The Legs Power the Qi: Spontaneous Qi Practice (Days 17-19)

The Legs power the qi
The Legs power the qi

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.

Day 17

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.

Day 18

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.

Day 19

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.

Next Post

How to Squat to get a Callipygian Butt


Related Posts


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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4 thoughts on “The Legs Power the Qi: Spontaneous Qi Practice (Days 17-19)

  1. Hi John. I’m continuing to enjoy the insights of your reflections within each blog posting. I have not wanted to alter your flow, which has been wonderful to read and personally reflect upon.

    I just wanted to let you know your message is being well received by me and that you are not isolated on your island.

    Please can we, us avid followers also have insight to the current TV dramas you are following. It’s a nice human touch you established in the earlier blog postings.

    Best with where you’re going with it.


    1. Thanks Botanic, Glad to know the J-Drama updates are of interest. I haven’t seen much else recently except xxxHolic, a TV version of the Japanese Animation. It is about a young boy who can see ghosts but unfortunately for him attracts them to him. He then gets a job working at a mysterious shop which grants people whatever wish they want.
      The animation is better and has some interesting messages about life.


    2. Just completed a Japanese drama called ‘Eigyo Bucho Kira Natsuko’ – ‘Sales Department Head, Natsuko Kira’,
      It is about a working mother returning to her company after maternity leave, but is dumped into the role of head of a failing Sales Department. It is about her challenges of balancing work and home life, facing workplace pressures and underhand dealings and the risk of losing her husband to a troubled babysitter.

      Great drama and typical of Japanese drama – it pushes the idea of unity and team work, determination even when facing failure head on. In the drama, many of their endeavours to pick up sales contracts hits massive setbacks, no matter how hard they tried.

      The idea of unity is a common theme in Japanese drama – whether it is the workplace or family. The Japanese realise that no success can occur from acting selfishly.

      In relation to life, many people live selfish lives – only thinking of themselves and their own comfort. Or what they can get in life. It is particularly typical of family situations. Yet, if all the members could come together and support each other, instead of living such small lives, great things can be accomplished. People can also laugh together, with real feeling.

      Last year, I saw the Toyko Sky Tree. It is one of the tallest building in the world. I was blown away. To think that humans can create such a thing. Yet it came about from so many people working together with a vision.

      If people think only of themselves, such things can never come into being.

      I suppose this last part is a metaphor. Selfish living is a small existence. In the end, it will lead to a small, dark and lonely hole.


  2. Thanks John for connecting us something beyond the Western Shores within the Japanese culture. I’m there through it, love the visual, kind of got this view of the drama as ‘Breaking Bad’ meets ‘Horrible Bosses’.

    I genuinely feel like I’ve just watched an episode of the drama through your description. I really enjoyed it.


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