Conclusion

As mentioned in chapter 1, Chinese Qigong has a number of different styles, or schools, which come from different sources. One style, which was developed by scholars and is now practiced by the general populace, is devoted to maintaining health. A second style was developed by Chinese doctors and concentrates on healing. A third style was developed in the Buddhist and Daoist religions to help the devotees reach the goal of immortality. This style seeks not only to improve and maintain health,...

Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health

YMAA Publication Center Main Office 1-800-669-8892 www.ymaa.com ymaa aol.com First Edition Copyright 1988 by Yang's Martial Arts Association YMAA Second Edition Copyright 1997 by Yang, Jwing-Ming All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Publisher's Cataloging in Publication Prepared by Quality Books Inc. Eight simple qigong exercises for health the eight pieces of brocade by Yang Jwing-Ming. Rev. ed. Qigong health amp healing Chinese and English....

Seventh Piece

Muscular Power

Screw the fist with fiery eyes to increase Qi Li body and mind healthy, the spirit of vitality comfortable. Ride the horse and squat down, straightening the chest. Hold the fist or strike with palm, using more force. Left and right, two hands grasp in turn. Grasp, hold, fiery eyes, use Li Qi. Practice This piece is very similar to the second piece. Step your right foot to the side and squat down in a horse stance, holding your body erect and your fists beside your waist Figure 4-34 . Tighten...

Definition of Qi and Qigong

In order to understand Qigong, you must first understand Qi. Qi is the energy or natural force which fills the universe. There are three general types of Qi. Heaven the sky or universe has Heaven Qi Tian Qi, which is made up of the forces which the heavenly bodies exert on the earth, such as sunshine, moonlight, and the moon's affect on the tides. The Earth has Earth Qi Di Qi, which absorbs the Heaven Qi, and is influenced by it. Humans have Human Qi Ren Qi, which is influenced by the other...

Introduction

Before you start your Qigong training, you must first understand the three treasures of life Jing essence, H , Qi internal energy, IL , and Shen spirit, as well as their interrelationship. If you lack this understanding, you are missing the root of Qigong training, as well as the basic idea of Qigong theory. The main goals of Qigong training are to learn how to retain your Jing, strengthen and smooth your Qi flow, and enlighten your Shen. To reach these goals you must learn how to regulate the...

Regulating the Qi

Before you can regulate your Qi, you must first regulate your body, breath, and mind. If you compare your body to a battlefield, then your mind is like the general who generates ideas and controls the situation, and your breathing is the strategy. Your Qi is like the soldiers who are led to various places on the battlefield. All four elements are necessary, and all four must be coordinated with each other if you are to win the war against sickness and aging. If you want to arrange your soldiers...

The History of Qigong

Water Path Qigong

Chinese Qigong history can be divided roughly into three periods. The history of the first period is vague, although it is considered to have started when the Yi Jing Book of Changes, was introduced to the Chinese people sometime before 2400 B.C., and to extend until the Han dynasty 206 B.C., amp when Buddhism and its meditation methods were imported from India. This led Qigong practice and meditation into the second period, the religious Qigong era. This period lasted until the Liang dynasty...

Qigong Theory and Training Categories

Many people think that Qigong is a difficult subject to understand. In some ways, this is true. However, you must understand one thing regardless of how difficult the Qigong theory and practice of a particular style are, the basic theory and principles are very simple and remain the same for all of the Qigong styles. The basic theory and principles are the roots of the entire Qigong practice. If you understand these roots, you will be able to grasp the key of the practice and grow. All of the...

Fifth Piece

Sway the head and swing the tail to get rid of the heart fire when heart fire is strong, use the metal lung to subdue. Hands press the knee caps, repeatedly sway and swing. Blood flows smoothly, many good benefits. If the muscles tendons are cramped, legs sore, and body numb, repeatedly extend and press heavily, do not waste time hesitate . Practice Step your right leg one step to the right and squat down in a horse stance. Place your hands on top of your knees, with the thumbs on the outside...

History of the Eight Pieces of Brocade

History Chinese Exercise

The Eight Pieces of Brocade were created by Marshal Yue Fei Figure 1-3 to improve the health of his soldiers. It is said that originally there were twelve pieces of brocade, but after being passed down from generation to generation for more than eight hundred years, they were edited down to eight pieces. Yue Fei is not only credited with being the creator of the Eight Pieces of Brocade, but he is also recognized as the founder of two martial styles Eagle Claw an external style and Xingyi an...

The Fire Path

The Fire Path in Qigong is the most fundamental Nei Dan practice among the three. This path is used both by Qigong practitioners and martial artists. In the Fire Path, a practitioner usually builds his Qi in the Lower Dan Tian Field of Elixir, fl- through either abdominal breathing or purely through thinking. When the Qi is built up to a level, he will use his mind to lead the Qi to circulate through the Conception and Governing Vessels Ren Mai and Du Mai, frAfc . This path starts at the Lower...

Google Search Wai Tai Mi

Translation and Glossary of Chinese Terms Eight Pieces of Brocade. A Wai Dan Qigong practice which is said to have been created by Marshal Yue Fei during the Southern Song dynasty 1127-1279 A.D. . Literally, Eight Divinations. Also called the Eight Trigrams. In Chinese philosophy, the eight basic variations shown in the Yi Jing as groups of single and broken lines. Eight Trigrams Palm. One of the internal Qigong martial styles, believed to have been created by Dong, Hai-Chuan between 1866 and...

Regulating the Shen Spirit

There is one thing that is more important than anything else in a battle, and that is fighting spirit. You may have the best general, who knows the battlefield well and is also an expert strategist, but if his soldiers do not have a high fighting spirit morale , he might still lose. Remember, spirit is the center and root of a fight. When you keep this center, one soldier can be equal to ten soldiers. When his spirit is high, a soldier will obey his orders accurately and willingly, and his...

Fourth Piece

Qigong Exercises Twist And Release

Five weaknesses and seven injuries, wait and see later they'll be gone train long, exercise long, tendons and bones strong. Weakness injuries from over-exertion all because the internal organs are weak. Thrust out straighten the chest and twist the neck to take a good look to the rear. Hold the waist and hold up the chest, the body is upright. Especially effective in curing internal injury. Practice Stand easily and comfortably with both feet parallel as before, and your hands hanging down...

Sitting Eight Section Brocade

Before birth you have no Qi of your own, but rather you use your mother's Qi. When you are born, you start creating Qi from the Original Jing which you received from your parents. This Qi is called Pre-birth Qi, as well as Original Qi. It is also called Pre-heaven Qi Xian Tian Qi because it comes from the Original Jing which you received before you saw the heavens which here means sky , i.e. before your birth. 3. The verb image used here means to mentally create something that you treat as...

After the Han Dynasty and before the Liang Dynasty to AD

In China, the Han dynasty was a glorious and peaceful period. It was during the Eastern Han dynasty c. 58 A.D., fcfc that Buddhism was imported to China from India. Because the Han emperor was a sincere Buddhist, Buddhism soon spread, and became very popular. Many Buddhist meditation and Qigong practices, which had been practiced in India for thousands of years, were absorbed into the Chinese culture. The Buddhist temples taught many Qigong practices, especially stilt meditation or Chan Zen, '...

Three Treasures Jing Qi and Shen

Before you start any Qigong training, you must first understand the three treasures San Bao, -f Jing essence, ft , Qi internal energy, , and Shen spirit, . They are also called the three origins or the three roots San Yuan, because they are considered the origins and roots of your life. Jing means the Essence, the most original and refined part of every thing. Jing exists in everything. It represents the most basic part of anything which shows its characteristics. Sperm is called Jing Zi f ,...

The Wind Path

In Wind Path Qi circulation, once the Qi is built up in the Lower Dan Tian, the practitioner will lead the Qi to circulate in the opposite direc-Figure 1-5 t'on as the Fire Path Figure 1-6 . There are many reasons for doing this 1. To cut down the excess Qi circulation Fire to the internal organs. 2. To slow down the natural Qi circulation in the Conception and Governing Vessels if they have become too positive due to sickness, injury, or any other reason. 3. One of the Qigong practices is to...

Sixth Piece

Exercise Strengthen Kidney Chinese

Two hands hold the feet to strengthen the kidneys and waist when the kidneys and waist are strong the entire body is strong. Bend the waist and hold the feet. It is the most effective way to strengthen the muscles tendons and bones. One down one up, the life force greatly increases. It is the best way to prevent colds. Practice Move your left leg back so that your feet are shoulder width apart. Press both palms down slightly beside your waist Figure 4-29 , then move your hands up in front of...

Before the Han Dynasty before BC

When the Yi Jing Book of Changes 2400 B.C. was introduced to the Chinese people, they believed that natural energy or power include Tian Heaven, A , Di Earth, and Ren Man, A . These were called San Cai The Three Natural Powers, These three facets of nature have their definite rules and cycles. The rules never change, and the cycles repeat periodically. Therefore, if you could understand the rules and the cycles of Tian Shi Heavenly Timing, st , you would be able to understand natural changes...

Sitting Eight Pieces of Brocade

Qigong Exercises

Bi Mu Jing Zuo Close eyes and sit still Secret Words Close eyes and sit with deep mind, hands hold firm, mind is calm, and think concentrate on the Shen spirit . Practice Sit with your legs crossed and concentrate on your solar plexus. Your head should feel as if it were suspended, and your chest loose and relaxed. The waist and spine are easy and comfortable. Hold your hands in your lap Figure 3-1 . Your mouth is closed and the teeth are touching slightly. Regulate your breathing so that it is...

Qigong Training Theory

In Qigong training, you must understand the principle behind everything you are doing. The principle is the root of your practice, and it is this root which brings forth the results you want. The root gives life, while the branches and flowers results give only temporary beauty. If you keep the root, you can regrow. If you have just branches and flowers, they will die in a short time. Every Qigong form or practice has its special purpose and theory. If you do not know the purpose and theory,...

Regulating the Breath

Regulating breathing means to regulate your breath until it is calm, smooth, and peaceful. Only when you have reached this point will you be able to make the breathing deep, slender, long, and soft, which is required for successful Qigong practice. Breathing is affected by your emotions. For example, when you are angry, you exhale more strongly than you inhale. When you are sad, you inhale more strongly than you exhale. When your mind is peaceful and calm, your inhalation and exhalation are...

Third Piece

Wild Goose

To adjust and regulate the spleen and stomach, you must lift singly spleen and stomach gain peace and harmony, sickness cured automatically. Lift arm and stiffen the palms, use the force to rock. Extend and develop the tendons and muscles, spleen and stomach comfortable. Right hand lifted high, left dropped down, left right extend and rock the tendons and channels alive. Practice After you have completed the last piece, stand up and move your leg back so that the feet are parallel and shoulder...

The Water Path

Water Path Qigong, which goes through the inside of the spine, is probably one of the highest levels of Qigong practice. Once you have built your Pre-birth Qi in the Lower Dan Tian, you use your mind and special training to lead the Qi into the Thrusting Vessel Chong Mai, flifli , the Qi reservoir which is located in the spinal cord Figure 1-7 . Marrow Brain Washing Qigong generates Qi through a different method than the other forms of Qigong. Its approach is to convert semen into Qi. The Qi...

Regulating the Mind

It is said in Daoist society When large Dao is taught, first stop thought when thought is not stopped, the lessons are in vain. 0 This means that when you first practice Qigong, the most difficult training is to stop your thinking. The final goal for your mind is the thought of no thought.11 Your mind does not think of the past, the present, or the future. Your mind is completely separated from influences of the present such as worry, happiness, and sadness. Then your mind can be calm and...