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On this page you will find a description of different qigong styles, some sample videos, and some actual instructions. Just click on the various links and enjoy.

  A few things to know about qigong is that it goes back thousands of years when ancient peoples of China practiced longevity arts. It combines breathing with movement. Qi is the energy believed to be a bioelectrical energy derived from air, food, and inherited from parents. Qi permeates all living things. Gong means time, so basically qigong means, " a time set aside to concentrate on your qi and mastering it." You only really understand qi energy as a meditation. Meditation only begins when the individual can "be here now," where the mind does not wonder into the future or past, or the internal mind is not chattering.

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Meditation Techniques

Huashan Qigong is a Taoist Yoga from one of china's 5 sacred mountain peaks:  Huashan. The set that I practice is based on the Hua-To animals of the Crane and Bear which are done at certain times of the year. Winter is for the bear practice and summer is for the crane. In Spring and Fall both sets are practiced equally.  There is also a version of the six healing sounds, an internal organ maintenance set. This set was taught to me by Wilson Pitts director of the Tao Experience foundation, his website is found at Sacred Peaks.

36 Liang Gong Shir Ba Fa-   One of China's most popular Therapeutic Chinese Health Exercises. Sample video This is a exercise technique that combines the ancient methods of the Shaolin Yi Ling Jing (Muscle and Tendon Change Classics), Ba Dua Jing (8 Piece Brocade set), Daoyin and Duna methods (movement and breathing methods), and Wuxing (5 Animals Frolics of Hua-To) as well as other techniques such as acupressure and massage. These exercises are very beneficial to recovery from illnesses and injuries. They are designed to stretch the fascia tissue layers that extend from the head to the feet. 12 of these are in the head and neck regions. Madame Gehan, a license and certified teacher from Shanghai China, transmitted this method to me.

18 Modes of Taiji Qigong- is probably one of the best sets Taiji players can use to develope the energy used in Taijiquan. Demo here. It uses some of the basic Yang Taiji motions as well as supplementary movements that flood the acupuncture meridians with energy. Master He Wei Chi used this qigong to teach students about qi or vital energy.

Swimming Dragon is a spine qigong that strengthens the kidney chi throughout the whole body, it is a Buddhist style qigong that I learned from George Quasha; publisher of Qigong master T.K. Shih books, at a Buddhist retreat after meditation practice.

Falun Da Fa or Dharma Wheel Qigong is a combined Buddhist and Taoist "Spiritual Qigong," that is one of the most widely practiced qigong's in the world. Though Falun has had alot of publicity and political press as a "religious cult" in china and abroad. It has thousands of followers, it is still a valid qigong. Basically from my experience those practioners are good at post standing, aka "zhang zhuang sample." It is free to learn and consists of 5 easy drills anyone can do. The first on is like stretching, the second is like standing meditation or Zhuang Zhang sample2, the third is absorbing universal energy, the fourth massages the whole energy field of the body and the fifth is sitting meditation to awaken the minds latent potentiality. D.C. has one of the largest practicing groups next to the museum of fine arts.

Pakuachang Qigong and Martial qigong is designed to strenghten the body, increase range of motion in the spine and send qi to the palms. within martial qigong there is Iron body qigong and iron palm qigong. Sifu Park Bok Nam teaches this.

Koulin Qigong is a rehabilitative exercise that vastly improves the physical and mental being of patients undergoing extreme illnesses such as Cancer, High Blood Pressure, Arthritis, Low Blood Pressure, A variety of Aches and Pains, Chronic Fatigue, Mental Illness, Sports injuries. This exercise takes from traditional Hua-to five animal frolics and is designed as a walking qigong. Video Sample. It is also uses hand rod (like taiji ruler) and foot rod, massage techniques, standing drills, vocal work. It is a qigong that purges bad qi and replenishes and strengthen the existing qi. Coach Xu is one of the few teachers in America of this qigong.

Yiquan  is a series of specialized exercises and qi building martial arts forms. Demo here. These are important for the student to develop a good base with standing qigong to nourish qi in the dan tien. The difference between Zhuan Zhuang and Yiquan are that Yiquan places more emphasis on martial arts as it starts with standing but has very exact combat meanings. Yiquan developed from Hsingyi Chuan another martial art from China. Yiquan has sparring and many two person training techniques.

Aromatic Mind Awakening Qigong (AMAQ) is a buddhist qigong that is very popular in P.R. China that is practiced in the parks to audio tapes for the elderly and retired folk. It is comprised of three sets, each one getting more motions involved. The exercises use arm motions to awaken the heart, blood,and vessels that runs to the palms. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) mind (yi) has its roots in the heart (Shen). Thus stimulating the heart through exercise can awaken the mind. The Aromatic part of the exercise has to do with the activation of the kidneys, and adrenal glands which secret endorphins (jing qi). These endorphins circulate evenly through the body can make a flowery scent to the tips of your fingers. This phenomenon has happened in people who practice the AMAQ everyday as a discipline.

8 Section Qigong-  Baduajing- 8 section qigong

All season Triple Warmer set

b. Taijiquan Primary Set-

2. Tai Chi Coiling Set-

3. Seasonal Qigong- Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

4. Tai chi ball- stationary, taiji stepping, pakua stepping

Taiji players can use this to develop the energy used in Taijiquan. It is a supplementary form of movements that flood the meridians with energy. These sets were gradually introduced as "qigong of the month"

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