Sitting meditation

Sitting meditation is a Yin meditation and can be done anytime for relaxation and storing Qi after practising the Healthy Living Gong. 1 Sit forward on a straight-backed chair. Place both feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. The toes should be in line with the front of the knees. 2 Place the palms on the thighs and relax the shoulders. 3 Close the mouth and close the eyes and try to empty the mind. 4 Relax the body from the top of the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and waist down to...

Qigong

The Five Elements of our bodies are left, right, front and back and centre. The centre is our Dantian. Dan means crystal and Tian means field. We can see from the special name that it is a very important part of our body, this is where our Qi is stored. If we do not store the Qi that we gather from our Qigong practise, then we will not build up a reserve supply to have when we get ill. Our extra Qi is like having savings in the bank in case of an emergency. When we have enough Qi, then our...

Exercises

SOMETIMES WE MY think we are healthy, but we are really not. For instance, if you think your Qi is strong, try standing in a relaxed posture, with knees slightly bent for ten minutes. If you feel tired after only a few minutes, then it means your bones are weak, and it also means your Qi is weak. When we do Qigong, we strengthen the body from the inside out. We make our heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys and liver strong by gathering fresh Qi to feed them. When your body is full of Qi, it is stored...

Collecting Qi to the Dantian Walking

ACUPUNCTURE POINT Ren Channel (see page 64) and Laogong (see page 59) Stand with your feet together and legs slightly bent. Place your hands at the Lower Dantian. the left hand over the right hand. Your back should be straight and arms loose. Step to the right side with the right foot and at the same time move the right arm out to the side of the body. Your right palm faces forwards and your left arm should stay by your side. Continue to move the right arm upwards to the Sky Eye (see page 66)....

Movement and stillness

Following this principle, if we accept that movement is good for the body, we can accept that stillness is also good for the body. Therefore, if we want to be healthy, we must know how to move and also how to be still. Qigong is Yang, as it is moving. Meditation is Yin, as it is still. Meditation is a resting for the body and mind. When we get tired, we need to rest or sleep. Resting can recharge energy, but in ancient times, people found that the best way to rest was to be somewhere between...

Holding the Beautiful Ball

Lower Dantian

GOOD FOR Cold Asthma Bronchitis ACUPUNCTURE POINT Laogong (see page 58) 1 Stand still with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Hold the hands slightly wider than the body at the level of the Lower Dantian (see page 65 as if holding a large ball between them. The Laogong points should face each other. 2 Straighten the legs and lift up the arms upwards to the Middle Dantian (see page 66). 3 Rotate the arms forward, keeping the Laogong points facing each other. 4 Then lower...

A question of balance

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a doctor will try to find out what has caused the blockage in the joints, creating stiffness or pain. Joint pain is related to circulation and the correct function of the liver. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that every illness can be treated and that there is no incurable disease. It is the same for Qigong. If both Yin and Yang are balanced in the body, then we will have harmony and health. By contrast, the Western concept of medicine is concerned only...

Breathing and Qi

When you are healthy, you have no problem with breathing through your nose. The air you breathe in will go to your lungs and the lungs will transform this as pure Qi which will nourish the body. When we breathe through the nose, the body and internal organs will be more relaxed and the breath and also the Qi will sink naturally to the Dantian. Qi is the essence of the air we breathe. When Qi sinks to the Dant-ian, it means we are breathing from the abdomen, because the Dantian is here. This...

Quchi

Quchi means Bending Pond and is on the Large Intestine Channel. This point is located on the edge of the outer crease of the elbow when bent. Treating this point helps joint pain and paralysis in the arms, skin disorders with heat and dizziness. We use this point in the movement Child Swinging. Weizhong means Artery Centre and is located on the Urinary Bladder Channel, which runs from the back of the head and down the back of the legs to the small toe. This point is located in the middle of the...

Washing the face

1 Rub the palms of the hands together. 2 Brush the palms of the hands over the nose, eyes, top of head, ears and mouth three times. When we do this, we are bringing Qi back to the five major internal organs through their external connections. The nose relates to the lungs, eyes to the liver, ears to the kidneys, mouth to the spleen and the tongue to the heart.

Yongquan

Yongquan means Pouring Spring and is located on the Kidney Channel which runs from the chest to the soles of the feet. The Yongquan point is located on the soles, just below the balls of the feet. The point is used many times in the Kunlun Dayan System of Qigong and treating it helps to release negative energy from the body. When massaged, it is good for fever and will stimulate the liver and kidneys. We use the Yongquan point in helping us to align our posture while in the low stance of the Ma...

Lower Middle And Upper Dantian

The Lower Dantian is located below the navel and is the area where Qi is stored. It is an area rather than an actual acupuncture point. The more you practise Qigong and the more Qi you store here, then the stronger this area will feel to the touch. You will also have a lot of energy and feel good when the Lower Dantian is full. This area relates to the kidneys and sexual function. The Middle Dantian is located at the middle chest and will store the overflow of Qi from the Lower Dantian as it is...

Shou Gong

Shou Gong is the movement we do when we have completely finished our Qigong exercises. 1 Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. 2 Raise both hands to the side of the body up to shoulder height J When your arms reach shoulder height, bend the elbows and bring the palms past the face, upper body and Dantian. 4 Lower hands down the Ren Channel and on to the Lower Dantian. Do this a further two times. When you raise the arms, imagine you are gathering all the Qi from the heaven and pouring it...

Introduction

IGONG ARE TRADITIONAL Chinese healing exercises that harnesses Qi - vital energy, or the life force - through breathing techniques, movements, postures and meditation. Practising Qigong helps you to balance passive and active forces (Yin and Yang), allowing Qi to flow freely and harmoniously. If you are a complete newcomer to Qigong, vou'll find a full explanation of it in Chapter 1. Healthy Living Gong is a set of Qigong exercises that 1 began to develop in 1996, based upon over 30 years of my...

Looking for Treasure at the Bottom of the Chest

1 Stand straight with elbows loosely bent and arms open to the sides of the body. 2 Lean forwards from the waist and bring the hands to the Lower Dantian (see page 65), so that palms are facing this area. Make sure elbows are rounded and open, not close against the body. 3 Touch the thumbs to the middle fingers. 4 Lean back with knees slightly bent and open the arms to the sides of the body. Look upwards slightly, keeping the elbows and wrists relaxed and fingers touching. Repeat the movement...

Michael

Qigong (pronounced 'chee-gong') is a popular form of traditional Chinese exercise which uses the body's vital energy to make you stronger and healthier and live longer. In Qigong for Healing and Relaxation world renowned Qigong Master Michael Tse introduces a new series of easy Qigong movements. These movements, because of their simplified form, enable you to focus energy on a particular part of the body for healing and relaxation. This fully illustrated guide to better health is suitable for...

Jade Ladder Climbing to the

Poor Posture Ladder

GOOD FOR * Coordination * High blood pressure * Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME) ACCUPUNCTURE POINTS Laogong (see page 58) and Huantiao (see page 59) t Stand relaxed with your feet together and your arms by the side of your body and the Laogong points facing the Huantiao points. 2 Lift up your left leg so that it is level with your waist, and at the same time, stretch up your left hand above the head so that the palm faces towards the right As you lift up the arm, straighten the right leg. The...

About the author

HONG KONG-BORN Michael Tse has studied Qigong and martial arts for over 30 years with some of the world's most renowned masters. His Qigong Sifu teacher , Grandmaster Yang Meijun, passed away in China in 2002 at the age of 104. She taught him not only most of the surviving forms from the 1,800-year-old Kunlun Dayan Wild Goose system of Qigong, but also passed on the Qigong healing skills for which she was so famous. With this knowledge of Qigong, and his study of Chinese philosophy, history and...