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Drawing the Bow

Gathering energy side to side 3 times, go into a large horse stance, draw bow with left arm, shooting bow turn head only looking at tip of the index finger, stimulating the large intestine. The tip of the tongue is at the roof of the mouth. Hold for a few seconds then change sides, begin with gathering energy from side to side, drawing a bow with the right arm. The body faces forward with only the head turned to look at the tip of the index finger. Repeat this exercise 3 times on each side. This exercise promotes the flow of energy in the large intestine - relieves constipation and problems with digestion. If possible practice before and after dinner.

My personal experience with this exercise: this is one of my favorite exercises that I have practiced on a daily basis for several years. I feel the drawing of the bow is an empowering act and therefore promotes grounding and feeling centred.


Things to be mindful of:

- keep the tongue touching the roof of the mouth to increase the flow of Chi

- the Top of the head is called the Hundred Meeting Point - the Heavenly Energy Point

- inner canvas of the eyes - The Eye Bright Points - keep eyes directed

- palms of the hands - The Palace of Toil - feel the energy in your palms

- lower trunk of body - The Lower Trunk Point - keep spine straight and knees bent

- either sides of your ankle bones - The Yang Extending Points - important to be mindful of free flow chi at side of body

- soles of feet - The Bubbling Spring Points - helps to receive energy from the ground

- use Chi to circulate throughout body, not muscles!

*Based on the Body Clock theory the ideal time to treat any organ with a Chi Kung exercise is during the peak time of the 2 hour intervals as indicated on the chart. However, speaking in terms of practicality while being mindful of traditional sacred periods of the day, the ideal time to practice Chi Kung exercises is during the hours of the living breath from midnight to noon; the middle of the living breath - 6 o'clock a.m. or sunrise is the ideal time of day.*


Buddhist Doctrines

Chi with Colleen

Tel.: 250-554-4998

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