Beginners learn the first set which consists of 64 movements. It usually takes four and a half months to learn the entire set. The second set is reserved for experienced students who have taken the first set at least two times. It also consists of 64 movements. The class is taught by Master Hui Liu.
The Dayan Qigong set is based on the movements of the wild goose. It is structured in a way that enhances the circulation of qi. "Qi" is a Chinese word whose concept is difficult to translate. "Qigong" literally means
According to the Chinese theory of medicine, all illness is a result of obstructed qi paths or an imbalance of yin and/or yang. Examples of yin are dark, cold, inner, feminine, and negative force in the universe. Examples of yang are light, hot, outer, masculine, and positive force. Each contains within it the germ of the other. The two are combined in everything and are inseparable from each other. Harmony is disrupted if the yin is too strong or if the yang is too strong.
Both Western physics and Eastern science describe the universe as a vast energy field. Dayan Qigong works to improve the various bodily functions by improving the body's electric and magnetic energy flow and capacity. The movements are organized to follow the flow of the earth's energy and to exchange internal qi (from the body) and external qi (from the earth and the universe), utilizing this energy to stimulate and balance the various functions of the body. Circulation of qi can be governed by the mind. Concentration and relaxation are essential, assuring that qi will flow strongly and without obstruction during practice conducted in China have found that Dayan Qigong can have a therapeutic effect on hyper- and hypotension, weakness of the heart, insomnia, disturbances of the nervous system, intestinal infections, skin diseases, and mental illnesses. Scientific instruments have detected infra-red and electromagnetic changes in qigong masters and have detected the presence of specific germs and viruses in the air around practitioners after they have expelled the negative chi from their bodies.
The History of Dayan Qigong
History of Dayan Qigong Four thousand years ago in ancient China, it is said, the legendary Yellow Emperor invented a technique of breathing and movement to vitalize mind and body
Records that describe breathing exercises exist from about 1000 B.C. The Chinese, like the ancient Greeks, believed in a healthy mind in a healthy body, and discovered many techniques that were supposed to enhance health and well-being. It is not known exactly where or when qigong as we now know it began, but there have been many different styles that have evolved through the years.
About 1,800 years ago a venerable Buddhist monk named Dao An developed a form of qigong which he called "Dayan Qigong". Years later another monk named Wan Yi revised and perfected the set. Dayan qigong was handed down from master to student as a secret or esoteric doctrine. It was only in recent years that its potential and benefits have been known to the general public, and today, it is widely taught in China.
In the 19th century, during the Qing Dynasty, Yang Mei Jun's grandfather learned Dayan qigong from a monk. It wasn't until master Yang's grandfather turned 70 that he decided to teach his granddaughter the form. Now Master Hui Liu is teaching the set here in the United States after she had learned the set from Yang Mei Jun. Master Yang herself is a living example of how beneficial Dayan qigong can be. She has been known to cure the terminally ill using only the power of the "qi" from her hands. She can hold a sword in her hands and illuminate the tip with her qi. In the dark it is possible to see two beams of light originating from her eyes. And, just by using her body's qi, she is said to be able to evoke the scents of five different flowers. This last amazing feat was performed recently in China before an audience of over 2,000 people. For over half a century Master Yang practiced in secret, often late at night, so that even her husband knew nothing of what she was doing.
For ten days his life remained in danger until Master Yang applied the power of her qi to heal the man's injuries. The government then declared that Dayan qigong should be available to all who desired to learn it. Recently the form has become widely taught, and Master Yang herself has become a special kind of "national treasure" in China. "Dayan" means "wild goose". In the Zhou Dynasty a wild goose was included in wedding gifts as a symbol of marital fidelity. In later times a wild goose was embroidered on the court robes of officials who had advanced in the civil examination system to the third highest level. The wild goose exemplifies high culture and in ancient China it was not customary to kill them for food or game.
According to traditional Chinese thoughts, the wild goose embodies the Five Constant Virtues: "Ren"--ethics and perfect virtue free from selfishness; "Yi"--right conduct, loyalty, and faithfulness; "Li"--respect, reverence, and good manners; "Zhi"--wisdom, knowledge, cleverness, and prudence; and "Xin"--truth and sincerity. Wild geese migrate long distances, flying 1000 miles or more. They fly in a "V" formation, following naturally in a line. They always migrate on the same day to the same place. They supposedly mate for life. When a mate dies the survivor laments and does not seek another mate. When the flock sleeps, they post sentries to warn of approaching danger. Though they are water birds, they are generally vegetarian. Thus, say the ancients, "to be a good person one must be like a wild goose."
IRON SHIRT QI GONG
What is Iron Shirt Chi Kung ?
Iron Shirt Chi Kung is the martial arts aspect of the Universal Tao System which develops internal power and a well-conditioned body through simple techniques that build and store Chi. The Iron Shirt training first of all develops a body that is relaxed, open, strong and structurally aligned with the forces of the universe and earth. The Iron Shirt techniques help us to become rooted to the earth, thereby keeping the body centered and balanced.
Chi Kung is a form of internal alchemy that involves mind, Chi power and breathing exercises. It teaches how to detoxify the body in order to stimulate the flow of energy and to pack and condense Chi. Thereafter, to circulate it in the body and to use the breath to pack the organs, glands, muscles and bones with Chi so that they will stay healthy and strong.
All the Iron Shirt Chi Kung movements and breathing exercises should be done mindfully in order to
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