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34 EXERCISES

9. PUSHING WAVES

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Quick Links to Postures 1-17 | 1 Lifting Arms | 2 Opening the Chest | 3 Painting the Rainbow | 4 Separating Clouds | 5 Rolling Arms | 6 Cloud Hands | 7 Raise the Ball | 8 Carry the Moon | 9 Pushing Waves | 10 Loosening the Trunk | 11 Touch the Sea, Look at the Sky | 12 Rotate the Wheel and Point at the Moon | 13 Parting Wild Horses Mane | 14 Brush Knee and Push | 15 Grasp Sparrows Tail | 16 Fair Lady Weaves Shuttles | 17 Punching


STAGE 1: SEATED

Consult the "seated stage" notes in posture 1 regarding sitting / chairs.

Begin with hands lightly resting on the thighs, palms down.

Lift hands to the front of the body, palms facing the ground, just in front of the shoulders, shoulder width. Inhale. Then:-

Exhale

Push downward towards the waist then forwards as you extend your arms out and upwards again, finishing at arms length, head height.

Inhale

Bring your hands back to the body; going down first and back towards your waist then rising back to the starting point just in front of your shoulders. This is a pendulum-like movement. Imagine you're pushing a young child on a swing.

Repeat several times.

Consult the "important points" in exercise one regarding "moving in water".

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STAGE 2: STANDING STATIC

Stand with feet at shoulder width and parallel, toes facing directly forward. Legs should be straight with knees slightly bent.

Perform the torso movements as in the seated stage while keeping the lower half of the body - including the hips - still. Only move the arms and torso.

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STAGE 3: STANDING WITH FOOTWORK

METHOD: "ROCKING"

Refer to the "Rocking Step" directions.

APPLICATION

Applying the footwork to the posture:-

Stand with feet at shoulder width and parallel, toes facing directly forward. Legs should be straight with knees slightly bent.

Perform the torso movements as in the standing static stage with these additional steps:-

With your right foot in the forward position, push down and up as you exhale and move about 70% - 80%your weight onto your front right foot - raising the rear left heel a little. Then as you inhale and bring your arms down and back transfer weight to the rear left foot - lifting the right toes a little. After a few breaths you change feet - placing the left foot forwards and rocking with the left foot in front.

Do not lean forward or back. Keep the legs straight.


NOTES

Pushing Waves is taken from Shibashi (18 Breathing Exercises).

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