Form 2: Drawing the Bow

Baduanjin Form 2.     Drawing the Bow

       Take a big side step with feet at two-shoulders’ width.  Lift your hands, forearms crossed.  Stretch out the left arm with the index and the middle fingers erect and other fingers bent.  Bend the right arm while making a fist and draw the elbow to the right side.  Bend your knees as if riding on a horse and drawing a bow.  Repeat this movement to the other side.  Inhale when drawing the bow and exhale when return to the starting pose.  Remember to keep your weight centered on the middle and withdraw the buttocks while drawing the bow.

       This form can enhance the functions of the respiratory and circulatory systems.  Practicing this form can strengthen the muscles of the hands, arms, chest, and thighs.