|As most of you know my training partner Jim Madras and I have produced a
series of video quick time movies on topics like the Push Hands curriculum and
several different Qigong practices. Jim and I found that after every
class we taught, someone inevitably would ask us for a resource that
would help students continue their study. It was in that spirit that we
created the JanJimJam notebook projects. You watch short
quicktime movies on your computer and the only software you need to view
the CD* is a fairly current web browser. |
*1 Gb flash
drives will be replacing the CD as the carrier for the JanJimJam notebook projects. The videos will work exactly as they did before, but unlike
the CDs, the Flash drives are reusable/repurposable. And they're way
cooler looking, and smaller.
So much cooler looking that you may in fact want to buy one just as a flash drive. Check it out:
Qigong Series includes the 5 Element Qigong, 8 Pieces of Silk
(Chan variation), the Dao
Yin Qigong and the Medical Qigong, including Liver, Lung, Stomach, Heart
and Triple burner practices on it.
All the practices are broken
down into sections for easy learning or you can follow the full
practice for a complete 30 minute meditative practice.
five element qigong
This qigong practice incorporates the symbology of the five
elements of metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. Standing in postures
and moving in metaphor, this is a great way to learn to grow and
cultivate energy for health and stress free living.
eight pieces of silk
There are many variations of Qigongs called Eight Pieces of Silk.
This version was taught to me by my second Tai Chi teacher Mr. Chan.
The moves are energetic and beautiful and provide a great opportunity to
study hip and waist movement along with the mind body connection we
strive for in every qigong practice.
Plus, the Eight movements have very flowery names. What more could you ask for?
daoyinThere are may variations of Qigongs called Eight Pieces of Silk, also called Daoyin.
An ancient Chinese body-mind exercise originally aimed at health care,
this version was taught to me by a wonderful woman I met by chance on
her visit to the US from Japan. I didnít speak Japanese and she didnít
speak English, so I donít know her name, but together with smiles, we
shared Qigong practices. I found the names of the moves in a small book a
few years later. This particular Qigong is one of my favorites. Enjoy!
Medical Qigong is a term for a family of Qigong
practices that have been developed to treat or prevent illness, balance
yin and yang in the body and unblock Qi pathways. In addition
to encouraging healthy organ functions, Qigong practices can help
harmonize the body, mind, and breath, and ward off disease. And possibly
most importantly, practicing qigong allows you to take an active role
in understanding your body and gaining bettter health.