Baduanjin, the Eight Set Brocade Qigong or Treasures has many applications. If practiced enough, it gives a silk like body quality to its user. Metaphorically silk in Chinese culture is one of the most auspicious materials. Therefore, the Eight Set Brocade Qigong with its numerology of eight representing plenty & silk being highly regarded is quite a profound form! To find out more about this set go to Baduanjin – Eight Set Brocade Part 1. For theory go here.
This post covers some of the applications of the set.
Two Hands Hold up the Heavens
All Dantians harmonize in this movement. It is also used for any sluggishness physically, emotionally, & mentally because it raises Yang Qi. Consequently, this is also an excellent form promote proper posture.
Drawing the Bow to Shoot the Eagle / Hawk / Vulture
Drawing the Bow to Shoot the Eagle very versatile. First, it centers the spirit (shen). This helps relax you & gets you in touch with your emotions. Second, it helps release any negativity or emotions which hinder you. This is done through its engagement of the Lung & Large Intestine in the stretch.
There are much more nuances to this particular movement, however generally speaking this is an excellent form to release negativity, get in touch with one’s emotions and to open up the chest and respiratory system.
Separate Heaven and Earth
This movement specializes in benefiting the digestion. Digestion in Chinese culture could be a reference to the physical, emotional or mental digestion. If you feel you need clarity, stability, centeredness this is the form for you.
Wise Owl Gazes Backwards or Look Back
Wise Owl Gazes Backwards is a targeted exercise to loosen up the neck & shoulders. This exercise energetically helps to gain clarity & perspective in oneself. It is also used to loosen the stress & the burdens we carry in life.
Sway the Head and Shake the Tail
This form is used to help one fall asleep or zen one out. This form represents Fire & Water. It clears Upper Body Heat (which includes the Heart). This exercise can also strengthen the lower back and knees because of the swaying (Kidneys).
Two Hands Hold the Feet to Strengthen the Kidneys and Waist
As the name states, this is for the Kidneys. Specifically, it opens the Bladder channel. Therefore it brings energy to the head. It’s great to clear the mind, open up the back & hamstrings. This movement tones the waist and strengthens Kidneys.
Clench the Fists and Glare Fiercely (or Angrily)
This exercise is all about releasing. Drawing the Bow to Shoot the Eagle is a form that helps release sorrow. It makes boundaries more malleable and brings in inspiration. On the opposite end of metal is Wood. Clench the Fists and Glare Fiercely focuses on the Liver and Wood Element. It is a form which is all about releasing pent up anger and tension in the body.
Stressed? Need some direction? Need to vent? Yup this is your sole exercise. You’ll be cool as a cucumber after. Just remember to relax & breath when you punch!
Bouncing on the Toes
The final exercise in the whole set. The benefits of this exercise have multiple purposes. One it strengthens the hamstrings and feet. Second, it stretches the spine and helps realign it. Third, it releases any residual tension from the form. As a result of tension release, clarity comes to the mind.
Many More Applications
Baduanjin, Eight Set Brocade Qigong has many applications & this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the forms can have stacked effects depending on your goals. If you want to learn more about this time-tested form, come into one of our trial classes. Book your class here.