Yiquan #5:  8 static postures

Read previous posts: A historic background and theory of Yiquan #1, Yiquan #2, Yiquan  #3, Yiquan #4 The Yiquan set that I will present in next posts is composed of 8 static postures. Stand in a normal stance which is modified and light version of horse stance, which is lower and wider. You are standing in the normal stance. Which means you are in a shoulder width stance approximately. Your knees are lightly bent and your[…]

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Yiquan #4: a historic background and theory

Read previous posts: Yiquan #1, Yiquan #2 and Yiquan #3 What would Qigong be like without the energy, Qi? It would be only a Gong. So, only a time and an effort which is the literal meaning of the word »Gong« in Chinese. In our context, it would mean only physical exercises, done without the purpose of cultivation of  the whole being including the energy aspect. We are dealing with an art Qigong is an[…]

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Yiquan #3: a historic background and theory

Read previous posts: Yiquan #1 and Yiquan #2 In the previous post we have touched the Yang aspect of the energy flow in Yiquan practice, today we will discuss the Yin aspect of this training. Yin and Yang and Qi In the previous post  I was describing the path of Qi going downwards, or how you, practitioner, are leading the Qi in downfall current. I also said that this current can be blocked and drained[…]

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Yiquan #2: a historic background and theory

Read previous post: Yiquan #1 It’s been a while since I have started with standing meditation practice Zhan Zhuang and I was eager to go deeper with it. The expansion of time practicing didn’t bring the results I was anticipating, so I searched a bit further and I found Yiquan. Here in these few posts about Yiquan I present the practice that was developed and simplified from the original practice by very known Xingyiquan master[…]

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Yiquan #1: a historic background and theory

Yiquan (or Yichuan, I Chuan, I Quan) is a martial art, which derives from Xingyiquan and therefore its roots are seen in postures, mindset and purpose of training. It is internal martial art as well as internal meditative practice. Xingyiquan is translated as »Form-intention-fist« and when Xing is removed and only »intention fist« remains, you get Yiquan. Static practice This practice is very static, since the majority of practice is composed of static postures in[…]

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Shaking of Body – a simple Qigong exercise

Shaking of body is the simplest Qigong exercise I know and it’s holistic. It will bring many benefits to your body and it will help release energy blockages. Among major benefits of this exercise is relaxation.  Simplicity of exercise What is most important about it is that it is so simple and natural that you don’t need to know anything! No theory, no technique, no nothing. In fact if you were an average healthy kid[…]

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Spinal Qigong Exercise: Folding Forward

FOLDING FORWARD is one of often practiced Qigong exercises for releasing the spine and for maintaining it flexible. A smooth and abundant Qi flow through our spine and torso is according to the Qigong theory essential for the health of our body, mind and spirit. Tensions arise in our body every day and we have to know how to release them efficiently, especially in the area of our spine and torso, if we want to[…]

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Qigong exercise Beating the Heavenly Drum

  In this post I will describe a Qigong exercise called Beating the Heavenly Drum (Ming Tian Gu) or sometimes also called Knock and beat on a Jade Pillow. You beat with your index fingertips on your head – the heavenly drum. I will also discuss about the different meanings of Jade Pillow in Qigong and in acupuncture.   General benefits of this exercise In general this Qigong exercise is used to clear your mind[…]

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Medical Qigong for Maintaining Health

  Qigong Categories The oldest today known evidence about the existence of Qigong skill (working with energy) is from the period about five thousand years B.C. Through the time many qigong styles and schools were developed. In order to understand qigong better it could be divided into four main categories based on their primary goal (Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming). The first category is Medical Qigong and the main goal of this group is maintaining health and[…]

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The shine of Eight Pieces of Brocade

  Why “of Brocade”? People who come across for the first time with a set of Qigong exercises known as Eight Pieces of Brocade, in Chinese Ba Duan Jin, often ask why these exercises are “of brocade”. Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silk and with or without gold and silver threads. Therefore brocade shines beautifully. Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming in his book about Eight Pieces of Brocade describes[…]

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