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February 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm #128477
When you are folding the kwa as you turn, is it a horizontal movement? or does it need to contain an element of sinking so that the movement is diaganol?February 25, 2012 at 4:02 am #132154
i’m new to this qigong set. but from what i get from the online instruction i think the movement is horizontal.
the name of the movement is dragon looks to the horizon. so in that sense i think to movement from side to side should be smooth and even as gazing at an even horizon line.September 6, 2013 at 10:19 am #132155
I’ve been interested in this movement and this question, as I’ve read elsewhere that proper flexibility and movement in the hip is of major importance, since the hips provide a major linkage to the proper flow of energy in the body. Tight hips restrict Qi flow, is my understanding. Therefore I’ve been playing with this movement.
This morning I was playing with the hip folding, having noticed a slight tension in my left knee when I turned left. That tension implied to me that I was unconsciously attempting to twist around the knee, rather than folding the Kwa fully. I noticed that – when I folded the Kwa horizontally in the hip joint – the knee tension went away, I got an interesting deep stretch around the hip joint and the whole movement felt better. Of interest though was when I came to the office this morning I received several comments from people about how fresh and energetic I looked and that I should keep up whatever I was doing. This changed movement was the only change to my normal routine today so there does seem to be some effect.
My feeling, subject to confirmation from Bill et al, is that this movement is definitely a horizontal one, in the Kwa and without a diagonal component.October 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm #132156
I don’t usually reply to these posts if someone else is giving a good answer or there is a good exchange going on that’s heading in the right direction. And the answers here are right on.
I did want to add here that there is no better way to learn than to explore carefully and let your experience give you answers. Erich has done that here, stimulated in large part by his carefully observing the 70 percent principle. When he felt discomfort he backed off and played with various ways to do the move, eventually discovering that the horizontal kwa fold was the right way to go. Yes, it is a horizontal movement, at least at this stage of learning and practice.
Eventually, when you learn more sophisticated versions of the exercise, you may learn variations on the theme. But it will always remain primarily a horizontal movement. And learning it that way is best strategy to get your foundation in place.
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