Qi Energy Exercises

Qi Relaxation Exercise 3

Grimace qi exercise.


The face has almost innumerable muscles, and they certainly do not get to rest that often. I have heard somewhere that the most muscles relax when we smile, but I doubt it – maybe if it is of Mona-Lisa’s mysterious kind. I bet that most muscles relax when we have a blank expression in our faces. That is not so easy to accomplish at will as it would seem. You can work your way toward it with this exercise and the next one.

       So, both these exercises should be done one after the other – or at the same time – and with the purpose of getting a blank expression in your face, one without any particular mood or sentiment.

  1. You can do this exercise standing or sitting. It is possible to do it lying down as well, but that is not recommendable.

  2. Grimace with all your face. Tighten every muscle as if you took a bite on a lemon. Your whole face should wrinkle. At the same time, inhale through your nose.

  3. Relax your face suddenly, and open the mouth by letting your chin fall. At the same time, exhale through your mouth.

  4. Repeat at least once. There is no point in doing it that many times. Actually, it is not easy to do it equally well if repeated more than two or three times.

       In addition to being kind of comical, this exercise actually helps to relax your facial muscles. You may be able to feel how the pressure in them sort of releases from inside, as if they softened and got a little heavier. Don’t worry that it will make your facial features flabby – on the contrary, it will make them more springy and energetic.

Qi Relaxation Exercises

Here is a set of simple exercises by which to make your body relax. That's important to release your body enough to increase your qi energy flow. I recommend you to follow the order given below, at least in the beginning, when you familiarize yourself with the exercises and what they do to you. After that, you can choose according to your own needs.

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