A set of exciting and unusual Taiji Stick qigong exercises is presented in this accessible introduction. Embodying the concepts of taiji, the movements emphasise the harmony of yin and yang, man and nature.Appropriate for all levels of experience and for all age groups, this new set of easy-to-learn exercises distils the essence of traditional stick practice, guides body movements and the movement of the stick, and coordinates directed breathing and imagination. The book provides step-by-step, fully-illustrated instruction, and includes an account of the origins of the movements and guidance for practice. Also included are helpful learning tips for each movement, and details of the health benefits. An accompanying DVD features a video demonstrating the form and additional information on its history and origins, and a CD provides options for verbal instructions to lead the practitioner through the exercises, or music to accompany them. The book is an authoritative resource that will help students and practitioners of taiji, qigong, martial arts and Chinese medicine perfect and deepen their practice. It is also an excellent practical introduction for anyone with an interest in the ancient health and martial practices of China.
The Chinese Health Qigong Association is dedicated to the popularization of and research into Health Qigong, and is a group member of the All-China Sports Federation. Its aim is to promote and carry forward the Chinese traditional culture of health promotion and facilitate the communication between Western and Eastern Cultures.
1. Origins. 2. Characteristics. 3. Key Points. Section I. Introduction to the Stick. Section II. Basic Hand Positions and Wielding Methods. Section III. Basic Stances. Section IV. Breathing and Concentrating the Mind. Section V. Basic Training. Chapter 4. Movements. Section I. Names of the Movements. Section II. Movements, Tips and Health Benefits. Initial Stance. Step 1. Boatman Rows with an Oar (Shao Gong Yao Lu). Step 2. Boat Rows Slowly (Qing Zhou Huan Xing). Step 3. Wind Kisses Lotus Leaves (Feng Bai He Ye). Step 4. Boatman Tows a Boat (Chuan Fu Bei Qian. Step 5. Iron Stick Calms the Sea (Shen Zhen Ding Hai). Step 6. Golden Dragon Wags Its Tail (Jin Long Jiao Wei). Step 7. Search for Treasure in the Sea (Tan Hai Xun Bao). Step 8. Qi Returns to Dantian (Qi Gui Dan Tian). Ending Stance. Appendix. Acupuncture Points.