Standing Neigong

By Steve Rowe

The benefits of Standing neigong are as follows:

 

Good posture
Good balance
Good rooting
An understanding of left/right and upper/lower body harmony
Good breathing
An aware, focused sensitive and intense mind
Emotional intelligence
An intuitive understanding of yin and yang

 

The 5 basic postures are:

 

Neutral
Upper Yin
Upper Yang
Lower Yin
Lower Yang

 

There is an excellent set of videos called ‘stand still – be fit’ that can be seen here:

 

https://youtu.be/y07FauHYlmg?list=PL5AC656794EE191C1

 

The basic way that we teach at Shi Kon is as follows:

Neutral


Stand with the feet pointing to the front and under the line of the shoulders.
Straighten the body and raise the head ‘as if suspended by a rope from above’.
Place the tongue to the top palette with the eyes looking straight ahead.
Loosen ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows and wrists.
Lightly and actively stretch the myofascia up through the crown of the head and out through the fingertips .
Gently spiral the myofascia outwards from both feet upwards not affecting the ankles or knees and gently opening the hips, releasing the buttocks and lower back to allow the spine to lengthen and to stabilise the core into the diaphragm.
Turn the palms of the hands to face backwards returning them to the inwards position from the wrists only.
Gently pull the PC muscle until it engages the tailbone.
Find your natural breathing rhythm as taught in class breathing from the dantien.
Ensure left and right harmony in feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows,wrists and hands.
Ensure upper and lower harmony of feet to hands, ankles to wrists, knees to elbows and hips to shoulders.


These basics are maintained at all times and then:

 

Upper Yin


Bring the arms up and rest their weight onto your core.
Gently bow and connect the 3 bows of legs, spine and arms.
Connect with the energy and rest the mind and emotions on:
Patience
Kindness
Tolerance 
Compassion

 

Lower Yin


Is the same apart from the arms being down in the same frame in front of the Dantien.

 

Upper Yang


In upper yin turn the hands over at the wrists and slightly cup them bowing the 3 bows more intensely connecting with the energy and resting the mind and emotions on:


Resolve
Determination 
Courage
Power

 

Lower Yang


Is the same apart from the arms being down with the same frame until the thumbs point to the middle of your legs.

 

Apart from the occasional fist, crane beak and needle hand the entire Tai Chi form is the transitioning of these hands, therefore essential learning for any Tai Chi practitioner. In Shi Kon we don’t hold any position for too long but transition from one to the other learning how to switch polarity and mindset at will.

 

This is only the basics and a reminder for those training in the Shi Kon system, 

 

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU ARE TAUGHT BY A PROPERLY REGISTERED SHI KON INSTRUCTOR.

Contact Caroline on 07784 301490 or email caz@shikon.com

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