Wednesday Workout with Chi

Wednesday is a perfect day for the 8 brocades, the time-tested Qigong forms that smooth our energy and balance us mid-week to feel renewed.

To learn these moves one at a time, visit the 8 Brocades Course.

1. Raising Hands to Heaven

alleviates anxiety, insomnia and chronic fatigue as well as panic attacks, and sends renewed energy through the endocrine system

2. The Archer

revitalizes the kidneys, opens lungs and heart, stretches arms. while the “horse stance” strengthens the lower body.

3. Separating Heaven and Earth

does a lot of what raising hands to heaven does, while being especially good for revitalizing the spleen and stomach.

4. Wise Owl Gazing

this it’s an amazingly simple stretch to send new energy though the entire spine, with the power to relieve muscle tightness and pinched nerves.

5. Big Bear Searching

is said to help bring new energy to the heart and lungs, increasing longevity and overall health.

6. Touching Toes to Purify Kidneys

This one is especially good for the kidneys, purging the negative emotion of fear to allow for more qi. The kidneys are said to store our life essense. while also stimulating the other organs and stretching the back, legs and spine.

7. Fist with Fierce Gaze Releasing Stress

This is said to purify negative emotions, especially anger, from where Chinese medicine believes it is stored: the liver.

8. Shower of Qi or “Shaking the Tree”

Also called the “Cure for 99 Diseases,” – though not meant literally, this strengthens the heels and calves, stimulating the immune system, while cleansing negative energy and receiving renewed energy. It’s an easy routine and a game-changer for overall wellness!