There are three easy variations on the basic stand I wrote about. They all involve using the arms.
- In all 3, bend your arms into a circle as if you are hugging a 50 cm tree. Your elbows should be both slightly bent and dropped lower than your hands, which should be cupped slightly with wrists bent. They are acting as a sort of reflector or waveguide. No “locked” joints, which impede the flow of chi.
- Version 1: With your arms lowered until your thumbs are at the level of your navel, hold your hands as if you were trying to radiate chi into your body center, two inches below the navel.
- Version 2: With your arms at the level of your breast, hold your hands as if you were trying to radiate chi into your heart center. Make sure the elbows are dropped 4-6 inches.
- Version 3: With your elbows held roughly at chin level, hold your hands as if you were trying to radiate chi into your head center.
Each of these delivers more effect to different parts of the body, but not necessarily where you are pointing. The heart center stand boosts the kidneys, which are thought to be the seat of power and health. The heart is supposed to be the center of raw consciousness, while the brain is said to enable directed thoughts, desires, opinions, conclusions, etc. A strange way to view human ecology.
I can’t do the arms stands because of my neck, but the “Marriage of Heaven and Earth” posture I am slated to learn is supposed to be good for the neck and shoulders (and by extension, the nerves controlling/within them) so I am hoping for some help. It still sounds like Pisces “controlling” the feet, etc. to me, though.