CHI-KUNG (TAOIST AND LO HAN)
Many Taoists recluses and Buddhists monks dwelled in mountains and forests to observe, listen, and meditate in order to gather deeper understanding and greater knowledge of nature than is possible when living in the milieu of human society.
Often in search of extraordinary longevity and treasures of life, these extraordinary men (and a few women) moved from observation of nature to experimentation and development of the body. The goal of longevity necessitated that the body be prepared by a lifetime of practices. Thus preparation of a strong, healthy body led to the development of these breathing exercises. For thousands of years men have practiced and developed these breath control techniques to improve health, correct problems and heal illnesses of various parts of the vital organs. You can experience the benefits for yourself.
The ZTK breathing exercises are grouped into three levels. The first level focuses on illness prevention, elimination of sickness, and the prolonging of a healthy life. Studies from this level include T’ai-chi Chi-Kung, Tao Yin, 18 Therapies, Yin-Yang Medical Chi-Kung.
The second level aims at rejuvenation. These studies include 5 Elements, 5 Organs, N. 5 Animals.
The upper level exercises help calm the mind and harmonize the will. Each movement is in rhythm with deep breathing technique. Full concentration and daily practice are required. These studies include Bodhidharma Jing Kang Ch’uan/Diamond Body Chi-Kung, 9 Segment Tantric Chi-Kung.
I studied many of these techniques at the Chi Kung Institute in San Francisco. The instructor was Chiu Lim Chan, age 54 at the time (1975), who looked 35 and had a belly as hard as a stone. He got the teachings on Wu Tang Mountain from a 180 year-old man; that was in 1940.
By Hua-Ching Ni. 6” x 9”, 118 pages, paperback. Dao-In
(Energy Conducting) is an ancient system of gentle movement and meditative postures that nurture and invigorate personal energy and attunes it to the universal vitality. Part of the Taoist Immortal cultivation and medical system. Over 85 photos, and meticulous instruction.
Chinese Qigong Illustrated
By Yu Gongbao. 6-1/2” x 9”, 155 pages, hardcover. Divided into four sections: theories, exercises, styles, and basic requirements. This book explains the practice and art of Qigong. Illustrated with pictures from classic books and written in simple language, this reference provides an interesting and useful introduction to this ancient practice. The pictures in this book are selected from some monumental books on qigong.
A Hanging Chart on Ten-Section Brocade Qigong Exercise
Includes many exercises that can be done sitting down. Ideal for older people. Fujian Science and Technical Publishing, ©1991. 42” x 30”, 10 forms, 21 figures.
Bone Marrow Nei Kung Taoist Ways to Improve Your Health
By Mantak Chia & Maneewan Chia. 6” x 9-1/4”, 288 pages, paperback. Ancient Taoist methods of “regrowing” the bone marrow are crucial to rejuvenating the body, which in turn rejuvenates the mind and spirit. In this ground-breaking work, Master Mantak Chia divulges the step-by-step Bone Marrow Nei-Kung practice of his predecessors known as the “Steel Body”, a coveted asset in medicine and martial arts.
Chinese Qigong Outgoing-Qi Therapy
By Bi Yongsheng. 5-1/2” x 8”, 465 pg, paperback. The cultivation and use of outgoing Qi to achieve balance in the Qi of the patient and thereby relieve illness and disease. Sections discuss the theory, the application of the I-Ching to medicine and outgoing qi therapy, acupoints used in qigong, training of qi, outline of treatment, and treatment of disease, including internal, surgical, gynecological, traumatic, and pediatric conditions.
Iron Shirt Chi Kung: I Internal Organs Exercise
By Mantak Chia. 6” x 9”, 330 pg, paperback. Although considered a martial art, the main purpose of iron Shirt is not for fighting, but to perfect the body to the extent that you win great health. The text teaches how to increase the performance of the organs during sports, speech, singing and dancing. How to direct the internal power to energize and strengthen organs and increase qi pressure in the fascia.
14-Series Sinew Transforming Exercises
By Chang Weizhen. 4-3/4” x 7-1/4”, 117 pg, paperback. A traditional form of Qigong exercises for overcoming disease and prolonging life of ancient origin. Characterized by graceful movements, the Sinew-Transforming exercises have a style as robust as Shaolin and yet as supple as Taiji. They differ from modern free exercises in that they integrate the exercise of the body and extremities with a conscious control of movement by the mind.
Chinese Qigong Therapy
By Zhang Mingwu & Sun Xingyuan. 5-1/2” x 8”, 265 pg, paperback. Extensive coverage of qigong techniques, forms, and patterns are found in the book, everything from “the blowing method to strengthen kidneys” to “hypertension treating pattern” to special cancer-treating qigong methods.” A final text section covers qigong prescriptions for symptoms including pneumonopathy, splenic and gastric disease, cardiovascular disease, etc.
The Essence of Taiji Qigong Book and Video Set
ook (B115) by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming. 7” x 10” 148 pages, paperback. The movements of Tai Chi Chi Kung may look simple, but the theory behind them is deep. Circulate the Chi smoothly throughout your body and lead it to nourish your brain and raise your spirit of vitality. This book presents a brief discussion of the background and principles of Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuan, and then explains several practice routines. Video (V024) by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming. 110 minutes, color, complements the book The Essence of Tai Chi Chi Kung. This tape shows many more techniques not found in the book. A great way to energize the body, raise the spirit, and deepen your understanding of Chi Kung (Qigong) and Tai Chi (Taiji). Detailed instructions for practice will enable you to teach yourself.
Qigong Exercise Therapy The Series of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Foreign Readers
By Zhang Jian Guo & Bi Yong Sheng. 5-1/2” x 8”, 273 pages, paperback. Qigong therapy for specific internal conditions raging from asthma, cough, palpitations, and vertigo to abdominal masses, edema, impotence, and melancholy are presented. Further chapters describe therapy for gynecopathy, EENT pathology, surgical and traumatic conditions, and obesity, as well as relief of possible reactions to qigong practice.
Chinese Yuanbao Qigong
By Yang Qiyuan. 6-1/4" x 9", 195 pages, hardcover. Yuanbao Qigong originated from the Xuefeng Mountains in the Western region of Hunan Province. It is an extremely large and complex system. This book stresses its applications, outlining theories which are related to TCM, and movements that are easy to learn and practice. It also covers the romantic charm, techniques, and scientific research of Yuanbao Qigong.
Liangong in 18 Forms: Part 1
By Wen-Mei Yu. Liangong is a complete set of therapeutic exercises (6 sections) for preventing and healing physical ailments. Part 1 is an introduction to the entire exercise and then takes you through sections one and two. These first two sections are comprised of exercises designed to heal neck, shoulder and back pain. 59 min
Beginner Yin Yang Medical Qigong
A Qigong form designed to maintain health and vitality, and to enhance the flow of Qi through the body. Developed by Master Jiang Jianye after researching many different types of Qigong in China, it is a combination derived from the philosophies and forms found in White Crane, Big Geese, Wisdom, and Fragrant Qigong, among other styles. Self-produced, good instruction, adequate audio and video quality. 75 minutes. (Intermediate video #V216 available below.)
Health Maintenance Qigong
Video by Shou-Yu Liang & Wen-Ching Wu. Includes the vital organ qigong methods for the lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, stomach, spleen and Triple Burner, along with the 6 Healing Sounds. It’s designed both as a learning reference and as a guided qigong workout partner. 60 min
By Liang, Shou-Yu & Wu, Wen-Ching. 7” x 10”, 348 pg, paperback. Consists of five chapters which covers: TCM theories & Qi cultivation methods, Taoist methods to foster essence; Qi; and spirit, Buddhist esoteric abilities, emitting; absorbing and healing, wushu (martial arts) Iron Shirt training Order #B295..... $34.95
Nine Segment Buddhist Breathing
Video by Shou-Yu Liang & Wen-Ching Wu. This tape is designed to guide you through the breathing patterns to purifythe Three Channels. When the Three Channels are open, the dormant fire of the Root Chakra can be awakened. 50 min Order #V182..... $39.95
Video by Shou-Yu Liang & Wen-Ching Wu. Microcosmic Circulation was once a closely grarded and mystifying qigong method for Fostering Jing into Qi. This video is designed to assist you in completing the Microcosmic Circulation. 60 min Order #V181..... $39.95
By Liang, Shou-Yu & Wu, Wen-Ching. 7” x 10”, 348 pg, paperback. Consists of five chapters which covers: TCM theories & Qi cultivation methods, Taoist methods to foster essence; Qi; and spirit, Buddhist esoteric abilities, emitting; absorbing and healing, wushu (martial arts) Iron Shirt training
Yin Yang Medical Qigong: Intermediate
A Qigong form designed to maintain health and vitality, and to enhance the flow of Qi through the body. Developed by Master Jiang Jianye after researching many different types of Qigong in China, it is a combination derived from the philosophies and forms found in White Crane, Big Geese, Wisdom, and Fragrant Qigong, among other styles. Self-produced, good instruction, adequate audio and video quality. Intermediate: 100 min. (Beginner video #V141 below) Order #V216..... $39.9
Iron Shirt Chi Kung 1: Strengthen Your Internal Organs
Master Chia guides you through standing postures, muscle locks, and breathing techniques, known as Iron Shirt Chi Kung. These practices direct internal power to the organs, the 12 tendon channels, and the connective tissues. 1 hour 50 mins Order #V233..... $39.95
Shawn Kung: Vol. 1 (Xiang Gong)Fragrant Qigong
The Basics. Introduction to an ancient Chi Kung style first invented by Buddhist monks. Reduce blood pressure, helps asthma and kidney ailments. Upper body and arms emphasis, fast and easy to learn. Order #V275..... $39.95
Attune Your Body With Dao-In
By Hua-Ching Ni. Ancient system of gentle movements and postures. Dao-In energizes and conducts your energy through certain specific channels, It can also break up and dissipate emotional problems. It guides you through the 49 postures including many sitting meditation postures. VHS, 50 minutes Order #V289..... $39.95
Iron Shirt Chi Kung II Enliven Your Joints & Tendons Developing Elastic Movement
By Mantak & Maneewan Chia. 2 videos, 3 hrs. 45 min. You can actually grow your tendons, making them supple and elastic like a child’s. Your joints can open and become free passageways for the Qi life force energy to circulate through your body. The key is the use of slow, gentle movements that activate the tendons, followed by quiet meditation that directs the internal energy. Order #V319..... $69.9