Gathering Chi


This movement warms up the muscles of your shoulders, arms, mid back, hips and knees and enhances your range-of-motion in these areas.

Set up

Stand comfortably with your feet hip width apart.


Circle your hands up the sides of your body, and then allow your palms to descend slowly. Imagine yourself outside in nature, surrounded by vibrant, healing energy. Circle your arms up and overhead, and gather all of that energy.

As your palms descend downward, imagine you're guiding that energy through every cell of your body. Bend your knees gently as you gather the energy.

Guide the energy through your heart and lungs and all of your organs.


  • You should not experience any pain in your shoulders during this warm-up exercise. If you do, decrease your range-of-motion to the point where you are no longer experiencing any discomfort.
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