What's in the Summer 2024 Issue?

Standing Postures

 

 

What’s So Great About Qigong?

The multiple approaches now embraced under the qigong umbrella were drawn from Daoist, Buddhist and Confucian practices, the martial arts, and Chinese medicine. They ranged from quiet meditation, breathing and visualization right through to more powerful physical training and went under a great variety of names. Given these multiple influences it can be challenging for a student looking for a qigong teacher. However it also has one great strength. It means that qigong can integrate the best of these varied traditions in its commitment to the cultivation of the three treasures (jing-qi-shen) of body, breath and mind.  By Peter Deadman

 Push Hands Practice


Taiji Neijin Practice for Internal Power

Internal martial artists believe that strength comes not only from the contraction of your physical muscles, but also from the expansion and releasing of your tendons, ligaments, and fasciae as well as the cohesion of your deeper inner organs' abundant qi. Qi is the important ingredient to hold them together and enables your muscles and connective tissues to act in a fully integrated fashion, attaining the state of a springy rubber band. This excerpt is from Chapter 6 of Practical Tai Chi Training, A 9-Stage Method for Mastery by Jesse Tsao. This article focuses on fixed step techniques. By Jesse Tsao, PhD.

 


How Do Chinese Treat Arthritis?How Do Chinese Treat Arthritis?

In this article, I would like to summarize, according to my understanding, some of the methods commonly used in China to prevent arthritis, to ease its pain, and to cure it. I would then like to focus the discussion on how qigong uses massage (including cavity press) and exercises to prevent and cure arthritis. Finally, I would like to point out the differences in how Western and Chinese medicine use massage and exercise to treat arthritis. The article includes discussions on Massage, Acupuncture, Herbal Treatments, Cavity Press, and Qigong.  By Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

 

 


Iron Shirt Qigong

Daoist Standing Practice: Iron Shirt Qigong

Standing meditation offers a range of benefits for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Whether called Iron Shirt, Zhan Zhuang, or Yiquan, Daoist standing practices produce several health benefits. From a physical standpoint, it helps improve posture, balance, and flexibility. By holding static postures, practitioners develop strength in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, enhancing overall stability and coordination. Daoist standing meditation shares similarities with Taiji and Yoga, mainly focusing on breath awareness, alignment, and relaxation. Like Taiji, it emphasizes rootedness, stability, and internal energy cultivation. Like Yoga, it promotes mindfulness, body awareness, and stress reduction through static postures and controlled breathing. By Andrew McCart


Wu Family Taiji

Departments:

Departments include “Event & Association News”; “Assessing the Online State of Taiji and Qigong” by Luo Shiwen; “Dragons: Guardians of Culture, Power, and Prosperity” by Steven Luo; “TCM Inspired Diet for Optimum Health in Summer” by Rochelle Johnson; “The Martial Implications of ‘中’ [Zhong]” by Adrian Chan-Wyles Ph.D.; and “Wu Kam Chuen Family Heritage” by Y.L. Yip and LeRoy Clark. And of course we included our random cultural tidbits.


I hope you enjoy this, our 134th consecutive issue of Qi Journal since 1991.

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