Saddle Stance Excersise
see also Saddle Stance
As warm-up for Tai Chi or as solo exercise
- this series of may be easily adapted to suit any level of
ability or study.
A. As a warm-up with 'rooted' feet and
deep natural breathing prior to other exercise such as Tai
B. As a simple Chi Kung style exercise breathing
'fuller and emptier', fingers extended on the in breath to
develop internal chi.
C. Ultimately, this type of exercise has the potential to
'stand alone' and become foundation of the powerful 'bodybuilding'
practice of Yi Jin Jin (muscle and tendon stretching).
In this instant the hand is either held in a 'soft' fist or
with wrist turning the palm 90 degrees from forearm.
A. Leg strength and
B. Fingers extend 'into earth' on in breath
C. Squeeze soft fist on out breath
A. Neck loose
B. Look forward (in breath)
C. Look up and down
A. Arm strength and
B. Expand chest (in breath)
C. Push outward with forearms (out)
A. Single Whip both
B. 'Eagle' wrist right angle (in breath)
C. Pull apart with fists (out)
A. Centering balance
B. Open shoulders (in breath)
C. Push outwards with elbows (out)
A. Tiptoes. Ankle strength
B. Expand outwards/rear (in breath)
C. Expand outwards from center (out)
A. Tummy massage
B. Extend arms on turn (in breath)
C. With soft fist 'coil' arms (out)
A. Back therapy self
B. Push feet into ground (in breath)
C. Grip with toes, press tongue up (out)
A. Look both ways
B. Extend fingers, grip toes (in breath)
C. Squeeze soft fist, extend toes (out)
A crucial element of Chi Kung and Yi Jin Jin
practice is the involvement of 'the mind' in 'leading' chi
from and to certain parts of the body. In Chi Kung this is
directed and stored 'internally', whilst the intention of
Yi Jin Jin is to direct chi to and through muscles and tendons
Whilst physical movement between and within each posture is
relatively small, the intention and thus direction and effect
of circulated or stored chi in Chi Kung and Yi Jin Jin techniques
is very different. Different routes from the same source or
both sides of the same coin.
'Hard' is not better (or for that matter harder!)
than soft. Like cloud and mountain, and tree and air, neither
are superior or separate.
All things are identified and recognised by an opposite, therefor
one owes existence to the other. How therefore can one be
right and the other wrong?
The relationship between cloud and mountain is cyclical, so
to tree and air, air and earth, wind and rain, hot and cold
and so on. Even 'everything in between' has something in between
The techniques utilised in Yi Jin Jin practice is very different
from that in Chi Kung or Tai Chi form. Whilst they are 'extreme'
this is only when here compared to those more 'spiritual' arts.
For the circle to be complete all should inhabit it and it should/would
encompass all. This circle need not be the size of the cosmos
with countless opposites and contradictions and one perfection
should not be preferred above another. A healthy plant looks
and smells like a healthy plant because it is a healthy plant,
and its completeness is its perfection. A human being wastes
his time if he seeks perfection in all things, but he might
just have enough time in a lifetime to understand himself and
his own potential - physical, mental and spiritual.