There is some speculation that part of the reason why elderly people experience more incidences of cancer and infections than younger people is because their thymus gland is so small. Some scientists are trying to discover if the thymus gland can be regenerated in the elderly people. This simple qigong exercise may very well be the answer. So please practice this Qigong to stay young!
How to build up Chi (Qi) to fight off illness and maintain good health
1. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart.
2. Relax the whole body.
3. Inhale as you raise your arms forwards and upwards with palms facing each other until they are in line with your ears, make sure you arms and fingers are straight.
4. Hold your breathe and at the same time grab the ground with your toes and tighten your anus for about 9 seconds.
5. Exhale and relax your toes and anus.
6. Inhale as you slowly lower your arms to the side at shoulder level.
7. Hold your breathe and at the same time grab the ground with your toes and tighten your anus for about 9 seconds.
8. Move arms to the front at chest level.
9. Form two fists and inhale to maximum capacity.
10. Hit your chest while exhaling hard with a "Hey" sound. (Sound comes from the abdomen)
11. Release your fists and relax your toes and anus.
12. Continue to exhale as you move your arms forwards.
13. Inhale as you spread your arms to the side.
14. Continue to inhale as you lift your arms upwards.
15. Exhaling and bring your hands downwards with palms facing downwards (visualize you are collecting qi with your palms and the qi you collected form a mist around your whole body to protect you).
Repeat steps 1-15 as many cycles as necessary until you break sweat.
Please read this post to understand more about Qigong and Healing: Zhan Zhuang - Foundation of Internal Martial Arts
You can watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROCyfHthxlI&feature=youtu.be
Originally published in Tai Chi, Qigong & Feng Shui Institute