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Tai Ji Yang Sheng Zhang Qigong

Tai Chi Stick Health Preservation Exercises

Tai Ji Yang Sheng Zhang Qigong was created by the Chinese Health Qigong Association to improve health, wellbeing and to promote longevity. .It follows the principles of the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine by balancing yin and yang. The exercises are graceful, easy to learn, and suitable for people of all ages. It helps cure diseases, improve health and prolong life.

It consists of eight exercises performed with a stick (cane), which becomes an extension of the body. The stick is used to massage internal organs, stimulate pressure points, stretch muscles and tendons, co-ordinate breathing and calm the mind. The practice of Taiji Yang Sheng Zhang Qigong helps to correct posture and back problems, strengthen the joints, and balance the body's chi. It is highly recommended for people with shoulder, neck and wrist complaints due to accidental injury, a sedentary life style or repetitive strain injury.

Movements are:

  1. Boatman Rows with an Oar (Shao Gong Yao Lu)
  2. Boat Rows Slowly (Qing Zhou Huan Xing)
  3. Wind Kisses Lotus Leaves (Feng Bai He Ye)
  4. Boatman Tows a Boat (Chuan Fu Bei Qian)
  5. Iron Stick Clams the Sea (Shen Zhen Ding Hai)
  6. Golden Dragon Wags Its Tail (Jin Long Jiao Wei)
  7. Search for Treasure in the Sea (Tan Hai Xun Bao)
  8. Qi Returns to Dantian (Qi Gui Dan Tian)

Tai Ji Yang Sheng Zhang Qigong is easy to learn and can be practised by anyone, regardless of age and experience.

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Ba Duan Jin (Eight Golden Treasure Brocade)

Also known as Baduanjin (Eight Bolts of Silk), this is a kind of dynamic Qigong practice having the characteristics of both Qigong and health-strengthening exercises. It is derived from one of the oldest health-strengthening folk exercises in China, Baduanjin, which was created 800 years ago.

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory, eight movements were created to focus on strengthening the bones and muscles, regulating respiration and Qi circulation while utilising Qigong control of the mind. Each of the 8 movements is related to different internal organs such as the liver, stomach, spleen and heart, and may be practiced in whole or part to focus on the prevention and treatment of specific medical problems.

The Eight Golden Treasure Brocade is simple and easy to learn, and may be varied in intensity to suit the individual. Once you have learnt it, it is best practiced in the morning or evening in fresh air, for 15-30 minutes each time.

Health Benefits

The Eight Golden Treasure Brocade has been known to increase muscular strength and assist in the development of pectoral muscles to make the figure graceful. It is also good for the prevention and treatment of kyphosis, scoliosis, and common chronic diseases such as cervical spondylopathy, pain in the lower back and legs, and stomach ache. With persistent practice this exercise set can also tone the brain, strengthen health and prolong life.

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Liu Zi Jue (Six Healing Sounds)

The Six Healing Sounds breathing exercise is a very old traditional exercise dating back to the Taoist Monks in 200 BC. Each sound is associated with a particular body organ and the vibrations made from that sound stimulate the organ’s function. Based on this, the practice of this exercise can assist in regulating the blood and Qi circulation to achieve a balance of Yin and Yang in the body.

This exercise is a simple yet powerful tool to promote energy levels, physical and emotional healing and balance. Regular daily practice of the Six Healing Sounds will help you with chronic diseases, blood and Qi circulation, improving cardiovascular and respiratory function, and improving reaction times.

It is very flexible exercise as you can practice all six sounds in order or only practice specific sounds to treat specific conditions in the body

Health Benefits

The healing sounds function in three major ways:
Using the throat and the oesophagus releases excessive heat from the organs. The shaping of the mouth and tongue causes a resonance of the sounds which stimulates the internal movement of the organs. Coordination of physical movement with the sounds enables a natural freedom in breathing.

Releasing excessive heat cools the organs, while the vibrations of the sounds stimulate their functions. Regaining spontaneous free breath instead of a restricted habit of breathing allows an increase of oxygen in the blood. The inter-relationship between the organs and the neural, endocrine, musculoskeletal and immune systems are the distinctive characteristic of Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) practice. The TCM principle of treating sickness has become widely accepted in the West.

The Six Healing Sounds for Stress Management

Performing the Six Healing Sounds has been the Taoist way of dealing with stress for over 2000 years.

In the modern world, just about everybody has to deal with some sort of stress. Health professionals have placed stress as an underlying factor in a wide range of diseases.

Clinical studies have proven that an increase of oxygen from correct breathing techniques has a major effect on reducing stress and anxiety and will improve the overall health of the person practicing breathing exercises.

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Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Exercises)

Wu Qin Xi: Five Animal Qigong Exercises is an accessible, easy to learn qigong exercise that imitates the movements of animals and birds.

The Five Animal Qigong exercises were developed by Hua Tua, a leading physician of the Eastern Han Dynasty whose inspiration came from the observation of tigers, deer, bears, monkeys and birds. He came to the conclusion that wild creatures regularly performed certain exercises which can be replicated in order to build up the constitution and improve life skills.

The Five-Animal Qigong is practised by imitating symbolically and physically the movements, breathing and sounds of the five animals. It consists of some standard forms of movements, spontaneous movements and sounds, and simple but effective techniques that can be practised sitting, lying or even travelling on an airplane. It can be used as a method of healing, a style of arts and a way of spiritual channelling.

Health Benefits

The exercises combine the internal with the external, invigorating the organs and soothing the nervous system, while strengthening and toning the external musculature. Regular practice of the Five Animal Qigong Exercise can limber up the joints, strengthen the waist, nourish the organs, help prevent disease and prolong life.

The father of Chinese medicine, Hua Tua concluded that the single greatest secret for a healthy life lay in the practice of correct movement. His analogy became dear to the hearts of all tai chi enthusiasts: A door’s hinge won’t get worm-eaten, if you use it. Qigong and tai chi movements, when properly performed, stimulate that internal lubrication of free-flowing qi, blood, and lymph essential to our continued health and sense of well being.

Emotional Benefits

The Five-Animal Qigong is an uninhibited approach to meditative movement allowing for strong benefits without an overly serious approach. It has been seen as an effective tool for emotional catharsis and mental cultivation. For example, the tiger form is a great way of expressing and transforming anger and the monkey, a strong approach to sharpening the mind and senses. The symbolic connotation of the animals can have great effects on state of mind and behaviour. The dignity and masculine power of the tiger, the elegance of the deer, the earthiness and soft strength of the bear, the graceful and free spirit of the bird and the liveliness and vigilance of the monkey, all imprint their marks on the consciousness and assist in building confidence and self-esteem.

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Yi Jin Jing (Twelve Limbering Exercises)

Yi Jin Jing is an exercise derived from Dao Yin Qigong consisting of 12 movements that are performed in a standing position. It is simple to learn and suitable for people of all ages. It is the most renowned and popular of all the classic Chinese Qigong meditation exercises.

In ancient China, the monk Bodhidharma saw the need for monks at the Shaolin Temple to do some limbering meditation exercises as too much sitting meditation could lead to poor health and stagnation of Qi flow. So he developed some exercises by combining Martial Arts and Dao Yin Qigong to help the monks get fitter. As the years went by the Shaolin Monks modified and perfected these exercises to eventually form a special system called Yi Jin Jing, The Tendons and Sinews Limbering Exercise – yi meaning change, jin meaning tendons and sinews, and jing meaning methods.

As with all Yang Sheng or Life Enhancement exercises the focus is on the cultivation of vital energy (Qi or Chi), promoting the optimal function of internal organs and Qi circulation. Regular practise can help promote physical and mental well-being, prevent illness, strengthen the body, help improve balance and coordination, and even prolong life.

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Shi Er Duan Jin (Twelve Golden Treasure Brocade)

The Twelve Golden Treasure Brocade is a set of sitting-based exercises which focuses on the movements of neck, shoulders, back and legs. It helps strengthen the whole body starting from the head and working down through the neck, shoulders, back, arms, legs and finally, the chest and stomach.

The Twelve Golden Treasure Brocade is simple and easy to learn, and may be varied in intensity to suit the individual. It is an ideal exercise for people who are not very mobile as it can be done either on a chair or sitting on the floor.

Shibashi (pronounced sher baa sher)

Shibashi (meaning 18 in Mandarin) is a series of 18 energy-enhancing exercises that co-ordinate movement with breathing and concentration. It is a gentle, beautiful and flowing Tai Chi Qigong exercise routine that is both a joy to do and deeply relaxing for people of any age.

Shibashi was developed by Professor Lin Hou Sheng in 1979. Professor Lin is a renowned Qigong Master, scientist and Master Healer. His remarkable credentials include Professor of the College of Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, Director of Qigong Research Institute in China and Honorary President of the International Society of Natural Cures. He based the Shibashi on the philosophies of Tai Chi and extracted some of the movements from Yang style Tai Chi Chuan while keeping the exercise simple to learn and practice. He places great emphasis on synchronizing the 18 movements with proper breathing techniques.

Shibashi is designed to improve the general health and wellbeing of the practitioner. The gentle rocking motions and stretching movements improve circulation and digestion. The chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma. The overall effect of the exercise is to reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body. This Qigong is very effective and easy to learn. It is practiced around the world by over 10 million people, and is considered a national health exercise in Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Silk Reeling Qigong

Silk Reeling Qigong is a set of exercises frequently used to improve the practice of Tai Chi and involves a set of easy-to-learn movements which will enable students to not only better understand the principles of Tai Chi, but assist in connecting and smoothing the body's channels along which Chi or Vital Energy flows.

The name derives from the idea of reeling the silk from a silk worm's cocoon. In order to draw out the silk successfully the action must be smooth and consistent without jerking or changing direction sharply. Too fast, the silk breaks; too slow, it sticks to itself and becomes tangled. Hence, the silk reeling movements are continuous, cyclic patterns performed at constant speed with the light touch of drawing silk.

In common with all Qigong exercises, the patterns are performed in a concentrated, meditative state with an emphasis on relaxation. However, rather than being an isolated exercise purely for health benefits, the focus is on strengthening and training the whole body in both coordination and alignment.

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