Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | March 23, 2009

Kua, mingmen, and crows nest

In tai chi, these three areas are very important. The kua is the area of the body where the upper thighs meet the torso, in other words, mostly the groin area and the lower stomach. If you know anatomy, on either side are the psoas muscles that reach from the groin, under the perineum and attach to the back of the spine. So, when we sit in our stance, we aren’t using the knees to go up and down, but relaxing and tensing the kua, or psoas muscles. This area is the train station of the body, with many muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and lymph nodes. So, the gentle massaging through movement, left and right, up and down, are very good for you. I’m posting a video on youtube today demonstrating what I mean, so visit my youtube channel and take a look.

The mingmen is the area of the lower back, which, we pull down, just a little bit, to open and straighten the spine. This facilitates good posture, chi flow through the spine, and strong back muscles.

The crows nests are the little divots just under the collar bone near the shoulders. When we round out our back, rounding the shoulder blades, just a bit, not too much, we open these divots, or energy centers, and finish off having a good, rounded, rooted posture. Oh, and don’t forget, relax the shoulders, drop the elbows!


  1. Great video ! Somehow, the more I learn, the more I feel like re-visiting these fundamentals. Thank you very much. Salutations and Regards.

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