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Lying Qi Gong of Ma Li Tang Part 1

Ma Li Tang (1905-1989) was a famous modern exponent of Qi Gong. He was and expert in Martial arts, Qi Gong and traditional Chinese medicine. He is famous for popularizing the Six Healing Sounds, but also synthesized and created other forms of Qi Gong for rehabilitation. This Lying Qi Gong, created by Ma Li Tang, is a simple, yet powerful set of exercises that harmonizes the Qi Dynamic and regulates the internal organs. [1] This Qi Gong set can benefit anyone, but is particularly ideal for patients who are confined to bed. It is fairly easy to learn and can yield quick results. What I love about these exercises are that they provide a simple and straight forward, but very effective method of regulating different aspects of the Qi Dynamic. From: Chinese Qi Gong Essentials. Cen Yuefang (Beijing: New World Press, 1996) p.78-89.

Starting Position (Fig. 1)

  1. Loosen or unbutton your clothes and remove your belt and shoes.
  2. Lie on your back on a firm bed. Rest you head on a small pillow that is just high enough to see your feet.
  3. Stretch out your legs, with the feet apart and the legs relaxed so that the toes turn outward.
  4. Place your hands along your thighs, with the fingers slightly bent and the palms slightly rounded.
  5. Relax the body and let any distracting thoughts dissipate.
  6. Touch your tongue tip to the upper palate and
  7. Breathe naturally using deep abdominal breathing (Kidney Breathing). Your respiration, should be deep, slow, and even. As you breathe, focus the Mind-Intention on Dantian and This also helps you let go of distracting thoughts so that the mind becomes still.

 

Exercise 1: Water Ascends and Fire Descends

Perform this exercise for up to 30 minutes before dawn and for up to 30 minutes before going to bed at night. You can also practice the exercise again at noon for 20 minutes if you have sufficient time. Even a few minutes of practice in the morning and night gets results, so you should work within the capacity of your constitution.

Step 1: As you inhale and the lower abdomen expands, flex your ankles (dorsi-flexion) so that the toes move towards the head as you simultaneously clench your hands into loose fists with the middle fingers pressing into the Laogong points in the center of the palms (Fig. 2).

Step 2: As you exhale, the lower abdomen relaxes and the anus contracts slightly, the ankles plantar flex so that the toes extend away from the head, and the hands open (Figs. 3 and 4).

 

Step 3: Repeat these movements 8 times. Then rest by placing both hands on Dantian, and focusing your attention on Dantian (Fig. 5).

Repeat steps 1-3 at least three times, or for up to 30 minutes in the morning and evening.

Internal Action

This exercise helps Heart-Fire to descend to warm Kidney Yang and brings Kidney-Water upward to nourish the heart. This balances and harmonizes yin and yang, harmonizes the kidneys and heart, calms the heart, and strengthens the kidneys and the body’s basal energy.

Treats

Hypertension, heart disease, piles, prolapsed anus, low back pain due to kidney deficiency, and weakness of the legs and loins.

Additional Exercise for Gastroptosis (dropped stomach)

After performing the above exercise for 20-30 minutes, inhale and bend the knees up the chest, either together or alternately, so that the lower abdomen is pressed by the thighs. Repeat this action eight times (Fig. 6).

Exercise 2: Regulating Liver & Gallbladder

Step 1: Start as in Exercise 1 above. As you inhale and the lower abdomen expands, flex your ankles (dorsi-flexion) so that the toes move towards the head and also turn the ankles outward, so that the toes point outward. Simultaneously, move your hands up the sides of the ribs passing through the three acu-points on the liver channel listed below (Fig. 7):

  1. Jimai (LIV 12)
  2. Zhangmen (LIV 13)
  3. Qimen (LIV 14)

Step 2: As you exhale, the abdomen relaxes, the anus contracts slightly and the feet plantar flex (Toes away from head) and turn in ward so that the big toes touch. Simultaneously the plams push downward along the gallbladder channel brushing the points on the Gallbladder channel listed below (Fig. 8):

  1. Riyue (GB 24)
  2. Jingmen (GB25)
  3. Daimai (GB 26)
  4. Huantiao (GB 30)
  5. Fengshi (GB 31) – In the middle of the lateral thigh. The tip of your middle finger contacts Fengshi when you are standing and your arm hangs down next to thigh.

As your hands reach Fengshi, imagine that Qi continues to follow the Gallbladder down to the Qiaoyin (GB 44) points at the tip of the 4th toes.

Step 3: Repeat Steps One and Two eight times. Then rest by placing both hands on Dantian, and focusing your attention on Dantian (see Fig. 5 above).

Repeat steps 1-3 at least three times, or for up to 30 minutes in the morning and evening.

Internal Action

This exercises brings Qi in the liver channel up to the lungs and Qi in the spleen channel up to the heart. In exhalation, Qi in the gallbladder channel and stomach Qi are conducted downward to the spleen. Simultaneously, Kidney-Water is conducted upward to nourish the liver and liver and gallbladder functions are coordinated and harmonized.

Treats

Hypertension, dizziness, cerebral hemorrhage (post-stroke), and improves digestive function, improves eyesight, reduces irritability, treats cirrhosis of the liver, diarrhea, insomnia, weakness, and shaking and rigidity of the extremities.

 

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