There are several general principles which are embodied in the Wild Goose Qigong
Shifting of Body Weight
Shifting of body weight facilitates relaxation and free-flowing movement. The weighted
side is yang or more active and the unweighted side is yin or more passive and can
be more easily relaxed. The side of the body which is unweighted can stretch with
Movements are circular, round and spiral, never linear.
Circular or spiral movements are more relaxing than linear movements and they also
lead us to shifting weight, another of the Wild Goose Principles. Circular wrist
movements are particularly used in Wild Goose. Circular movements will involve the
whole body if we are relaxed. In qigong any movement is a whole-body movement.
Co-ordination of Movement with Breath
In many dynamic qigong forms, the movements are synchronised with the breath. Generally
speaking, upward arm movements are done with an inhale and downward arm movements
with an exhale. Initially the movements can be done with natural breathing without
worrying about coordinating breath and movement.
The centre and periphery are dependant upon each other. There can be no centre without
a periphery. Whenever we move one arm, always balance it with the movement of the
other arm or with the movement of one leg. Never forget the centre-periphery relationship.
We need to have two arms moving simultaneously, or one arm and one leg moving together,
in order to form a periphery. Otherwise, we won’t feel the centres.
Every movement should be a whole body movement.
The circular and spiral movements of Wild Goose particularly involve whole body movement.
Of course, we can block the involvement of the whole body if we are not relaxed.
Using positive imagery to relax the practitioner’s body and mind
The names of the postures suggest some of the imagery. In general, we imagine that
we are a carefree wild goose making the various movements of its routine: flapping
its wings, skimming over a lake, searching for food etc.