEOUSLY bend your knees so that you are in imaginary
sitting position, taking care to ensure that your back remains
Move both arms back to the original position and stand up straight
and tall again with the feet apart.
Begin the movements all over again, this time with the RIGHT
arm bent and the LEFT arm extended.
stance directly relaxes the muscles and tendons around the neck,
arms and shoulders. The muscles become toned and invigorated
and the circulation improves tremendously. Most of all, with
this Qigong stance you achieve greater mobility and flexibility
of your arms and shoulders and voila - no more shoulder aches
worked for me and it will for you!