Taoist yoga

During the so-called 'primitive period' in China (10,000-3000 BC), the Chinese looked into the supernatural and mystical forces of the body. It is commonly thought that during this period the acupuncture meridians were slowly discovered, as were the many different herbs still in use today. The acupuncture meridians were first used to open up the energy centres of the body for self-realisation, in much the same way that Indian yogis do today, but now acupuncture is used mainly for healing....

Breathing techniques

The five major schools of breathing are medical, Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist and wushu or martial arts. Medical breathing techniques aim at strengthening one's overall health and are mainly preventive. The Confucian school of breathing deals with self-cultivation and temperament. Taoist breathing deals with one's moral character and longevity. The Buddhist breathing exercises are broken into two lines of thought and involve mainly the mind. The first Buddhist school is called 'Samadhi' and...

History and origin of Qigong

The qi part (or ch'i) of Qigong means air or inner vital energy. Translated into western medical terms it means resistance to disease, adaptability to the external environment and the ability to overcome internal troubles and regain health. In Chinese medicine for thousands of years great importance has been placed upon exercises that strengthen the vital energy. Traditionally any exercise that dealt with breathing and internal methods was considered to be Qigong. Nowadays we tend to call the...

Qigong

Qigong, or ch'i kung, translated means breath work or breathing exercises and we can use it to build up our internal energy or ch'i. We need an adequate supply of ch'i to each organ to maintain good health, but just as important is the free flow of this energy through the meridians. In China there are Qigong clinics where people can go to be treated with Qigong either by a doctor or as a self help exercise. The patient learns the Qigong exercises so that self-healing takes place and this is...

Exercise for the alleviation of the triple warmer

This exercise harmonises the three vital forces, respiration, digestion and reproduction. Link your fingers down near the tan-tien 3' below the navel . As you stand up in the same way as for the first triple warmer exercise, bring the palms up to chest height, this time a little closer to the chest. Photograph 14. Now push both palms up over your head as you look at the backs of the palms, which have been turned outwards. Hold this position for about 5 seconds and breathe out as the palms part...

Physical diagnosis using Tai chi and Qigong

Qigong is said to be able to bring a person's physical and mental situation into a state of balance, so we are able to use this to diagnose. Observe the person in a Qigong position. If the palms are in the same place as they started after about five minutes, and every other part of the body is in the correct position, then just performing T'ai chi and Qigong will be enough to bring that person back to good health provided the diet is healthy. However if the palms move independently, or the...

Tapping the thymus

A gorilla doesn't rap on his chest for nothing. In Chinese medicine the thymus gland, situated at the bottom of the neck and running towards the sternum in a tuber shape, is most important in the control of the flow of ch'i. Certain sounds are said to have an effect upon certain organs, and if we use these sounds in conjunction with the tapping then we are able to heal the controller of ch'i. Close your fists and rap on your chest lightly twice as you breathe in. Now as you throw both fists...

Qigong for sexual organs

This is a very powerful exercise and should be treated with a little caution. If you start feeling sick, stop and try again later. This is also helpful for menstrual disorders and helps with premature ejaculation. Sit on a low chair or on the edge of a bed so that your feet are flat on the floor and your back straight. Cover your knees with your palms. Inhale through the nose while bending forward 45 degrees, keeping the back straight. Use the mind to feel a concentration of energy coming up...

The changing of the sinews or triple warmer Qigong

This triple warmer exercise is said to balance the yin and yang energy of the body. Stand in a normal position with feet relaxed, toes turned slightly outward. Breathe in through the nose and lift both palms up in front of you with the palms facing upwards. The fingers point towards each other as you stand up onto your toes. Older people may prefer not to stand on their toes. As you breathe out, turn the palms downwards still with the fingers of each palm pointing towards each other and push...

Chinese Self healing Methods For Health Longevity

Chinese Self

Martial art is a Chinese national sport. It is also to be reassured by all people of the world. Martial arts have both attack and defence, and these movements need to be placed in sequence to create a style. Sex, age, location, seasons or weapons do not govern martial art. The purpose of martial art is to toughen your bones and muscles for defence, and to improve your intelligence and mental attitude. Because peoples of the world are now exchanging in cultures and martial artists have similar...