The taiji qigong 18 exercises are easy to learn and suitable for everyone to practice. Each of the 18 exercises abides by the taiji guiding principles, which includes that every individual who practices the taiji qigong exercises should rise (sheng), sink (xia), open (kai), close (he), be heavy (zhong), or be light (qing), as well as being full (xu) and empty (Shi) while performing each of the 18 exercises.
Rising (Sheng) and sinking (Xia) of the body helps to connect the bottom with the top and vice-versa, the rising and sinking works the legs which develops strengthen the lower extremities, plus working the legs activates the cardiovascular system, which promotes blood and Qi circulation around the entire body. Whereas, the opening and closing actions of the individuals joints as they perform each of the taiji qigong 18 exercises act as pumps that control the amount of blood, Qi and lymphatic fluid that circulates into the extremities and around the whole body.
Heaviness and lightness is what each individual feels through the actions of each of the taiji qigong 18 exercises as the bodyweight shifts from one leg to another, or as one arm is moved slightly ahead of the other. As for the sensations of fullness and emptiness as one performs a typical taiji qigong exercise, as the bodyweight shifts forwards onto the front leg as the both hands gently push forwards, as in seen in the accompanying photo that comes with this blog, the individual will feel the front leg and front of their body, plus their both arms filling as the blood, Qi and lymphatic fluid flows into them. But the back leg and the back muscles will feel empty and cool as more blood and Qi moves to the front of the body.
Although each of the 18 Taiji Qigong exercises are easy to learn. Each particular exercise holds tremendous depth and it is through the following of the taiji guiding principles that each individual can attain the depth of information that is held within each of the 18 taiji qigong exercises. Following the taiji guiding principles gives better structure and discipline to each individual as they practice each of the exercises, allowing for them to receive all of the health related benefits that each of the taiji qigong exercises offers towards strengthening, nourishing and repairing one’s health and wellbeing.