Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong
Standing like a pillar (Zhan Zhuang) is one of the oldest Qi Gong exercises in China. Even in Laozi's (also known as Lao Tse) Tao Te Ching Daoist scholars speaks of the people who connect heaven and earth.
In this exercise, the practitioner is refine able to perceive the flow of energy in the body better, and also correct the body posture, which is a key to Taijiquan.
Initially, most students are not able to remain more than a few minutes in this exercise. With time and practice, it is possible to practise longer and more concentrated and finally sink into the standing meditation.