The exercise of standing still

It takes a lot of control to stand motionless. It is the tiniest movements that may take the greatest strength. Fine motor movements and control.

Here is an article from BreakingMuscle about exercising standing still.


The exercise of standing still

Most people think of exercise as movement, but there is a great form of exercise based on standing still and holding a position or series of positions for a period of time. This type of exercise is called standing qigong. I once explained standing qigong to a friend in this way: “Standing qigong has all of the benefits of yoga, but you don’t have to tie yourself up in knots.” That is an oversimplification, but it communicates that standing is both mental and physical exercise all on its own.

Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is a form of exercise that is part of traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese internal martial arts. Internal arts are martial arts that include some form of energy cultivation and use the mind to lead the body. Tai Chi is probably the most famous internal martial art.

Qigong means “energy-work.” It is a practice of working with your energy using both mind and body. People are often drawn to such practices when they want something more than physical exercise, or when they are dealing with a physical or psychological issues like stress or anxiety, as it can often help both.

Standing Qigong

My favorite type of qigong is the standing variety. Standing qigong involves standing in a specific posture for a period of time. It sounds simple, and it definitely has less moving parts than a 108-part Tai Chi form, but it is still challenging. The great thing about standing qigong is that it requires no equipment, fancy clothes, or special location. You can practice anywhere. That also means no excuses for not doing it.

The following is my favorite standing qigong posture, and a great introduction to the practice:

  • Choose a level space and stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees and push your weight slightly to the outside edges of your feet.
  • Think about a string being tied to the back of your head pulling it up. Let that feeling gently pull your body until it is erect, but not stiff.
  • Take a deep inhale, and let your arms softly float up to the level of your chest.
  • Let your arms form a circle. Think of holding a large sphere of energy.
  • Drop your shoulders.
  • Stand in this posture for a minute or two to start. Use a timer or count your breaths.

This posture provides a frame for your body to work from; a base for your motion. It has so much utility that you may want to keep using it even after you have a whole catalog of postures to choose from.

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