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34 EXERCISES

33. PUSH THE SWING

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STAGE 1: STEATED

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

In the beginning position, the wand is placed in wide grip against the upper chest. You are facing forward.

Inhale. Then:-

Exhale

Lower the wand, horizontally, close to the body so that the shaft lands on your upper thighs, then push the wand forward towards your knees.

Inhale

Lift the wand upward head height and bring it back to the starting position on your upper chest.

Repeat sequences a few times.

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STAGE 2: STANDING STATIC

Stand with feet in medium-wide stance, holding the wand in wide grip against the upper chest. The legs must be straight.

Inhale. Then:-

Exhale

Lower the wand a to the lower abdomen, horizontally, keeping it close to the body, following the wand with your eyes. Then push the wand forwards and up, your arms straightening when the wand is at head height in front of you.

Inhale

Reverse the movement and bring the wand back down towards the lower abdomen then up to the chest, keeping the wand close to the body as you do wo.

Repeat.

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METHOD: "REAR BALANCE STEP"

Refer to the "Rear Balance method in the footwork section.

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 stage with these additional steps:-

As you push forward, step to the rear with the right foot, returning parallel when the wand returns to the beginning position. As you push forward again, step to the rear with the left foot, returning parallel when the wand returns to the beginning position.

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HISTORY

This posture is based on the Qigong Shibashi posture called "Pushing Waves".

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