Qigong is an exercise method which is used to regulate the practitioner's bodily functions through introspective action. The positive effects of Qigong build up gradually, level by level with regular and patient practice. Thus, the prescribed sequence of steps must be held to. The following words should be kept in mind: Be full of confidence, be resolute, keep with and work hard at the exercises, and
What, then, are the essentials of practising Qigong? There are three: one should both "have" and "not have" concentration. Concretely speaking, this means three
Three dos: Do combine the feeling of "getting together" and "breaking up";
Do perform what is apparently right but actually wrong;
Since concentration of mind is based on the regular movement of qi, which is transmitted by the concentration of mind, the body can become relaxed and the mind can reach motionlessness (a high stage of Qigong) by following the rule,
Breathing—should be natural, light, even, long, and soft—as silkworms spin silk into an unbroken filament. The beginner should be sure to breathe naturally and slowly; people who suffer from a disease should breathe from the abdomen. There are two kinds of abdominal respirations: bloating the abdomen when inhaling and pulling in the abdomen on exhaling, or pulling in the abdomen when inhaling and bloating it on exhaling. The advantage of abdominal respiration is the clearing up of harmful gas and the massaging of the stomach, intestines, liver and gall. During this process, digestive functions and some other organs' functions are regulated, and some diseases may receive incidental treatment.
Posture—that is to say, regulation of the body's carriage, including the head, neck, waist, limbs, fingers and internal organs. For exmaple, Wo Gong (Relaxed and Quiescent Lying Exercise) regulates the limbs and internal organs. Zhan Gong (Standing Exercise) regulates the head and waist. Zuo Gong (Quiescent Sitting Exercise) regulates the head, waist, neck, legs and hands. The basic principle of correct posture is to find the position in which the body is the most comfortable.
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