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February 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm #128454
In the book it says ‘gently exert pressure through your left heel’ when shifting weight to the left side.
Does this mean that on the weighted leg, the weight should be distributed more towards the heel rather than evenly over the whole foot?February 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm #132034
Yes, that is correct. As you said “towards” the heel is the key. You should still have weight on all parts of the foot – ball, outside edge, and heel – but with a bit more toward the heel. This will cause your energy to sink down through that leg more strongly.February 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm #132035
That’s great, thanks Bill.February 15, 2012 at 5:23 am #132036
Ian, thanks for asking. I missed that detail up until now.July 17, 2012 at 12:11 am #132037
I’m kind of lost, on this one here. Bruce was saying that in order to draw energy or chi out of your body you need to put more enphasis on keeping your weight centered on your foot saying that if you go back on your heels this would close the spicet off to the artery located around your achilles tendon, around the ankle, meaning that that artery is the main artery responsible for getting blood and chi back to your heart, saying if you are on your heels the chi will not rise up your body because you have closed the spicet off now he was talking about holding a posture I got this off his Hsing I chuan dvd training videos in the I chuan postures standing section. I know this is Tiger and Dragon Qigong and not Hsing standing postures but the concept of chi and drawing chi from the ground should be the same for all three internal arts and Qigong systems correct? right or wrong? I’m lost here please help me understand.
PaulOctober 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm #132038
What Bruce was discussing in the Hsing-i dvd was a micro-alignment of the ankle to be used in the San Ti standing posture. This micro-alignment is also used at intermediate levels of practice of other neigong practices, including tai chi.
How, why, and when you do it in those other arts is a complex subject. But that conversation is not really relevant to beginning Dragon & Tiger qigong, which is the subject of this course. At this level and in the first movement you use the techniqiue that I described in my post above.
Bruce’s method of teaching is to gradually layer in more and more refined ways of doing the practices, and each of the arts he teaches has its own progression of what’s emphasized when. So it’s a little difficult to know when to carry a technique he teaches in one art over into another, and I understand your confusion.
Sorry for the several-month delay in responding. I must have missed this post while I was at Bruce’s meditation training this summer.
Good practice to you,
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