The series continues with this post on the “Fire” Exercise. This exercise, which is typically taught third, is an excellent way to exercise the legs and stretch the associated joints: knees, ankles and hips.
“Fire” Meditation (불 선)
Chinese Name: Li
Directional Relationship: East
Familial Relationship: Second Daughter
Directions for Executing “Fire”
Turn both feet out 45 degrees. Squat down and bring right arm above head. Palm should be facing down and fingers pointing away from body to right side. Turn hand palm up, fingers pointing away from body to right side. Turn hand palm up, fingers pointing to the left. Straighten legs and stand on balls of feet. Press up with right hand, stretching right side of body. Lower right hand, palm facing away from body. At the same time lower heels to the ground. Heels should touch the ground at the same time the right hand is even with the solar-plexus. Bring hand around back and touch left elbow without touching back with any part of arm. Retreat with left side.
Squat down and bring both hands up, palms facing chest, to about shoulder height. Shift weight to left foot. Extend right leg, forming a left squat stretch. Straighten left leg and press hands to right side as if pushing a heavy object (low). Turn body to the left. Straighten right leg and press hands to the left side (middle). Turn body to the right. Straighten left leg and press hands to the right side (high). Repeat on other side.
Something to think about….