Chi Gung Exercises


Here are listed some Chi Gung exercises, unless otherwise specified use whatever breathing technique you see fit. The names of the exercises are not necessarily traditional btw.

Each of the exercises should be done five minutes at least.

Chi Builder

Stand with your feed shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, arms extended straight out at your sides about at shoulder height, palms face forward and elbows slightly bent.

Chi Builder II

This one is similar to the first one. You stand with your feed one and a half shoulder width apart, legs straight, arms raised high so that the hands are in one line with the feet, head erect.

Flapping Bird

Stand in a comfortable position with your feet shoulder width apart and your arms hanging loosely at your sides. Slowly raise your arms until they are at level with your shoulder while you are breathing in. Palms face down. When your arms have reached shoulder height lower them again while you are breathing out as slowly as possible.

Looking at the Sky (or Monkey offers Fruit)

Stand again with your feet one and a half shoulder width apart. Arms loosely hanging down. Slowly bend forward at the waist and while you are doing so move palm against palm and move the arms between your legs reaching behind your feet. Slowly straighten up again and spread your arms, bend backward slightly at the waist so you look up at the sky, arms are at about shoulder height with palms facing up. Repeat. Use the taoist reverse breathing during this exercise, breathing out while you are bending down, breathing in while you are arching back.


Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. One arm is raised in front of you with the hand hanging down, the other arm is angled slightly back with your hand at hip height, about a finger width away from the hips and fingers pointing forward. Slightly bend your knees while you reverse the position of your arms. Each change of position of the arms is one breath.

Waves II

Similar to the above. However this time you start with both arms at hip height with fingers pointing forward. Inhale while the arms are going up, exhale while you bring them back in starting position.


Stand with feet at about one and a half shoulder width apart, legs slightly bend. Arms are spread towards the sides. Bend your knees more until your thighs are parallel to the floor, palms face down while you are doing this. Move back to starting position with palms facing up.

Spreading Wings

Stand with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Elbows also slightly bent, wrists relaxed as you raise your arms to the sides until they are in one line with the shoulders. Elbows and fingers point down. While in this position try to be as relaxed as possible.

After you are done with the exercises, stand erect, feet as usual shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. Place one hand at a right angle above the other, the fingertips of your little finger touching as well as your thumbs. Turn hands over so palms face upwards, pinkie finger points at Dan Tien.




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