Explanations vary from culture to culture & from tradition to tradition. Teo Ah Keng, my "Taiji father" explained it to me like this. "Collect the Qi in the belly, let it sink to the the soles of the feet & stick there until the soles of the feet get hot, then allow the heat to rise like steam & fill the whole body with Qi."
The key is to allow the body, mind & spirit to do what they know best & not to force the training. Like any skill it takes years to hone. In the Taiji community it is said, "ten years is a small accomplishment."
Seated & standing qiqong is done to accumulate the Qi; the movement training is done to spread the qi smoothly & evenly. That is how it was taught to me orally by Ah Keng & others. Ah Keng had QuanYin [Budddhist] & Monkey King [Daoist]images on his family altar. Like many Chinese he honoured both traditions.
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