Exercise #21 – T’ai Chi, Hands Waving in Clouds

Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.”
Tao Te Ching, #23, Translated by S. Mitchell



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While praticing this exercise, imagine you are brushing wisps of clouds from in front of your face, chest and abdomen.  The source of energy is the meridian called daimei that is located at the waist.  As you twist from the waist, ch’i is released and travels along your arms.

Exercise #21 – Hands Waving in Clouds

Benefits: Hands Waving in Clouds will strengthen your shoulder and upper arm muscles and trim your waist as you turn from side to side.

Posture: Remain seated with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Don’t forget to hold yourself erect.

Illustration by Jane Ramsey 

  1. Begin with your left hand at eye level and your right directly in front of your lower dan tien at the lowest part of your abdomen.
  2. Breathe in through your nose, then twist from your waist to the left.  Your left palm should be facing you at eye level while your right hand moves in front of your abdomen with the fingers trailing.  In other words, your right hand is moving with your body to the left with the palm facing away from you.
  3. Reverse your hands so that the right hand is at eye level and the left in front of your lower abdomen as you twist to the right while breathing out through your mouth.
  4. This should be one fluid movement from left to right and back again, breathing in while twisting to one side and blowing out as you twist to the other.
  5. Repeat for at least 9 sets.  Then return your hands to your thighs and relax your arms.


 Use the acupressure point, Outer Arm Bone, to enhance your session and for the benefit of your arms and shoulders.


  • You’ll find this point on the outer surface of your upper arm about a third of the way down from the top of your shoulder.
  • Press firmly for no less than 30 seconds on each arm. 

Benefits – If used regularly, this acupressure point will relieve sore arms and shoulders and stiff necks.


 Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty.  A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician regarding the amount of water appropriate for your condition.

~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~



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