Are you looking for a simple yet challenging qigong exercise set for health, energy and chi development? Look no further than Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong.
This qigong exercise set helps to move and get rid of stagnant chi in your body. This qigong exercise set consists of seven movements that trace the acupressure meridians of your body, giving your body a full energetic massage and cleansing.
While I was in China I looked for a qigong set that would have three qualities:
Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong was the answer!
It is my personal opinion that Dragon and Tiger Qigong is one of the most beneficial qigong sets ever developed in China. It is fun to practice and many people begin to FEEL energy or chi moving in their body.
Dragon and Tiger Qigong was passed down in China from Zhang Jia Hua, a doctor of Chinese medicine. She was extremely proficient in the use of qigong for medical purposes. At one time, she was the vice president of the All China Qigong Association.
Zhang Jia Hua was so taken with Dragon and Tiger Qigong that in 15 years of active teaching, during the 1960-1970s, she taught and qualified more than 20,000 instructors who spread Dragon and Tiger Qigong to over 20 million people in China.
Many qigong sets in China are named for the qualities and purpose for which they are designed. The general purpose analogy in Dragon and Tiger Qigong is that you develop the agility and flexibility of a flying dragon and the relaxed power of a pouncing tiger.
Chinese medicine gives it more specific meanings: the tiger's immense strength and responsiveness are traits that derive from the liver—hence the tiger is a metaphor for a healthy and strong liver. The dragon's ability to fly is a trait that resides in the lungs—hence the dragon is a metaphor for healthy and strong lungs.
Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong is a 1,500-year-old self-healing movement system based on acupuncture. It is sometimes called "meridian-line qigong" because it helps free you of energetic (chi) blockages by balancing the chi flow that runs through the acupuncture meridians or energy channels of your body.
This powerful qigong (chi gung) set offers about 80 percent of the benefits of longer, more complex forms, but in just seven simple movements that are relatively easy to learn for astounding health benefits not found in most Western exercise systems.
Dragon and Tiger Qigong's seven movements literally trace the acupuncture lines of your body to move and disperse stagnant chi. The movements are easy to learn yet challenging enough to keep Dragon and Tiger Qigong interesting for ongoing practice.
Energy Arts students demonstrate Dragon and Tiger Qigong
Dragon and Tiger Qigong is especially renowned for simultaneously accomplishing three major changes in the body:
Dragon and Tiger Qigong's gentle movements are especially beneficial for the joints, increasing range of movement—especially in the upper body. Even when done imperfectly, by people who have limited energy or range of motion, or who are sick or wheelchair bound, this qigong set is immensely beneficial.
They can improve physical balance, coordination and flexibility and stretch the legs, waist and upper body.
Dragon and Tiger Qigong's seven simple movements are repeated 20 times in a single practice session. Completing a set requires only about 15 minutes. Soft, circular and fluid movements enhance your overall ability to move gracefully.
Not bad for a 15-minute daily practice!
Dragon and Tiger Qigong will teach you how to feel all the parts of your body and wake up your nervous system while you become more relaxed, soften your muscles and improve blood circulation.
There are also many variations and levels of learning within Dragon and Tiger Qigong, so you can continue practicing for many, fostering health and wellness from the inside out.
In the manual, you will receive in-depth instruction on Dragon and Tiger Qigong's physical movements, energy mechanics and breathing techniques—with more than 650 detailed illustrations.
The Dragon and Tiger Qigong Manual is a perfect companion to the DVD.
The DVD set breaks down each of the seven movements in great detail. A comprehensive menu system will allow you to refine any specific movement, or practice the entire set.
The first DVD is 88 minutes and the second DVD is 65 minutes for a total play time of 2 hours and 33 minutes.
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