TAO STRETCHING
tiangans (heavenly stems)
Power Yoga Stretching Sets from the Baguazhang System

Extends the Intuition to All Parts of the Body



Opens the Hips, Buttocks, Legs and Trunk of the Body



Body Conditioning, Stretching and Strengthening for Throwing an Opponent

 

 

 

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heavenstems stretch
Above, is a photo of Joseph Zeisky on the grounds of the Morro Fortress in Puerto Rico, holding a posture from a baguazhang power stretching set, called Tiangans (heavenly stems).
Heavenly stems stretching sets are designed to simultaneously open and condition the body, strengthen the legs and buttocks and to refine one's intuition, in order to develop the skills and power necessary to throw a larger and or stronger opponent.

 

Tiangans (heavenly-stems) are similar to performing a type of power yoga, where the body is greatly strengthened and conditioned because of the more physically demanding postures. These stretching sets especially work the inner and outer thighs, buttocks, hips, legs and waist, simultaneously developing power with agility. Tiangan training also helps to extend the intuitive-primal energy to all parts of the body, thereby better preparing the body to be able to apply the unique Bagua hitting and throwing skills.

 

These stretching routines are primarily performed in medium to low stances with legs wide apart, and then they are gently performed at much lower positions. The speed by which you link one posture to next starts off slowly, in order to give the body time to completely release any bound tissues, and then also progresses to a faster rhythm with emphasis on elongating the body’s limbs.

 

The photos below are a sample of a series of postures done in the Tiangan set called, Tiao, "To Lift Up."

 

 

 

 

 

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