In the philosophically shaped mindset of ancient China, much revolves around the free and balanced flow of the Qi, the universal life force. It flows through everyone and everything. The exercises of the Eight-Section Brocade enrich this flow of energy, opening blockades and regulating our inner organs. The picture section of this book is set up like a flipbook, thus combining the advantages of books and film. As practitioner, one can either study the details of each picture or observe the movement as a short film sequence.
This second volume offers to the Qigong practitioner the Ba Duan Jin or Jade Brocade style, which is the complement of the Tao Yin Han style (First volume). Both styles give form and body to the Kung Luohan style. This volume focuses on the Taoist 12 forms style that employs the bodily vibration to enhance the awakening of the Xian Tian Qi or internal-external Qi. As part of the series, this volume also offers information pertaining to the inner workings of Qi also understood as "life force," the meridian system, the Xian Tian Qi, and body's oscillatory and spiral movements and flow among other relevant and related topics.Once the Qigong system is comprehended then, it progresses as a meditation tool due to the fact that the Xian Tian Qi aims to nurture and expand our awareness, which is a fundamental aspect of meditation. This is why the Kung Luohan style is also understood as a Moving Meditation method.
This is a fresh take on one of the most popular Chinese Qigong routines-The Eight Pieces of Brocade. The Eight Pieces of Brocade or Ba Duan Jin in Chinese, has been popular for centuries. Its popularity spawning many variants, with typical explanations of the routine concentrating on its physical aspects. Those physical aspects are important, but they are only part of the story. The real message of the routine lies in its engagement of the body's bio-energy system. The body's bio-energy or qi and its cultivation via the acupuncture points and meridians are literally "where it's at" for internal qigong practitioners. The body's energetic transport system plays a vital role in all true Chinese internal arts, yet this topic is rarely addressed in contemporary literature. The hands and the body posture form specific energetic connections at important acupuncture points. Awareness of this single aspect can dramatically impact the results achieved by qigong practice. This text opens the door to a better understanding of the art of qigong. (Second Edition)
For over two thousand years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has made many significant contributions to China's growth and prosperity. This textbook, based on the unique characteristics of TCM, discusses its principle theories and presents a comprehensive daily practice guide for health maintenance and disease treatment. The book provides clinical practitioners with a fundamental understanding of the essence of TCM.We highly recommend this book for students interested in TCM, Chinese medicine doctors and other healthcare professionals, biomedical researchers, and interested individuals. Readers will benefit from the inspirational viewpoints discussed in the book.
Prof. Liqun Zhang is a renowned practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Austria, Europe. This book is the result of a life of Eastern and Western Medicine and being at home on three continents, Asia, North America, and Europe. Prof. Zhang explains the basic principles of TCM. In an engaging and clear way, she shows simple methods to cultivate the mind, to set up a gentle routine for daily use, explains a number of effective Qigong exercises, acupressure and self-acupressure, moxibustion, foot massage, seasonal living, and the principles of personal constitution. She describes a healthy diet as a way to help the body heal itself. Some of these TCM methods have been practiced in China for more than two thousand years. The author reminds us that the TCM lifestyle is all about a do-it-yourself approach. Small changes in the daily routine can make a big difference. Not all methods need to be applied at once. But taking one step at a time, observing the body, and listening to what we feel, will eventually lead us to the physical strength we need. Prof. Zhang provides us with the tools TCM has to offer. Life is a journey! Being healthy is the most important and happiest thing we can have. Thank you all for reading.
A recognized master of Tai Chi gives step-by-step instructions on the ancient art of Chi Kung--Chinese medicine in a physical form. Readers discover how practicing Chi Kung can prevent and treat a wide range of ailments, strengthen the immune system, improve concentration and memory, regenerate the nervous system and more. 10 full-color photographs; 90 two-color illustrations.
This unique new and enlightening text on the ancient Chinese Art of Qigong (Ch'i Kung) has been brought up to date with the world's first description of what Qi (Ch'i or Bioenergy) is and does. The resource is illustrated throughout with detailed exercises, descriptions, and safety advice.
The Seated Eight Section Brocade is an ancient set of exercises designed to stimulate and to cleanse the energy channels of the body, remove obstructions from these channels, strengthen the internal organs, and bring the channels and organs into harmony. This set is very simple to learn and practice yet provides tremendous benefits. To experience the effectiveness of this set of exercises it is important to practice daily. This set only takes about 15 minutes to go through and is best practiced in the morning after waking and/or at night before going to bed. This set is great as a stand alone Qi Gong practice or it is a great practice to do before seated meditation. This book presents the Seated Eight Section Brocade Qi Gong with clear illustrations and easy to understand directions. If this set of exercises is practiced consistently for a period of time the sensations felt while practicing will change. This happens because over time with consistent practice the effects go deeper into the body. Remember that these changes do not happen overnight. It takes a great deal of time and practice to cultivate, so one should not become discouraged.
The ancient art of Qigong, the "seed of martial arts", not only allows you to maintain your health but also heals the bodies and calms the minds of those who practice it. Featuring 300 photographs from the main schools of Qigong, The Qigong Bible is the ultimate, comprehensive guide to practising Qigong and finding a mental and physical balance in life, encouraging readers of all levels to make Qigong a part of their everyday life.