Water Wheel Tuning – December 17, 2023 – January 13, 2024

We want to thank Karen Kohlhaas for directing and editing the Roots and Branches 5 Element DVD. Her contribution to these beautiful videos has greatly enhanced our ability to share this work with people all over the world.


The duration of the work is a minimum of 10 minutes to an optimum of 21 minutes. The given times are a recommendation. You can change the timing to your need or preference.

  • Embrace the TAO position – one minute
  • Constant Bear – three minutes
  • Kidney Yin/Waterfall and Kidney Yang/Fountain below the feet – five minutes
  • Kidney massage 49 times (as it is in the video clip)
  • Embrace the TAO position – one minute

Holding the kidney yin and kidney yang positions generates qi. Hold until you experience some burning in the thighs. You can also shift back and forth from position to position. Listen to your body and do what works for you each day.

You can use a timer (like the Insight Timer app). You can work longer if that feels good. It is all about letting go of stress and pressure and strengthening your inner core.

Keep track of your health and well-being:
We would like you to write down how you feel at the beginning and end of the tuning. On a scale of one to ten:

In what condition are your reserves?

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Spirit, in general

How vital do you feel?

  • Physical
  • Mental / Focus
  • Emotional
  • Spirit, in general


  • Embrace the TAO position
  • Constant Bear and the Looking Owl
  • Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang
  • Kidney massage

You can purchase the Roots and Branches Qi Gong DVD or stream it from: smile.amazon.com
Or you may be able to purchase it from your local tai chi location.

A donation to the Tai Chi Foundation from participants would be appreciated.