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, but also to lengthen life.
Once you become familiar with the Eight Pieces of Brocade, you will find that it is a very simple but effective way to maintain your health. You may also notice that, unlike the sets developed by doctors and monks, breath coordination is not essential in most of the pieces. The Eight Pieces follow a few simple principles, but they will lead the interested practitioner down the right path to discover what Qi is all about, and will also improve health.
I hope this simple set of Qigong practice will help you to have a healthy life, and encourage you to get involved in further Qigong study and research. If you have obtained benefit from this set, please introduce it to your friends and help them to improve their health.
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