Monday, March 07, 2016

Tiger Frolic Chi Kung Exercises #1

Tiger Frolics Mind-Body Fitness Practices

Chinese Health and Fitness Exercises (Chi Kung, Qigong, Dao Yin)
Webpages by Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.


Tiger Frolic Chi Kung (Energy Work, Qigong) Exercise Routines  






1.  The Tiger Lunges and Attacks

Feet together.  Stand up straight.  Arms at sides.
Bring hands to waist level with tiger claw hands (fingers open and curled).
Step out to left side at a 45 degree angle with the left leg.  Step into a high lunge posture.
As the left foot lifts and steps to the side, draw both hands up the body to above the head, lift the head, circling both arms up and down.
As the left foot comes to the floor, both hands, separated by a foot or so, claw downward to about waist level.
Draw the arms back to the waist (as if pulling the captured prey close to your Tiger body) and the left foot is drawn back to beside the right foot. 


Do the same movement to the right side.
Step out to right side at a 45 degree angle with the right leg.  Step into a high lunge posture.
As the right foot lifts and steps to the side, draw both hands up the body to above the head, lift the head, circling both arms up and down.
As the right foot comes to the floor, both hands, separated by a foot or so, claw downward to about waist level.
Draw the arms back to the waist (as if pulling the captured prey close to your Tiger body) and the right foot is drawn back to beside the left foot. 


Try to do 4 repetitions to the left side and also to the right side.  

Movement source citation:  Tiger Frolic #3, Big Lunge.  UTube Video, 1:34 minutes.  Performed by Anson Rathbone, 2007.  As taught by Deguang at NESA's Medical Qigong Class.


Tiger Frolic Qigong Exercise #1

Eight Animals Frolics Mind/Body Fitness Practices (Chi Kung) by Mike Garofalo

Qigong (Chi Kung) Exercises 

Green Way Research Subject Index


Each Monday for the next year I will be posting short descriptions of exercises from the Eight Animal Frolics Chi Kung Practices.  By the end of this project, you will have 52 exercises: Eight Animals with 6 or 7 Exercises for each Animal Frolic.  The webpage for the specific animal will also have photographs of me doing these exercises on the webpage.    


Chinese exercises to improve fitness, maintain good health, increase energy, and improve the chances for longevity have a very long documented history in China.  




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