What's in the Winter 2022-2023 Issue?

Taiji Neigong Practice Form to Cultivate

Jesse Tsao, Ph.D.

To upgrade your taijiquan practice to achieve higher skills, a great deal of time must be spent on training in neigong methodology. Nèigōng (nèi kung) itself is not strength, but it is the foundation and an important component of taiji nèijin (內勁). Neigong training amplifies your inner energy (accumulating qi) in order to prepare the substance needed for your neijin (consuming qi). Those without the proper neigong qi’s training who rush to push hands or self-defense applications too soon, find themselves physically struggling. Neigong is not only the necessary component of taiji’s neijin for those people’s push hands and martial arts application, it is also the essential energy reserve for illness recovery. By Jesse Tsao, PhD


 

 Practicing Both Taiji and Qigong? Similarities, Differences & Benefits

Michael A. DeMarco, M.A.

In this article, we will look at some of the commonalities that may draw one to study both taiji and qigong, while recognizing some major differences that distinguish these practices. Although there is a spectrum of taiji and qigong styles, we will use traditional Yang Style Taijiquan and Five Animal Frolics (wuqinxi) qigong to serve as examples. If a poll were to be conducted on reasons why people have sought out taiji and qigong instruction, their responses would certainly place health in the number one position. These arts are known for their holistic health benefits in a way that is gentle and adaptable to all ages. By Michael A. DeMarco, M.A.


 

Internal Play for Internal Power

Sigung Richard ClearThere is not a single complete style of Taijiquan in which the students practice form alone.To feel and manipulate the energy in yourself and others, students need hands-on experience to teach them what effect Qi can have on a person. In short, you need feedback. In order to get that hands-on feedback, Taiji uses games known as “push hands.” The feedback from your partner tells you if the skill is right or not, which is extremely important once you start working with subtle energies like Qi. By Sigung Richard Clear

 

Dr. Heiner FruehaufCommonly Used Chinese Herb Formulas for The Treatment of Mental Disorders

The concept of an inseparable body mind continuum is one of the main characteristics of Eastern thought. In classical Chinese medicine, therefore, mental activity has always been considered to be inseparable from ­bodily functions, and mental ­diseases were generally not treated differently from any other disorder. The Chinese term ‘yuzheng’ (depression), for instance, refers to stagnation on both a physical and mental plane, and is usually addressed with the same diagnostic and therapeutic means as diseases that would be considered to have entirely physical origins in the West. It is perhaps this absence of a body/mind dichotomy that is at the core of Chinese medical theory and practice. By Dr. Heiner Fruehauf


Departments:

The Chinese Pipa

In our department section, Ken Cohen shares “Qigong for the Uniquely Abled”, where he challenges us to provide more Qigong instruction to “uniquely-abled” people. He has been teaching taiji and qigong to such groups for many years and shares some of his experiences. Then “The Secret of Standing Meditation” by Dr. David Clippinger explains “Zhou Zhuang” or “Standing Meditation” and compares it to similar exercises. Music infiltrated our department section this issue as John Voigt shares “A Daoist Qigong Jam Session” where he presents highlights from his presentation at the 15th International Conference on Daoist Studies this past June. Then “Music and T'ai Chi Form” by William Phillips answers an often heard question...“Should one practice our taiji form to music?” Another musical connection is our cultural article from Steven Luo entitled “The Chinese Pipa (Lute)”. These musical articles inspired our winter cover. To conclude the department section is “5 TCM Tips to Live in Sync with Winter” by Snow Xia L.Ac. where she give us important tips to help us navigate this upcoming cold season and prepare ourselves for Spring.


I hope you enjoy this, our 128th consecutive issue of Qi Journal.