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June 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm #129855
First of all, i would like to share the feeling of gratitude toward Bruce and all energy arts team for providing such a beautiful material for relieving the most common physical problems of these times !
If find those movement easy, profound and joyful to experiment.
Despite the obvious similarity of movement 4 and the movement 4 of D&T, i would just like to check if there’s advanced practitioner of Energy Arts and Dragon & Tiger specially, if those fascia and specific movements : up and down with yin-yang surfaces “should” be done or “can be” done in all the set of dragon and tiger ?
and Is this kind of feeling of yin-yang surfaces, being consciously moved separately, is a constant in chi gung and chi practices ?
Pleased to be one of the joyful ones to experience those precious teachings !
ArnaudJuly 7, 2017 at 8:24 am #136427
Qigong as we do it is simply a good exercise and I would say it is the best form of exercise as young and old can do it for maximum benefit and at deep fundamental health level. Hoverever one diasadvantage is boredom or monotonousness. It is difficult to find good explaination of what is happening in the movement because the art is very secret only less than 50 years ago and those who are good at it actually just do the action without knowing why or how things happen. In commumist China it considered to be a myth, so that any body found practising it will be in real trouble with the authority. Taoist are like scientist in that they spent time to study the theory and practice involves in it. That is why Bruce is very good in this art and can explain and make it intellegent and interesting for us. Everyday I do qigong I find that I tend to do faster than I would have the time to absorb the things going on in the body, I have to conscuiously slow myself.
Before any advance practitioner cares to give us some tips here, I will share my thinking in the subject.
Movement 4 is actually exactly similar except that it is done in more details in the D.T. set. Head and leg movement is explained in detail and the energy movement for left and right side is traced in very specific details so that we get the benefits in that particular way. While the same movement used for neck and shoulder pain exercise is used to stimulate the fascia generally. It leave room for person who do it to feel a greater part of his body and as he feel unease in any spot he can then concentrate the same exercise on that spot to open, free, relax the fascia involved and cure the problem.
Yin Yang is the most fundamental principle much like duality, positive and negative ideas etc. In taoist art it is the basic or fundamental explaination for all action and movement. Most qigong do it without mentioning it, maybe just to keep it simple. No explaination is simpler, just do it! But many taichi school will mention it if they want to give any explaination to what they are doing. Taichi is an advance art form.
In D.T. the energy tracing along the inside and outside of the leg is exactly yin-yang tracing without using the term yin-yang .
In movement 5, tiger pounces, the energy is to drops down generally without having to consider yin or yang It is a reflex action and the body do what it wants to do by itself. In neck and shoulder pain exercise, Bruce mention that we can simply drop down energy through the leg without care for yin or yang, or we can use yin-yang to trace the qi movement if we are more expert or have better concentration, meaning better awareness of qi.
Dragon and tiger is consider a meridian qigong and so the hand traces lines in the body corresponding to qi meridian lines. The hand guesture is for outside observer to follow but unconsciously our internal body also follow what our hand is doing and so our hand become a good conductor for moving our internal energy. Excuse me for being so long winded, you know, I do qigong everyday and while being bored I have indulged in all this thinking,
Fascia is just under the skin and so is meridian line and so I think meridian lines runs in the fascia.Freeing up fascia so that qi can move better should be an enhancement to D.T. exercise. I would very much like to know whether this is correct.
Enjoy your qigong exercise.
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