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Qigong exercises can often look like, and can be wrongly taught like, slowed down aerobics. Qigong uses physical movement, the breathing, and focus to: Guide the Qi, enhance Qi floq, clear blockages in the meridians, and increase awareness (Shen). It is an art that is almost impossible to appreciate without being exposed to proper tuition and the development of the ability to listen to the Qi.
Qigong is the art or science of using, working with and cultivating Qi “life energy” to enrich one’s life by controlling and strengthening the flow of Qi throughout the body.
Some sets, and some individual exercises, are more physical in nature (sometimes called “Farmer’s Exercises”). In these cases, the exercise are not really Qigong (in that their main role is to work with the Qi) and they are labelled as such.
Please note that a number of the exercises from different Qigong sets have similar names. This can sometimes cause confusion as, although they might even look similar, they are not the same exercises and the focus on Qi flow is different in each.
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Connecting Heaven and Earth is a Five Elements Qigong that enhances Qi flow, creates a real sense of calmness, and balances the Qi. This exercise, if practiced on a regular basis, brings balance to mind, body and spirit. It is Neigong in nature.
This is a set of eight exercises that is often practiced as a physical warm up for Taiji classes, etc. By doing this, the Qigong qualities are lost and only a fraction of the benefits are accessed when practiced in this way. At San Bao, we practice this set as Qigong.
- Lifting the Sky
- The Archer
- Holding up a Single Hand
- Looking Back Like a Cow Gazing at the Moon
- Lowering Head and Hips
- Circling the Hands to Touch the Feet
- Punching with Intent
- Shaking the Body
The purpose of these exercises isto raise and expand the Shen (consciousness).
Dao Yin, “leading and guiding the Qi”, is really only another name for the art we now know as Qigong. In the past, Dao-yin was the name used to describe the entire art, but since the popularisation of the term Qigong it is mainly used to describe the exercises used to “activate” the Qi prior to doing Qigong.
- Du Mo – Governing Vessel
- Ren Mo – Conception Vessel
- Yin Qiao Mo – Bridge Yin Vessel
- Yang Qiao Mo – Bridge Yang Vessel
- Chong Mo – Thrusting Vessel
- Dai Mo – Belt Vessel
- Yang Wei Mo – Yang Linking Vessel
- Yin Wei Mo – Yin Linking Vessel
There are a number couple of different ways of doing the Embroidered Brocade. Both take around 20 –30 minutes to do the whole set. This set is rooted in the principles of Taij and is especially beneficial to Taiji players.
The Five Elements Dance is like a small form in that there are steps involved
- Secondary Fire
- Primary Fire
The Five Yin Qigong concentrate on the Qi flow in the Yin meridians.
The Silk Exercises (Three different sets)
The Shibashi are a group of 18 individual Qigong exercises that balance the Qi in the meridians. Each Shibashi exercise is focused on a primary meridian pair. These exercises are medicinal and can be used to treat (in a complementary fashion) a number of common ailments.
Like the Ba Duan Jin, the Ten Fundamental Treasures is often practiced more as a physical warm up for Taiji classes, etc. The reason for this is the mixed nature of physical exercise and energetic (Qi) exercise. This has led, in the vast majority of cases, to the entire set being practiced in a purely physical manner. At San Bao, we differentiate between the physical and the energetic and practice almost all of the set as Qigong.
A completely different set of exercises that are more Neigong in nature. These Qigong exercises are used to develop awareness and consciousness (Shen). They should not be practiced by beginners as the Qi flow is, generally, upward.
- Du Mo (Governing Vessel) Pump
- Holding a Bowl
- Separate Heaven and Earth
- Connect Heaven and Earth
- Palms to Infinity
- Fingers to Infinity
- Drawing Down from the Heavens
- Holding up the Sky
- The Doe-eyed Cow Turns to Look at the Moon
- Five Phases