FIRST BE HEALTHY
I would just like to thank you for such a wonderful web page. I have no medical problems other than a mild curvature of my spine though it does not bother me and has not affected my flexibility I have begun doing the horse stance to increase the time I can stand and I am also stretching regularly.
Thank you for your kind words.
Although your spine does not give you much problem, it is better to overcome the slight defect, and then further strengthen it. Your spine is your backbone, which figuratively means it greatly influences how well you can perform and how much you can approach your full potential. Your spine not only holds you up structurally, but also houses your central nervous system which control your physical movements, physiological functions as well as intellectual activities.
Ideally you should come to my Intensive Chi Kung Course which will be excellent for your spine, but in practical terms this is not necessary. As your case is not serious, you can practise “Lifting the Sky” and “Carrying the Moon” from my books, and you can achieve good results. Just do the two exercises as I have described in my books; don't add anything — in action or in thought — on your own. For example, if I say “breathe in gently”, just do that. Do not breathe in gently and think of chi flowing to the curvature of your spine — this is adding something extra.
You may continue your Horse-Riding Stance and stretching exercise, but give priority to “Lifting the Sky” and “Carrying the Moon”. For example, if you have time for doing only one exercise, then practise either “Lifting the Sky” or “Carrying the Moon”, rather than Horse-Riding Stance or stretching.
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