LFIAA Swimming Dragon Qigong’s “Small Heavenly Circle Guiding & Leading Exercise” (Xiao Zhoutian Daoyin)

When I teach any individual the Swimming Dragon Qigong thirty-two Posture form (You Long Gong). Many within my classes will at some time mention that they do not have enough room in their house to practice the whole form. Especially during the winter period, when it is obviously to cold and wet to venture outdoors to practice and receive some fresh Qi and maybe a bit of sunlight. This is were I then show them that each of the Swimming Dragon Qigong thirty-two postures can also be performed separately from each other, or they can be strung together using two or three of their favourite postures together in a sequence and simply practice them repeatedly to generate good Qi and blood circulation throughout the whole body to strengthen their health & wellbeing.

So above in the accompanying photo and attached video is of myself demonstrating the Swimming Dragon Qigong’s “Small Heavenly Circle Daoyin” exercise to show how each of the thirty-two postures can be practiced separately. As you can see in the video the “Small Heavenly Circle” Daoyin exercise involves dynamic stretching of the arms, legs and torso, especially the spinal column and muscles of the whole back. Which can help to relax the entire body by releasing muscle tension and joint stiffness, increasing blood & Qi circulation throughout the whole body. The breathing (Xi) should be performed in and out through the nose and inhaling as you raise and exhaling as you lower co-ordinating the breathing and movements together to fit your own ability to perform this exercise.

When leaning forwards, make sure to point your fingers towards each other and push your both palms forwards, to not just only stretch the muscles, tendons & joints. But to also stretch both the Yin & Yang channels of the both arms. As you bend forwards the Yang channels of the back and legs are gently stretched open to increase Qi flow and remove any blockages. On raising the body upwards, as the both hands arrive at the feet the both palms turn to face upwards, still with the fingers pointing towards each other. They then begin to rise upwards connecting the Qi-point on the little finger edge of each hand, the “Back Stream Point 3 ” (Houxi) located on the Small Intestine Channel to the Stomach Channel. As the both hands arrive at the chest with the both palms facing upwards, they then slowly turn inwards connecting the Pericardium Channel Point 8 (Laogong) located in the centre of each palm to the Stomach Channels Point 13 (Qihu) located beneath each collar bones, then the both palms face forwards and the exercise can be repeated.

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine it is said that “working the tendons strengthen the Qi, the Qi then nourishes the blood and the blood then strengthens the tendons”. So to help maintain health and wellbeing one does not need to lift heavy weights or run many miles. You simply need to dynamically invigorate your tendons by stretching and relaxing them, which will In-turn increase your Qi strength, which can only be done through passive & vigorous actions that connect mind, body & breath together through Qigong practice. As your Qi becomes stronger it helps the blood to circulate throughout the entire body, filling the blood with nutrients that then wash and lubricate the tendons, Internal organs and tissue to promote health & long life.

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