Energy or Breath work.
The exercises, schools, and systems that comprise modern Chi Kung practice are far too varied and numerous to list or
even bother to mention, but almost all of them share the same or similar underlying principles of practice and application,
and all share some common history.
Most schools are thought to have evolved from very old breathing and stretching practices called the Dao Yin, and can be
generally divided into three main areas (goals) of practice: Spiritual, Medical, and Martial. Tai Chi Chuan is considered
one of the greatest Chi Kung practices as it develops all three of these areas.
The three main principles that all schools seems to have in common are:
(deep attention to:)
* Correct thought: A focused, 'empty', meditative mind; devoid of the usual distractions of daily struggle, yet fully awake.
* Correct posture: Upright and relaxed - the Golden Thread. The crown elevated, the spine open and long, the body weight
sunk through the lower Dan Tian down into the ground.
* Correct breathing: Several different methods, but most schools begin with 'Buddhist' breathing; deep, relaxed, cyclic
abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing.
The training methods used vary hugely from standing or sitting stock still, through to shaking or jumping up and down
vigorously!! Most use gentle stretching or opening movements, blending the breathing methods in tune/time with the
movements, and focusing the mind.
Regular (daily) practice of Chi Kung has been shown to strengthen bone density, reduce blood pressure and general stress
levels, tonify muscle ligament and tendon tissue, stimulate digestion, stimulate and promote the immune system, relax
the body and stimulate mental awareness, increase energy levels, improve general well-being and self-esteem.
Shibashi: (tai chi - chi kung/18 movements for health). Set 1.
Shibashi: (tai chi - chi kung/18 movements for health). Set 2.
Pa Tuan Ching: Ba Duan Jin - The Eight Pieces of Silk the Eight Silk Brocades.
Zhan Zhuang: Standing Pole/Tree practice.
I Chin Ching: Yijinjing - Muscle and Tendon Changing Classic.
Tai Chi Chuan
The best reason to start practising is it makes you feel fantastic!