Basic Warm Up
exercises are devised to gently warm and loosen up the body.
They also serve (if the mind is put to it) to unblock chi from
certain areas of the body.
They are not at all difficult and the areas given attention
are those only where major blockages occur. These are neck,
shoulders, trunk i.e. 'waist up'. The legs are at first (within
this series) 'exercised' by simply maintaining a balanced and
firm (rooted) stance. In the concluding stages of this series
the lower portions of the body is similarly treated with gentle
internal massage and self administered manipulation. But first
... "Attention" and then "Preparation" as
Feet a shoulder width apart - Shoulders relaxed - Palms facing
backwards. 'Sink' at knees - Hips 'centered'.
The most common error in basic stance is that the bum/bottom
is left 'overhanging' and not within the center of gravity.
Imagine: If your body was hollow and a coin or pebble were to
be dropped through a small hole at the crown of your head -
it would hit the floor between your feet … not half a meter
or so behind you!