Qigong Wake-Up

This basic series is part of a warm-up sequence called Awakening the Chi. The intention is to move Chi (energy) up from and then back to the dantian, a point two finger widths below the navel that’s the body’s center of gravity and balance. Do all these actions very slowly; breathe in and out very deeply.

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Step 1

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms hanging by your sides, knees slightly bent, palms facing toward your body, fingers slightly curled in and eyes looking ahead. 

Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Step 2

Place your hands in front of a point two fingers’ width below navel, palms facing up, fingers almost touching. Breathing in, raise hands to the chest, palms still facing up.

Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Step 3

Breathing out, turn your hands around so they face the ground, then lower hands to where you started, below the navel. Repeat the arm movements 6 to 8 times.

Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
First Published November 8, 2011

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