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Jin Ji Du Li Exercise

Jin Ji Du Li Rooster On One Leg

Written by Mimi Low

A coach, mentor and writer who Is passionate about helping individuals be their personal inner best and who aspires to share the virtues of love, kindness and compassion In making a better world.


What I am about to share here probably has been shared around the world many times. Today I’m going to talk about Jin Ji Du Li or Golden Rooster Stands On One Leg; a simple and yet effective Chinese exercise that originated from Shaolin’s San Lu Pao basic training.
Healthcare has always been my number one priority as I believe that without health, we cannot enjoy life to the fullest. And I am a firm believer of living life to its fullest!
This effective exercise only takes up less than 3 minutes of our daily time with huge positive impact! It is said that that when “Jin Ji Du Li” exercise is practised daily, it can help heal many illnesses and diseases such as hypertension, high blood sugar/diabetes, neck and spinal problems, and even dementia.
“Jin Ji Du Li” is practised by standing stationary on one leg with your eyes closed. This may sound easy but try doing it, and tell me how you did!
According to Zhong Li Ba Ren, a Chinese Master on this technique, diseases appear because the coordination between the various internal organs encounter problems and the body loses its balance. If we are over forty, and we cannot maintain our balance for more than 10 seconds, it means we have an aging body of sixty plus! “Jin Ji Du Li” can re-adjust the inter-relationship and functions between these organs, and helps to regress and improve the situation.
“Sifu” Zhong has written a book titled “Self Help is Better than Seeking Doctors’ Help” that teaches simple practical health tips, which has become the best seller in China. In this book, he promotes this one leg standing technique or “Jin Ji Du Li” exercise. He recommends that this exercise be done with your eyes slightly closed. He also points out that there are 6 important meridians passing through our legs. By standing on one leg, the weak meridians will feel sore and will get the required massage, and the corresponding organs along these meridians and their pathways will receive the appropriate “treatment”.
You do not actually need to lift your leg high as it is said that if your internal organs are unbalanced, even lifting your leg a teeny weeny bit will make you wobble. However, if you are a beginner, do expect this effect as your body is just not trained to maintain a standing balance with one leg and eyes closed!
Master Zhong has pointed out that many people are unable to stand on one foot with their eyes closed even for 5 seconds, but with daily practice, eventually we will all be able to balance for more then 2 minutes! As you gain the ability to stand for a longer period, the feeling of “heavy head and light feet” will disappear. The quality of sleep improves and the mind clears up with significant memory improvement.
Right now, the most apparent benefit of doing the “Jin Ji Du Li” for me is the ability to maintain my balance and equilibrium. With practice, I hope to stand for 5 minutes a day, and start having a balanced body!
So get off your butt now, have some fun and put some practice into this technique and do the “Jin Ji Du Li” 🙂

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