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Fragrant Qigong (Xiang Gong)

 

Level I and Level II

 

Taught by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

 

Recorded by: Peter Croke

 

Edited by: Vera Eby

 

Starting: feet shoulder width apart, breathe normally. These exercises should be done standing and may be done while watching TV. All exercises should be done 36 times.

Preliminary exercise:

      Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Palms should face each other. The hands should never touch but remain about 8 inches apart.  Both hands should move away and then toward each other. Repeat.

Beginner's Gong (training)

1.  The golden dragon wagging its tail. 金 龍 擺 尾

  Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level.  Place the hands together with the palms touching.  Fingers should point straight outward.  Rotate the hands from one side to the other keeping the hands together and at the level of the chest. Breathe normally. 

 

2.  The jade phoenix nodding its head. 玉 鳳 點 頭

  Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level.  Place the hands together with the palms and fingers touching.  Fingers should point straight outward.  Rotate the arms up and down while keeping the hands together, (arc like rotation).  Keep the body straight.

3.  The character eight dividing gold 八 字 分 金

     Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Palms should face each other (on a slight angle with the topside of the hands turned slightly inward) close together but not touching.  Both hands should rotate in an arc movement, coming closer at the top and wider at the bottom.  The hands should never touch. Repeat up and down.

4.  Playing the stringed instrument   雙 手 杌 琴 

Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level.   Palms should face down and hands shoulder width apart.  Move the hands back and forth keeping them on the same level, (like playing a flat stringed instrument).  The hands should move inward and touch and then move outward in opposite directions.  Repeat back and forth.

5.  Separating the begging bowl and the wooden fish 砵 魚 紛 飛

   Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level.   Palms should face up.  Move the hands back and forth keeping them on the same level, (like holding two bowls in the hands).  The hands should move inward and touch and then move outward in opposite directions.  Repeat back and forth.

 

6.  The lotus leaf blowing in the wind 風 擺 荷 葉 

   Place the hands in front of the body at the chest level. Palms should face each other, but be shoulder width apart.  Rotate the hands from one side to the other keeping the hands the same distance apart. Repeat this movement back and forth.

7. Turning the universe to the left  左 轉 乾 坤

Place hands at the bellybutton level with the palms facing each other but not touching, (several inches apart). Rotate the hands together in a circular motion. Do this counterclockwise or to the left and repeat.

8. Turning the universe to the right  右  轉 乾 坤

Place hands at the bellybutton level with the palms facing each other but not touching, (several inches apart). Rotate the hands together in a circular motion. Do this clockwise or to the right and repeat.

9. Rowing the boat 搖 櫓 渡 海

Place hands in front of the body. Place them several inches apart on the same level. Palms should be facing down. The hands move forward, down and then back toward the body, before moving up again. Curl the fingers as if holding the oars of a boat. Pretend you are rowing a boat and repeat this movement.

10. Turning the dharma wheel 法 輪 常 轉

Place hands in front of the body at the mid torso level, with the elbows pointing out and palms facing down. Place the hands right over left directly on top of each other. Rotate the hands in a circular motion toward the body, replacing left on top, followed by right hand on top.

11. Bodhi Dharma sailing the boat
達 摩 渡 舟

Place hands right over left with palms up. Right hand should be directly over the left hand. Leave space between hands. Elbows are bent and rock the arms back and forth as if rocking a baby.

12. The wind filling the ears 雙 風 貫 耳

Start with the hands at your sides. Bring the hands up to the ears using a swinging motion. Curl the fingers when you swing. Keep the hands several inches from the ears. Swing them back down to your sides and repeat.

13. The golden light shining to the eyes 金 光 耀 眼

Start with the hands at your sides. Bring the hands up to the eyes using a swinging motion. Curl the fingers when you swing. Keep the hands several inches from the eyes. Swing them back down to your sides and repeat.

14. Crossing the hands 交 叉 擺 掌

Start with the hands at your sides. Swing the hands and cross them right over the left keeping several inches between them. Cross the hands below the belly button and then repeat the same.

15. Palms together 雙 手 合 十

Start with the hands at the chest level in the prayer position. Hold in this position for 1 minute. Lower the hands and spread them apart in an arc like motion. Do this only once.

Closing exercise:  收 功

Bring the hands up to the throat level with palms facing away from the body. Curl the fingers and lower the hands down to the waist level making sure the hands are away from the body. Do this exercise only once. Rub the palms together to make them warm. Then place them over the face but not touching. Bring the hands up to the forehead, together with the palms facing the face. Pull the palms down and over the face from the forehead to the chin. Repeat this exercise several times.

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