28 Constellation Gong Pt 10

Although we always start the seminars with a lecture, there is often some knowledge or thinking which comes up during the movements that is just as interesting to think about.

Sigong started the 10th 28 Constellation seminar by talking about Jing, Qi and Shen, and how they work like a cauldron, boiling upwards from the lower dantian to the upper dantian — with some lovely illustrations from Sitai, this was an interesting topic.
However, later on between movements Sigong talked about how in this form we begin walking the first seven constellations with the energy high, at the upper dantian — and then the next seven we bring the energy lower to the middle dantian, with the last two walks concentrating on the middle dantian area. With this in mind, it is perhaps no surprise that the new part of the form is now working on the legs, lower still, and even helping the qi down the leg channels with the hands.
I thought this was an interesting counterpoint — that regular practice stores and rises the qi up, but in this form we are bringing it down and even releasing it. There are so many different ways to understand and relate with the qi in the body! I am sure the coming movements will have us focusing on the legs in the other three directions as well, so it will be interesting to see how the movements progress and whether this pattern continues.

If there was ever a form which made me doubt my ability to count to eight, it is this one! I’m glad the season is changing because I think 28 Constellation Gong is really a form that I need to take outside so that I don’t have to keep moving back and losing track of which step I am on, then ending a set on the wrong side. Although that said, maybe I don’t need the season to change too much — I am still very surprised when I do the more vigorous qigong forms that the more internally I seem to manage to perform the movement, the warmer it makes my body. Bigger external movements look like they are so much more effort that you would expect them to warm you up a lot, but no, internal is the best for that lovely warm glow afterwards.

Thanks Sigong for keeping us all warm at the end of winter!

by Lee Baylis

Student Comments

Thank you Sifu for a great 28 Constellation Gong seminar. Great to polish and very nice to catch up with Yun Ki in Hong Kong and Kay in Cambridge. It is always a treat to see everyone on these zoom seminars. Vanessa

Great lecture on Qi development, including Yuan Shen and inspiring traditional story on one of the immortals. Going to need all the Qi I can store to keep my lefts and rights straight with 28 Constellation Gong. Thanks, Sigong! Kay

I enjoyed the lecture on the basic ideas of Qigong and how it works. Feeling warm and energised after all the stepping and circling.
Thank you Sigong.
Paul Hogg

I was just talking in the breakout room about how the form starts with the energy high at the upper dantian and then moves down, past the middle dantian to the lower dantian and then the legs — and then Sigong said the same thing when demonstrating so my sky eye must be open. I am still very surprised when I do the more vigorous qigong forms that the more internally I seem to manage to perform the movement, the warmer it makes my body — bigger external movements look like they are so much more effort that you would expect them to warm you up a lot, but no, internal is the best for that lovely warm glow afterwards. Thanks Sigong for keeping us all warm at the end of winter!
Lee B

It took me a while to get back into the last walking bits, but I think I’m getting it now. Anyway, I’m definitely feeling more energised! I really liked the story about Lü Yan and his path towards immortality. Thank you Sigong
Peter H

I really enjoyed learning about the three types of energies and how we can develop them together through our practice. The last movements will really help us developing our legs/arms coordination together with the change of directions left/right. Thank you for the very enjoyable seminar, Sifu. Manuela

Really enjoyed the lecture today, and also the story, explaining how society functioned in the past, very interesting. Coordination is more difficult in the 28 Constellations form, so have to focus when practicing! Thank you Sigong. Christine

I very much enjoyed the lecture. It’s always interesting to learn about how our Qi and Spirit can develop. The stepping movements are very intricate and it will take some time to get fully right but I like the energy of the new part. Thank you Sifu!
-Radu

Thank you Sigong for a very interesting seminar on how to connect with the 28 constellations and on the various steps for progress of our qigong practice. It was very good to remember sequences and details. Looking forward to next one!
Michalis

I really enjoyed Sigong’s very animated and interesting lecture and it was great to polish this form I love so much.
Lee M