Shaolin Wai Dan Exercises

Wai Dan pronounced 'Why Dan, is the practice of increasing Qi circulation by stimulating one area of the body until a large energy potential builds up and flows through the Qi channel system. In Chinese, the term Wai Dan also signifies the alchemical elixir of life also called Jin Dan, ft , and it is probable that our use of the term derives from the alchemical usage. Most Chinese alchemical texts are products of the Daoists, who were a significant force in the development of Qigong, so it...

Principles of Wai Dan Qigong

There are two types of Wai Dan exercise, moving and still. In moving Wai Dan, a specific muscle or part of the body is repeatedly tensed and relaxed as you concentrate on that muscle. Use as little tension as possible because great tension will constrict the Qi channels and prevent the flow of energy. Some practitioners do not tense their muscles at all, but merely imagine tensing them. Others tense them just enough to aid concentration. When you exercise a part of the body in this way for...

Other Popular Wai Dan Exercises

Wai Dan Huiyin Point

There are many other sets of Wai Dan exercises derived from Da Mo s sequence. In this section the most common Wai Dan sets will be introduced. These are the Open Palm Sequence, which moves power to the fingertips Moving Forms for coordinating breathing with movement of the arms, legs, and trunk and Eight Pieces of Brocade, a set of simple exercises well known throughout China. In addition, a set of Still Forms that can be used to develop stamina and flexibility are included. The open palm forms...

Translation and Glossary of Chinese Terms

An external iron shirt training method. Eight Pieces of Brocade. A Wai Dan Qigong practice said to have been created by Marshal Yue Fei during the Southern Song dynasty 1127-1279 A.D. . The eight methods of the internal martial style Liu He Ba Fa. Bai Bi 1 Swinging Arms. A simple Qigong exercise popularly practiced in China. Bai He Means White Crane. A southern Chinese martial arts style. Bao Pu Zi -tMh A well known Qigong and Chinese medical book written by Ge Hong...

Massage and Exercises after Meditation

Taoist Massage Beat The Heavenly Drum

After meditation or Qi transport training, you should massage yourself and do some loosening up exercises. The main purpose of massage is to loosen and relax the muscles on the Qi pathways. This can help you to clear your mind, and can also help to eliminate any Qi residue that might remain in certain cavities. This residue of stagnant Qi, if left in the cavities, can affect normal Qi circulation and cause muscle and cavity pain. If a partner is available, it is best to massage each other,...

Nei Dan Meditation Training

Embryonic Breathing

Small Circulation Xiao Zhou Tian -V ffl Meditation Breathing. The first and most important step for effective meditation is proper breathing. There are two basic methods in use in Chinese meditation Daoist and Buddhist. Daoist breathing, also known as Reverse Breathing Fan Hu Xi, amp . f '-5. , is used to prepare the Qi for circulation, and its proper development is crucial. In Daoist breathing the normal movement of the lower abdomen is reversed during inhalation and exhalation. Instead of...

Principles of Nei Dan Qigong

Yin Bridge Vessel

As was explained before, the method in which Qi is generated in the Dan Tian or Qihai and then guided by the mind to circulate through the entire body is called Nei Dan. The location of the Dan Tian is about one and a half inches directly below the navel. The name Dan Tian means Field of Elixir and is used by Daoist meditators. The name Qihai is used by acupuncturists and means Sea of Qi. The Dan Tian is considered to be the original source of a person's energy, because the embryo uses the...

Da Mos Yi Jin Jing Exercises

Postures Jin Jing

Da Mo Figure 2-1 , whose last name was Chadili . and who was also known as Bodhidarma, was a prince of a small tribe in southern India. From the fragments of historical records that exist it is believed he was born about 483 A.D. At that time India was considered a spiritual center by the Chinese, since it was the source of Buddhism, which was becoming very influential in China. Many of the Chinese emperors either sent priests to India to study Buddhism and bring back scriptures, or else they...

Golden Bell Cover or Iron Shirt

Chinese martial artists often demonstrate their ability by bending an iron bar pressed into their throats. They do this by concentrating Qi at the spot the bar is pressing. This is a spectacular way of demonstrating the results of a martial Qigong training system called Iron Shirt Tie Bu Shan, ife or Golden Bell Cover Jin Zhong Zhao, it . The reason for these names is that the training will enable a person to resist a blow or punch without injury or pain, as though he or she were wearing an...

General Principles of Chinese Qigong

Ren Mai Meridian

In order to understand Qigong, you must understand several concepts. The first of theseJs i. Qi is the foundation of all Chinese medical theory and Qigong. It corresponds to the Greek pneuma and the Sanskrit prana, and is considered to be the vital force and energy flow in all living things. According to the experience of Qigong practitioners, Qi can be best explained as a type of energy very much like electricity, which flows through the human or animal body. When this circulation becomes...

Historical Survey of Chinese Qigong

The Postures

There are four major divisions or schools of Qigong practice and theory that have been developed by four groups the Confucians, the Physicians, the Buddhist and Daoist monks, and the Chinese martial artists. These groups are not mutually exclusive. For example, a physician studying the workings of Qi might also be a Confucian or Daoist. However, the works we have are usually identifiable as belonging to one particular group. The Confucians were primarily interested in the workings of human...