Form 3: Raising One Hand

Baduanjin Form 3.     Raising One Hand

       Start with a small step sideways, standing straight in a relaxed way.  Lift your hands to the stomach with palms facing upward.  Continue the movement by propping the left hand up and pressing the right hand down.  Return to the starting pose by lowering the left hand in front of your body. Remember to keep the arms vertical, left hand pointing to the right and right hand pointing ahead while stretching the arms. Reverse the action by lifting the right hand.  Inhale while lifting the arm and exhale while lowering the arm. 

       By pulling your two arms in opposite ways, the internal organs and muscles are stretched.  This exercise can nurse your stomach and strengthen the digestive system as well as the muscles in the arms and shoulders.