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The Nine Essences of Hsing-I

Once you have the 6 harmonies, and 8 methods figured out, you need to move onto the 9 essences in Hsing-I. The nine essences are as follows:

Body:

Should be straight. never leaning in any direction.

Shoulder:

Should be dropped downward. It is thorough the shoulders that the strength is transferred to your hands.

Arms:

The lead arm is stretched forward, the rear is close to the ribs.

Hands:

The rear hand should be at the Tan Tien. The Lead held Chest level. The palms should face downward, with even strength.

Fingers:

Are separated and shaped like hooks. The index finger and thumb form a crescent.  There must be strength  in the fingers.

Legs:

Are kept straight, yet slightly bowed like a chicken.

Feet:

The toes point forward, the rear foot points at a 45 degree angle. The toes must be firm.

Tongue:

The tongue is rolled and touches the roof of the mouth.  Chi can then sink to the tan tien when the eyes are lowered.

Hips:

The hip tilt slightly forward so that chi moves to the limbs.

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