Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qigong is best known for helping to heal back and spinal injuries.
The name «Marriage of Heaven and Earth» comes from the combination of female qualities of yin, associated with the Earth, and the masculine qualities of yang, associated with heaven. The whole universe (heaven and earth) is pulsating with chi (qi) or energy and so is the human body.
The spine, joints, organs, blood and indeed all the internal systems of the body pulsate or open and close in a natural rhythm. When the body is healthy, this pulsing is even and strong. When the body becomes ill, pulsing deteriorates and the well-being of our bodies is compromised.
The simple movements of Heaven and Earth Qigong are containers for the internal chi at work. You will learn the procedures for the opening and closing of the joints (pulsing) without using muscular tension.
Pulsing is good for your health and relaxation.It enables you to:
• Increase chi circulation
• Improve the circulation of fluids in your joints
• Smooth and release physical, mental and emotional blockages
• Deeply relax and reduce the effects of stress and tension inside your body.
• Develop energetic awareness.
The energy gates in your body are major relay stations where the strength of your chi (qi) is regulated. Many gates are located at joints or, more precisely, in the actual space between the bones of a joint.
Energy gates must be felt directly with the mind in your body, for they are part of your subtle energy body.
You learn to feel these points in order to channel the flow of your chi to stimulate the subtle body to the greatest extent possible. The first practice in Energy Gates Qigong is to enter each gate and dissolve through them.
Energy Gates Qigong is composed of six sequential exercises:
- Standing in three parts: sinking, scanning and dissolving your chi.
- Cloud Hands Exercise
- The First Swing Exercise
- The Second Swing Exercise
- The Third Swing Exercise
- The Taoist Spine Stretch
Standing Qigong: The Core Exercise
The core element of Energy Gates Qigong is learning to stand for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. This powerful technique increases internal awareness, develops chi inside your body and teaches you to feel where your chi is blocked.
In the beginning you learn how to scan down your body by using your mind, starting at the top of the head and descending to your feet. This preliminary practice trains you to internally relax and feel your body.
In time and with practice, you progress to using your mind’s intent to dissolve blocked chi and open specific major energy gates of your body. You will feel more alive as your chi begins to flow more freely.
Cloud Hands is a slow-motion movement that teaches you to continuously and smoothly move your arms, legs, waist and torso in an integrated, coordinated manner as you turn and shift weight. It connects the energy of your whole body to your spine.
Three Qigong Swings
The Three Swings, strengthen the primary chi flows in the body, particularly in the internal organs and what Chinese medicine calls the «three burners» of chi in the body: the upper, middle and lower tantiens. The swings open up the joints of the hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and fingers.
• The First Swing has the primary function of opening the chi of the lower internal organs, the urinogenital area, the stomach and the intestines.
• The purpose of the Second Swing is to energize and strengthen the middle internal organs, including the spleen, liver, stomach and pancreas, and glands such as the adrenals.
• The Third Swing works the upper internal organs (the heart and lungs) and energizes the brain. It also adds spring to the vertebrae, so they open and close with greater ease. It also opens up the rotation of the shoulder joints, neck, hips and kwa. In general, it trains your body to relax and let go on command.
Unique Taoist Spine Stretch
Unique to Taoism, the spine stretch allows you to bend and gently stretch each vertebra from the bottom of the back of the spine and proceeding upwards; then bend upwards as you stretch each vertebra from the front of the spine.