Kong Ran Qi Gong Practice - Hand Postures

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Hand postures

While you practice, the leg stance and body position remain the same while the  hands and arms change from posture to posture.

Posture one is the opening posture, it helps you connect with pre-heaven Qi.

Postures two through eight reinforce yin Qi. In these postures the palms face the body.

Postures nine through fifteen reinforce yang Qi. In these postures the back of the hands face the body.

Note: Yang postures should be held for shorter durations of time, because Yang Qi builds quicker than Yin. It take much more time to build Yin Qi than it does Yang. Over practicing Yang postures could lead to Yang excess, so in the beginning practice them sparingly until you develop a good sense of internal balance. Signs of Yang excess are difficulty sleeping, irritability and sensitivity to heat, if you experience any of these signs during or after your practice stop practicing until you fell calm and/or like your normal self again. Then restart the practice by only practicing the Yin postures. Never practice when angry or in a bad mood. Feel free to contact us any time with questions, we are always happy to help in any way that we can.

Posture one helps you connect with pre-heaven Qi.

Postures two, three, four, nine, ten and eleven help calm the liver and reinforce the kidneys.

Postures five and twelve reinforce the essence of the spleen and calm stomach Qi.

Postures six and thirteen open the heart and reinforce lung Qi.

Postures seven and fourteen open the shoulders, neck, heart and lungs and also help your Qi to sink.

Postures eight and fifteen are very powerful in helping your Qi to sink, promoting your over all health.

Posture One:

Hands by your sides. Back of your hands facing front-ward, thumbs in toward your body, shoulders relaxed, there should be a space between your arms and body. Your hands are relaxed but not curled, straight but not over extended. Your knees slightly bent. Your pelvis slightly tucked and you should feel that you're leaning forward ever so slightly. Tuck your chin and extend your body upward as if being pulled by a string from the top of your head.

Posture Two:

Hands are behind your body, palms directed at the Baihai yu (BL 30) points at the lower part of the buttocks. Your hands should be about four to six inches away from your buttocks. In this posture you should feel a stretch in your chest and shoulders.

Posture Three:

Hands in-front of the body at groin level, about five inches from your body, palms turned upward and directed at the lower dantian as shown it the picture. Imagine your holding 2 balloons on top water.

Posture Four:

Hands behind the body, palms are directed at the Shenshu (BL 52) points a little below the ribs. Hands should be about five or six inches from your body. In this posture you should really feel a stretch in the chest and shoulders and your shoulders might get tired in the beginning.

Posture Five:

The palms are directed at the Solar Plexus, between the lower Dantian and the middle Dantian, about fifteen inches from your body.

Posture Six:

The palms are directed between the upper Dantian and the middle Dantian and arms are out as if you were hugging someone.

Posture Seven:

The palms are directed between third-eye and Baihui. Keep your arms out as in the last posture, but raise them to the new position as show in the picture.

Posture Eight:

The palms are directed to the Baihui point, again the arms are simply raised to the new position as show in the picture.

After the eighth posture you go back down through all the postures in reverse sequence, holding each posture a few minutes again.

Note: the following seven postures are the Yang postures and are the same as postures two through eight except they're with the palms facing away from the body.

Posture Nine:

Hands are behind your body, back of the hands directed at the Baihai yu (BL 30) points at the lower part of the buttocks. Your hands should be about four to six inches away from your buttocks. In this posture you should feel a stretch in your chest and shoulders.

Posture Ten:

Hands in-front of the body at groin level, about five inches from your body, palms turned outward with the back of the hands directed at the lower dantian as shown it the picture.

Posture Eleven:

Hands behind the body, back of the hands are directed at the Shenshu (BL 52) points a little below the ribs. Hands should be about five or six inches from your body. In this posture you should really feel a stretch in the chest and shoulders and your shoulders might get tired in the beginning.

Posture Twelve:

The palms are directed at the Solar Plexus, between the lower Dantian and the middle Dantian, about fifteen inches from your body.

Posture Thirteen:

The back of the hands are directed between the upper Dantian and the middle Dantian and arms are out as if you were hugging someone.

Posture Fourteen:

The back of the hands are directed between third-eye and Baihui. Keep your arms out as in the last posture, but raise them to the new position as show in the picture.

Posture Fifteen:

The back of the hands are directed to the Baihui point, again the arms are simply raised to the new position as show in the picture.

After the eighth posture you go back down through all the postures in reverse sequence, holding each posture a few minutes again. Hold the opening posture for a few minutes and then begin closing.