Combining Active Exercise with Inner Health Cultivation

"Active exercise" means a series of procedures controlled by consciousness during qigong exercise in terms of determination of a proper posture, adjustment of the body, achievement of internal and external relaxation, regulation of respiration, as well as the elimination of distracting thoughts. The saying that " active exercise is vigorous breathing (wu huo)" , means to conduct breathing training under strong domination of consciousness. "Inner health cultivation" refers to the static state one falls into after active exercise, in which one carries out "wen huo" breathing (gentle breathing), feeling relaxed and comfortable, with his will and respiration feeble and faint.

In qigong practice, active exercise and inner health cultivation are done alternately and the two are interpromotive. For instance, one may have static inner cultivation after active exercise has been practised or vice versa to achieve the effectiveness of "active exercise in static cultivation" or "static cultivation in active exercise" , or we can say, "a combination of the two", to raise the quality of qigong exercise.

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