Master Yao Cheng Guang Talks about Pole standing
|Health healing exercises
About pole standing of Yiquan(Yi Chuan), Master often says that
if you get the essence of pole standing, you are on half way of
success. So pole standing is the entrance to Yiquan(Yi Chuan). Depending
of your real target in practicing Yiquan(Yi Chuan) and also your
method of training, you can focus more on health healing exercises
or on exercises based on combat pole standing, but both two categories
have some same characteristics:
1. Mind concentration: Deepen your concentration, regulate your
breathing and look into far distance.
2. Whole body relaxation: While maintaining your mind concentrated,
your four limbs and your body are relaxed, but you should be able
to keep your posture.
3. Breathing freely and regularly: don¡¯t inhale and exhale deeply,
just respire naturally and comfortably. If you feel not good, you
can breathe with mouth and nose together.
Health healing exercises are the basic of Yiquan(Yi Chuan), grouped
under three kinds: standing, sitting and sleeping. The main purposes
are to relax your body and calm down. How to train? According to
human physiology, any movement is connected and controlled directly
by our nerve system which is managed from the brain. So training
our brain during these healing exercises is essential.
When you begin practicing, focus your attention and maintain
your balance. You can imagine your body in hot well, warm water permeating
into your body. Two key words should be constantly referred during these
health healing exercises: relaxation and comfort:
1. Concentration of mind: For beginners mind concentration is often
hard. The less you want to think, the more you will do. So just simply
relax and lead imagination into beautiful surroundings. After a longer
period of practice you be able to deepen your relaxation. When you reach
certain levels, you will be relaxed enough so you can feel easy to fall
asleep even during these exercises. This phenomenon is normal and not
harmful to your body. But this is not what Yiquan(Yi Chuan) required,
the real practice requires concentration and quietness while your eyes
will focus on one target. Ideally you should choose quiet surroundings
but you should also be able to concentrate in adaptable to noisy places
and ignore eventual disturbances¡
2. Relaxation: When you practice,
just think that you are walking in a beautiful park with charming
scenery. Some adepts think wrongly that dropping down your arms
is relaxation. Actually it is just relaxation of muscles. In the
other hand some others lift fiercely their torso up while being
erected like a tall tree soaring into cloud. And it is also a
wrong idea. The founder of Yi Quan(Yi Chuan), Master Wang Xiang
Zhai answered to this comment that the more relaxing your body
is, the more blood circulates and the more strength you will get.
If you practice with your torso filled up your whole body will
be tightened, even obtaining of smooth circulation of blood and
breath with be challenging. I highly recommend any Yiquan(Yi Chuan)
practitioner to pay attention to this point.
3. Respiration: Breathe naturally and freely when practicing,
if you feel it necessary, you can open your mouth slightly and
try to inhale with nose. Later in your progress, you can feel
emptiness and fullness of your lower abdomen when you breathe.
This is called ¡°abdominal breathing¡±. The highest level of respiration
is that you forget it. Although you feel not breathing, it still
works naturally and slowly. Now you can imagine all the pores
are enlarged and exchanges with atmosphere. Don¡¯t try this forcedly
and you will realize it gradually. Anyhow you should respire naturally
without using your own intention to control and manage it.
4. Programming your exercises: For health healing exercises,
you should follow the principle of comfort and stop when you start to
feel exhaustion or any oher overdoing. You can control the time and
amount of exercises on the base of your own physical strength and feelings.
Because practicing can also instead of developing your potential it
will consume your physical strength excessively. There are also some
errors that if you sweat more, hold lower position and more concentration,
you can achieve better results. But the effect is just the opposite.
So you can take the normal number of heart throbbing and breath as standard.
When you don¡¯t do other physical exercises besides health healing exercises,
you should not feel tired the following day.
5. Internal changes inside your
body: By practicing seriously and regularly Yiquan(Yi Chuan) health
healing exercises, you will discover different internal reactions
according to your age, daily living habits, physical strength
and others personal characteristics. Among these internal reactions
It is caused by lactic acid which will be produced when you practice.
It is the normal physical phenomenon disappeared within 3-5 days.
Meanwhile you will suffer pain on the part of body where you once
got wounded, medical operation, stomachache, liver disease or
rheumatism. It is also normal physiological reaction.
5.2 Numbness, hotness and swelling
This is because the swell of your capillary vessels inducing better
The beginners cannot endure the consecutive contraction of muscles
because they haven¡¯t yet the ability in muscle endurance and control
of nerve system. After a certain period of practicing, this ability
will improve and shaking will vanish gradually. This is the benign
reaction issued from the nerve and muscle excitation.
5.4 Body dissymmetry
During the time of practice it may occur that the position of two hands
may be different or one hand is hot, another cold because due to the
new requirements of vegetative nerves, the relaxation and contraction
of muscles are unable to adjust or remaining effects of some diseases
contracted before. This is also the normal reaction of your internal
When you reach certain level, the reinforcement and improvement of mind
control and body metabolism contribute to this sense of comfort. In
addition there are also other phenomena such as weeping, yawning and
burping when you are exercising. Just let it be and don¡¯t constrain
After mind inducing and training of relaxation
and quietness of whole body, there are two functions of health healing
1. Body building and healing
In order to get good health the more important is to follow a right and
suitable way. Master Wang Xiang Zhai said ¡°if you practice in a wrong
way, you will severely threaten your body and your mind, maybe for lifetime...
If you don¡¯t believe me just take a look at Martial Arts Masters in the
past. Many were paralyzed. The purpose of practicing health healing exercises
is to strengthen human body, but what if it is actually harming it?¡±.
So again it is a main concern to focus on more on external and internal
body training through the mind inducing under imperative conditions of
relaxation and quietness of muscles. Then this is the optimal conditions
to improve your internal organs functions while avoiding any side effects.
In relation with physiology relaxation and quietness of muscles can tend
to reduce the excitation of sympathetic nerve system and increase the
excitation of minor sympathetic nerve system.
- Usually under stressing situation, you may tense nervously your body
then you will induce faster heart beating, deeper breathing, higher blood
pressure and more consumption of oxygen, and you can even becoming pale
with cold sweat and erection of hair. This is due to higher excitation
of the sympathetic nerve system. Large amount of your body cells are requested
while consuming more energy, so you may feel finally really exhausted.
If this situation persist in time, then your health will be directly affected
because your will not be able to adjust consequently.
- Health healing exercises under relaxation and quietness conditions may
control the excitation of sympathetic nerve effectively and stimulate
minor sympathetic nerve more inducing slower heart beating, lower blood
pressure, balanced breath and less consumption of energy. The brain finds
sufficient rest then can adjust and allow nerve system to be properly
excited. As an immediate result, you will gain better health, gaining
in overall optimism while recovering from previous diseases.
In China patients can choose suitable
postures themselves based on the advices from doctors and Yiquan(Yi Chuan)
instructors with the imperative condition of regular practice:
2. Unifying your overall body power
Due to daily life habits, everyone is used to request only parts of the
body(and partial nerve system) which fit directly to daily life and work
physical demands etc. This is the opposite approach in comparison with
the wholeness power required in practicing Yiquan(Yi Chuan). Through mind
inducing and health healing exercises while conditions of relaxation and
quietness of muscles fulfilled, this sensation of wholeness can be achieved.
Then under this sensation of wholeness you will increase the flexibility
of partial nerve system and also muscles which seldom exercised to take
part in: unifying partial nerves and muscles as a whole. It happens that
at this stage some learners may say that they feel having more strength
or aptitude in combat with opponents at the beginning of practicing health
healing exercise, but then later it seems to them losing part of this
strength or encountering more difficulties in combat situation.
There is a reason for all these: they are in the intermediate sage where
they have eliminated their previous partial force utilization and where
they are still building up the way to use a whole unified body power.