The importance of leg strength for health, sexual energy and ageing…
This is a continuation of my 30 day spontaneous Qigong Trial. For a primer of what this trial is all about, click here.
The legs power the Qi
Practicing Spontaneous Qigong give me a chance to reflect on things. As I was doing some shaking up and down on the spot, I suddenly remembered an insight that came to me a few years ago. It was during an acupuncture weekend in Amsterdam, when I was engaging in some energy-work, acupuncture training and visiting museums.
Qi energy comes from the legs.
Your bodies Qi is generated from the legs. This is why the standing meditation postures are used so often in Qigong. You hold you legs in these positions for a long period of time to build up the Qi energy. It also strengthens your legs physically, which in turn increases your Qi power and ultimately your overall health.
If you want to be healthy, strong legs are important. The legs are also the first thing we lose control over as we reach the later stages of old age. We get leg or knee weakness.
The knees are related to the Kidneys which governs our original Qi. So by strengthening the legs, we also strengthen the Kidney energy, which influences ageing and sexual health.
The legs are the foundation of the body
“An elderly person with strong legs is generally healthy. The legs are the foundation of the body. If you want to live a long and healthy life, you should always stretch the back part of the legs.”
“The legs are the foundation of the body. If your legs are lower abdomen are weak, your sexual performance (Kidney energy) will also diminish”. (Italics mine).
Book of Ki, by Koichi Tohei
Strengthening the legs
One of the best ways to strengthen the legs is by practicing the standing qigong posture or horse stance (especially wth a slightly low stance) and walking. If you are in relatively good health, than you can try holding a really low horse-stance. Perhaps for 5 minutes daily.
As I practice qigong, I am aware than my legs could be stronger. I feel I could be standing and aligned more firmer on the ground. I have always been a bit Qi deficient. Especially with my Stomach and Spleen energy. I do have a long term digestive disease. Also, whenever I have taken part in martial art practices like Aikido. I always felt that my base could be firmer than it is.
Strong legs to hold a strong heart and mind
This may also impact on my personality, as I think a stronger and firmer base can make for a stronger and firmer mind. As a child I often lacked in self -confidence, which I would attribute to some of the circumstances I grew up in, including a toxic household.
“The heart of a lion cannot go far on the legs of a chicken”
The Power of Ch’i, Geoff Pike
I recall seeing some beautiful Tai Chi figurines of old Chinese men with long grey beards doing various Tai chi poses. In all of these poses, the Chinese men have strong and sturdy legs.
So I guess I should start thinking about building my leg strength more. It could perhaps be the subject of another 30 day trial. I did already write before on how to build stronger legs in my post – ‘How to Squat to get a Callipygian Butt‘.
Thought for the day
“Strong qi comes from strong legs.”
That’s my own expression above, so feel free to quote it. Please attribute my name and website if you do.
We have another heatwave in London about 29 degrees. It is hot and our flat does not have good ventilation. We have a fan going nonstop.
I did my Spontaneous Qigong practice in the morning. The movements were quite subtle again with arm movements similar to a standard Qigong set of exercises like the 8 pieces of Brocade.
Readers by now may recognise my qigong ignorance. I really don’t know the names of the various different movements. I’ve tried searching online, but it is hard to find the exact same exercise. So I try to describe them as best I can.
Personally, I don’t think it matters what I describe, as different people will probably have different movements depending on their own particular Qi flow.
There was some difference today. My spontaneous qi movements took me more into working on the chakras. My fingers would wiggle and I was led to hold them over specific chakras, particularly the upper chakras – the throat and solar plexus.
I know that these are two areas where I have blockages. At the end of the ten minutes, I was brought into the bending forward posture. I guess my qi wanted me to work on opening up my lower back. I finished shortly after that, as my family need to go out to somewhere that has air conditioning. So we went to a Wetherspoons pub for a meal.
I fit in an early practice. Again it was similiar to the day before with lots of finger shaking over my upper chakras – my throat and solor plexus chakra. There were some other movements like body shaking and some slow rotation of my neck and head.
I notice that the fingers on my right hand shake much more. This is also my needling hand for acupuncture.
At the end of the session, I did some circular arms movement – bringing the qi to the chest. This was carried out very smoothly and deliberately. It felt like a very energetic type movement, as though the flow of Qi in my arms was more clear.
Recently I have been getting lots of Spontaneous Qi finger wiggling movements, especially in my index finger (which relates to the Large Intestine Channel). This can come on at anytime, even when just walking down the street, so I give it a little free reign. Apparently, it occurred even one time when I was eating, and I didn’t even notice it happening. My wife noticed it.
Today, the Qigong practice led me to do finger wiggling and shaking very quickly. But then it seemed to evolve into involving my wrists. I did lots of rapid wrist shaking movements. I think this is one way to keep your wrists flexible.
I also did some body shaking and some light gentle spinal twists. I kept the practice gentle as I did it on an empty stomach.
I wonder if I could be taking my practice much more deeper. I pretty much aim to do the minimum 10 minutes every day. I am still focusing primarily on completing my trial, so I am reluctant to add in any extra practice for the time being. I am not overly concerned with seeing what else can come from these Spontaneous Qi movements.
Book of Ki: Co-ordinating Mind and Body in Daily Life. Koichi Tohei Japan Publications. 1977
The Power of Ch’i, p30. Geoff Pike. Outlet 1981.
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