It is important when performing any exercise to make sure that you are warmed up.
Warming up the Knees
- Stand feet together.
- Bend the knees and stoop over, just touching your knees with your fingers.
- Rotate knees 30 times to the left and 30 times to the right.
Warming up assists in making the body flexible. Loosening the knees and shoulder joints enhances your chances of getting the benefits on the Chi Kung as it opens up the internal energy channels, allowing it to flow more freely in training.
Loosening the Shoulders
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and bend the knees with the arms on your sides. (This is called the Wu Chi Position or beginning stance and you should always return to it after finishing each exercise, before moving on to the next.)
- Breathe in and rise your arms in front of you at shoulder level and then make ‘breast-strokes’ like movements with your arms.
- Breathe out as the arms extend to the sides and in as the hands come together in front of your chest.
- Repeat for one minute.
This opens up the lungs and at the same time loosens the shoulder joints, thus allowing free flow of Chi.
Now you are warmed up, you can move on to the Chi Kung exercises.