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.