Meditation and Chi Circulation

Dan Tien Breathing

Once the student can breathe adequately according to the Taoist and Buddhist methods, he begins sitting meditation to begin the process of Chi circulation. The first goal is to achieve a calm mind while concentrating on deep breathing. The individual creates a type of hypnotic state to do this. The meditator should stay at this stage until he can expand and withdraw his Dan Tien while breathing with no conscious effort, without the attention wandering. When the muscles around the Dan Tien can...

Wai Dan Kung Exercise

There are two types of Wai Dan exercise, moving and still. In moving Wai Dan, a specific muscle or part of the body is repeatedly tensed and relaxed with full attention. The tension should be as little as possible because great tension will constrict the channels and prevent the flow of energy. Some people do not tense their muscles at all, but merely imagine tensing them. Others tense them just enough to aid concentration. When one exercises a part of the body in this way for several minutes,...

Martial Arts Applications

Internal Rotation Feet

The Chinese have studied and developed the martial arts for more than 4000 years. In the beginning only limited techniques using brute muscle power were available. It was not until about 200 B.C., when the circulation of Chi and the use of acupuncture became well understood, that the martial application of Chi began. The attention devoted to it increased significantly when Da Mo's Wai Dan exercises began to be used at the Shaolin Temple in 536 A.D. Although the Yi Gin Ching exercise was...

Principles From The Tai Shih Ching

Deep Breathing For Energy

The embryo is generated from the hidden or undeveloped Chi. Chi comes from the modulated breathing of the embryo. When Chi enters the body-life. When Spirit leaves the body and the Knowing Spirit and Chi makes a long life possible. Protect and nourish the imaginary embryo to build up Spirit and Chi. When Spirit moves, the Chi moves where Spirit stops, the Chi stops. To have a long life, Spirit and Chi must mutually interact. When the heart mind is not dispersed, not a thought goes or comes....

Eight Pieces of Brocade

Eight Pieces Brocade Qigong

Marshal Yueh Fei is credited with the creation of the Eight Pieces of Brocade Ba Dun Gin in the twelfth century during the Sung dynasty 960-1279 A.D. in order to improve the health of his soldiers. The original set consisted of 12 forms, but this has been shortened to eight. This set was widely practiced all over China, and developed several distinct styles, all of them effective. The brocade is a cloth, usually of silk, woven into complex and colorful patterns, and is very highly prized, just...

Small Circulation Shao Chou Tien Meditation Breathing

The first and most important step for effective meditation is proper breathing. There are two basic methods in use in Chinese meditation Taoist and Buddhist. Taoist breathing, also known as reverse breathing Fan Fu ShihJ, is used to prepare the Chi for circulation, and its proper development is crucial. In Taoist breathing the normal movement of the lower abdomen is reversed during inhalation and exhalation. Instead of expanding when inhaling, the Taoist contracts, and vice versa Fig. 3-6 . One...