Qi Gong and the benefits of Wall Squats (Zhineng)

Greetings Dear Readers,

Thought I’d share a little tip my Qi Gong teacher once said to me:

“100 wall squats a day, never catch a cold”.

Cool I thought.  I’m always curious, so I did more research on the benefits of wall squats.

Benefits of Zhineng Qi Gong (AKA Wall squats):

*   Wall Squatting is used frequently in China to treat neurological disorders, such as at the Zhineng Qigong Recovery Centre, also called the  “medicineless Hospital” 

*    Activates the kidney meridian (most important system in Traditional Chinese Medicine for increasing vitality and      long life) which bring increased health and strength to the kidneys and adrenals

*    The kidney system in TCM has a spiritual counterpart, the “Zhi”, one’s will or inner fortitude to accomplish one’s                     goals.  Practicing wall squats will boost your reserves and give strength and fearlessness to face life’s challenges with             gusto.

*     Balances reproductive hormones

*     Increases energy

*     Loosens up the back, aligns the spine, opens and clears blockages in the Ren and Du meridians

*     In disease, much of our “Qi” or energy gets stuck around the waist and lower abdomen (also called “lower Dan Tien”).   Since wall squatting                              unblocks this, it has great power to heal many health problems.

*     Strengthens knees, legs and pelvis

*     Increase post-natal qi (in TCM you are born with a certain amount of pre-natal, also called ancestral qi, the rest of your qi comes from post-natal qi with is the energy you gather from how you live your life such as how you eat, how you exercise)

*     Wall Squats promotes Qi and blood flow through the whole body, especially good for the lower back and limbs.

Have you tried wall squats for any length of time?  What do you think about it? Love to hear your responses:)


7 thoughts on “Qi Gong and the benefits of Wall Squats (Zhineng)”

  1. this practice came to me, via someone reading my blog on my walk with cancer. she does 500 a day! i started 2 weeks ago and am doing 60-80 a day in 20 rep. sets though out the day. they are truly transformative. approach them with great respect for they open up a pandora’s box of first and second chakra things to be healed. i am a yoga teacher, but even so, starting out was a challenge. be mindful, slow, focused and graceful. beautiful. thank you for listing the other numerous benefits. blessings, jodeen

  2. greetings, thank you for posting the benefits of these wall squats. this practice came to me a couple of weeks ago via a woman who is following my blog about my walk with cancer. she too has cancer and does 500 of these a day! i am doing 4 or 5 sets of 20 thru out the day and the results are extremely powerful. opens up a giant pandora’s box of first and second chakra material. approach this practice with great respect, move slowly, mindfully and don’t over do it. deep transformation, strong grounded heart space…and buns and thighs of steel 🙂 blessings, jodeen

  3. Glad you are feeling the benefits. The story is I first learned about this practice from a Qi Gong teacher who was helping people get through cancer. There are folks in China who do as many as 1200 per day. It’s based in medical Qi gong, which is based on using the power of qi to help the body overpower or push out illness. If the person’s qi is strong enough, illness can’t take hold. Some people have had tumours dissolve from either practicing qi gong for several hours a day and/or going to see a medical qi gong practitioner who channels their own qi into the affected area of the patient.
    Thanks for sharing your story Jodeen. Keep me posted. Blessings, Cynthia

  4. Hello and thank you for this nice post on Qi gong wall squats

    Can you kindly advise ~ Do we inhale as we go down or exhale ?

    Thank you very much !

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