Exercises

SOMETIMES WE MY think we are healthy, but we are really not. For instance, if you think your Qi is strong, try standing in a relaxed posture, with knees slightly bent for ten minutes. If you feel tired after only a few minutes, then it means your bones are weak, and it also means your Qi is weak. When we do Qigong, we strengthen the body from the inside out. We make our heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys and liver strong by gathering fresh Qi to feed them. When your body is full of Qi, it is stored...

Playing the fool to regain harmony

There is a Chinese saying, 'Being a fool is not bad.' And sometimes this is true. For instance, if you act like a fool, your enemies will not pay too much attention to you, and so you are safer. Science today is very clever, being able to dissect even the smallest cells and change DNA, however, the end result might not be so good. Just because we can do something, does not mean that we should do it. There is a story about a very smart man who lived during the Spring and Autumn Period (8th-5th...

The colour of health

Through my Qigong practise, I understand this, and I also use this method to help diagnose patients. Of course, we often use this skill without even knowing it. If you pet a cat or dog, you can tell their health by the texture and feel of their coat. It is the same with a plant or a tree. If a plant is not healthy, its leaves will change from bright green to yellow. If the condition worsens, the leaf will become dry and brown and soon fall. If the problem is not fixed, the roots will also be...

Good Qi sick Qi

Good Qi is essential for good health. It makes you feel more energetic, stronger and healthier. But while good Qi is good for the body, there is also sick Qi, and this - following the principle of Yin and Yang - must be bad for the body. The Chinese name for sick Qi is Bing Qi, and the name for good Qi is Hao Qi. Good Qi is fresh air. Fresh air gives us energy and comes from nature. When you go on holiday to a beautiful beach or the countryside or the mountains, you will feel good and it will...

Sitting meditation

Qigong Sitting Meditation

Sitting meditation is a Yin meditation and can be done anytime for relaxation and storing Qi after practising the Healthy Living Gong. 1 Sit forward on a straight-backed chair. Place both feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. The toes should be in line with the front of the knees. 2 Place the palms on the thighs and relax the shoulders. 3 Close the mouth and close the eyes and try to empty the mind. 4 Relax the body from the top of the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and waist down to...

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Baihui means Sky Door and is on the Du Channel. The Du Channel runs from between the Huiyin point between the legs and up the spine through the Baihui point and down to the upper lip. When the Baihui point is open, then the mind will be clear and calm. It will also help to open our intuition potential. We use this point to help us to find the right posture along with the Huiyin point. Laogong means Laboured Place and is on the Pericardium Channel. The Pericardium Channel runs from the middle...

A different clock

In the past, the Chinese did not keep time by following a 24-hour clock. Instead, they had twelve hours often referred to as the Chinese Animal Hours see below . Traditionally every two hours on the Western clock counts as one Chinese hour. In China, these 'hours' have special names and so if, say, you were born during the Zi hour, then people would know that you were born during the time of llpm-lam. It might also be referred to as the hour of the rat, because each of these hours also...

Washing the face

1 Rub the palms of the hands together. 2 Brush the palms of the hands over the nose, eyes, top of head, ears and mouth three times. When we do this, we are bringing Qi back to the five major internal organs through their external connections. The nose relates to the lungs, eyes to the liver, ears to the kidneys, mouth to the spleen and the tongue to the heart.

Collecting Qi to the Dantian Walking

Qigong Healing

ACUPUNCTURE POINT Ren Channel see page 64 and Laogong see page 59 Stand with your feet together and legs slightly bent. Place your hands at the Lower Dantian. the left hand over the right hand. Your back should be straight and arms loose. Step to the right side with the right foot and at the same time move the right arm out to the side of the body. Your right palm faces forwards and your left arm should stay by your side. Continue to move the right arm upwards to the Sky Eye see page 66 . As...

Movement and stillness

Following this principle, if we accept that movement is good for the body, we can accept that stillness is also good for the body. Therefore, if we want to be healthy, we must know how to move and also how to be still. Qigong is Yang, as it is moving. Meditation is Yin, as it is still. Meditation is a resting for the body and mind. When we get tired, we need to rest or sleep. Resting can recharge energy, but in ancient times, people found that the best way to rest was to be somewhere between...

Lower Middle And Upper Dantian

Where Dant

The Lower Dantian is located below the navel and is the area where Qi is stored. It is an area rather than an actual acupuncture point. The more you practise Qigong and the more Qi you store here, then the stronger this area will feel to the touch. You will also have a lot of energy and feel good when the Lower Dantian is full. This area relates to the kidneys and sexual function. The Middle Dantian is located at the middle chest and will store the overflow of Qi from the Lower Dantian as it is...

Collecting Qi to the Dantian

ACUPUNCTURE POINTS Laogong see page 58 and Ren Channel see page 64 1 Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and your back straight. 2 Shift your weight slightly to the left and start to raise your left hand to the side of the body. 3 Continue to bring the left arm upwards to the Sky Eye see page 66 and at the same time move the body back to the centre in the starting position. 4 When the left hand reaches the Sky Eye, start to shift the body to the right and lift the...

Looking for Treasure at the Bottom of the Chest

Leaning Backward Posture

1 Stand straight with elbows loosely bent and arms open to the sides of the body. 2 Lean forwards from the waist and bring the hands to the Lower Dantian see page 65 , so that palms are facing this area. Make sure elbows are rounded and open, not close against the body. 3 Touch the thumbs to the middle fingers. 4 Lean back with knees slightly bent and open the arms to the sides of the body. Look upwards slightly, keeping the elbows and wrists relaxed and fingers touching. Repeat the movement as...

Breathing and Qi

When you are healthy, you have no problem with breathing through your nose. The air you breathe in will go to your lungs and the lungs will transform this as pure Qi which will nourish the body. When we breathe through the nose, the body and internal organs will be more relaxed and the breath and also the Qi will sink naturally to the Dantian. Qi is the essence of the air we breathe. When Qi sinks to the Dant-ian, it means we are breathing from the abdomen, because the Dantian is here. This...

Holding the Beautiful Ball

Ball Qigong

GOOD FOR Cold Asthma Bronchitis ACUPUNCTURE POINT Laogong see page 58 1 Stand still with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Hold the hands slightly wider than the body at the level of the Lower Dantian see page 65 as if holding a large ball between them. The Laogong points should face each other. 2 Straighten the legs and lift up the arms upwards to the Middle Dantian see page 66 . 3 Rotate the arms forward, keeping the Laogong points facing each other. 4 Then lower your...

Tse Healthy Livin Gong 2 Chinese

HONG KONG-BORN Michael Tse has studied Qigong and martial arts for over 30 years with some of the world's most renowned masters. His Qigong Sifu teacher , Grandmaster Yang Meijun, passed away in China in 2002 at the age of 104. She taught him not only most of the surviving forms from the 1,800-year-old Kunlun Dayan Wild Goose system of Qigong, but also passed on the Qigong healing skills for which she was so famous. With this knowledge of Qigong, and his study of Chinese philosophy, history and...

Ways of meditating

We have so many ways to practise meditation. We can do it lying down or sitting on a chair, stool or cushion. We can do standing or even lotus meditation. All of these different kinds of meditation, in the end, have the same benefit, although with some ways it may take longer to see the benefit. Standing meditation is stronger than sitting meditation because when we stand, the Qi is very powerful and it makes the kidneys strong very quickly. Kidney energy is the first energy created from our...

Jade Ladder Climbing to the

Ladder Climb Stretch

GOOD FOR Coordination High blood pressure Chronic fatigue syndrome ME ACCUPUNCTURE POINTS Laogong see page 58 and Huantiao see page 59 t Stand relaxed with your feet together and your arms by the side of your body and the Laogong points facing the Huantiao points. 2 Lift up your left leg so that it is level with your waist, and at the same time, stretch up your left hand above the head so that the palm faces towards the right As you lift up the arm, straighten the right leg. The Laogong point...

Catching Fish by the Side of the Lake

Qigong For The Legs

GOOD FOR Low blood pressure Circulation Headache ACUPUNCTURE POINT Weizhong see page 62 1 Bend forward, keeping both legs straight. Let arms relax to the sides. 2 Move the right hand towards the right leg in a clockwise direction and touch the Weizhong point which is on the back of the knee see page 62 . When moving the hand, keep the palm facing the ground. 3 After your right hand touches the Weizhong point, move the left hand 4 Circle the left arm in an anticlockwise direction to touch the...

Ma Bo meditation

Wuji Posture Straight Back

There are three positions for Ma Bo meditation high, medium and low. In both the high and medium postures, the right posture is to keep the Baihui and Huiyin points in a straight line see Chapter 9, Importance of Correct Posture . In the low stance, the Baihui point and the Yongquan point should be in line. This is because when you are this low, it is not possible to keep the back in a straight line. However, in all of the postures, make sure that you keep your head up and eyes looking straight...

Separating the Fog to Look for the Clouds

Healing Palms Buda Chi Kung

GOOD FOR Stomach Digestive system Breathing ACUPUNCTURE POINTS Neiguan see page 61 , Waiguan see page 61 and Hegu see page 61 Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and your back straight. Cross your wrists in front of your Lower Dantian see page 65 , palms facing upwards. Men should place their left hand over the right hand. Ladies should place their right over the left hand. The Neiguan and Waiguan points see page 61 should be close together. 2 Turn the palms so they...