Energy Gates Qigong is a powerhouse of information that will surprise you. Its clarity and depth have inspired tens of thousands of Westerners to learn qigong – a 3,000 year old exercise system from China that fosters lifelong health. The gentle, effective exercises of Energy Gates Qigong can be done by anyone regardless of age or body type.
Completely revised and expanded, this seminal book has new chapters on breathing, sinking the chi and the 16-part neigong system. Learn the fundamental principles of qigoing theory as it is taught in China and experience its practical applications for health, longevity, stress reduction and improving the mind/body connection.
Core exercises of Opening the Energy Gates Qigong include fundamental standing techniques, Cloud Hands, Three Swings and the Spine Stretch. Guidelines for practice are also included, along with advice on what to look for in a good teacher.
Opening the Energy Gates Qigong exercises are uniquely designed to:
Detailed illustrations throughout the book make it easy to acquire the correct alignments for each exercise in the comfort of your own home. When the core exercises of Energy Gates Qigong are practiced for an extended length of time, you will develop a relaxed power and flexibility that is unobtainable in the average person.
Most people think that aerobic exercise is necessary to strengthen the heart and lungs. While aerobic exercise does accomplish this, so does qigong. Slow, deep, regular breathing and energy movement combine to work oxygen deeper into the tissues than regular exercise.
One case in point: a qigong student who holds a normal, sedentary office job and engages in almost no aerobic activity has a brother who is a well-known mountaineer. Invited to climb a mountain in Colorado with his brother, he imagined himself gasping for air as his brother marched ahead, but, much to his surprise, he found that his capacity for physical activity, in terms of breath, had actually come to surpass that of his brother, who engaged in aerobic activity continuously.
Because Dragon and Tiger Qigong is a simple and effective qigong practice, it is taught to students at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. Tracing the meridian lines helps our students to become more sensitive to both their own and their patients' chi and enables them to become better acupuncturists.