Ba Duan Jin Movement 4
五劳七伤向后瞧 Wǔ Láo Qī Shāng Xiàng Hòu Qiáo
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Start with a standing pose (站桩 Zhàn Zhuāng) - Inhale, sink your shoulders and lower the both hands spreading the fingers while pushing with palm downwards. Continue breathing in and turn the upper body with both hands by your side. Turn the head as far left as you can (eyes looking backwards & downwards) making sure the hands are on your side with palm open and pressing downwards. At the extreme position hold both the breathe and position for a second or so. Breathe out and return hands to the Standing Pose.
Repeat similar movement, but to the right.
This is regarded as one of the most powerful of the Ba Duan Jin exercises as it has a very strong effect on the central nervous system and the circulation of blood and Qi to the head. It inspires the power of the kidneys: Strengthens the activity of the eyeballs, neck and shoulder muscles. It also helps relieve high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.
Updated On: 15.09.12