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Baguazhang Mother Palms: Heaven Palm Application

Baguazhang (Pakua Chang)

The practice of Baguazhang is fundamentally organized as a collection of "Eight Palms." The basic practice of these is called the Mother Palms. These palms are then joined in a more complex set, combining both a polar and cyclical set of energies known as the "Old Eight Palms." This application example comes from the Jiang Rong Qiao Style of Baguazhang.

Essentially the palm shape for Heaven is characterized as a palm (or palms) that face up towards "heaven." Energetically, the Heaven Palm is often associated with "early winter" which ardent practitioners of Bagua utilize as a transition period to begin preparing for winter, by practicing both standing still and circle walking with outstretched arms and the palms facing upwards, drinking plenty of fluids, such as spring water, as well as chrysanthemum, eagle vision, chamomile, huangjuhua, or related teas or elixirs.

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Heaven Palm Application


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