The ancients realized that serenity is the result of a body being properly aligned, strong and supple muscle and bone, resilient to external forces, and agile. They choreographed a contemplative system of movements with martial applications that coordinate body, mind, and spirit into a cohesive whole with all parts working in harmony. Getting all the pieces going in the same direction is the practice. Did they struggle with their practice as we do today? Our guess is probably so. How else could they have tailored the exercises so precisely to master their limitations and transform them into strengths.
Eight Ways Chi Gong Book
Cheng man-ch’ing developed Eight Ways exercises to counteract the effects of aging and poor health. Although this book is written for beginners it will also provide value to more experienced T’ai Chi players. In our own practice, we have found that working these simple exercises enhances our studies and understanding of our whole T’ai Chi practice and the embodiment of T’ai Chi principles in our daily lives. From feeling your way in the dark in unfamiliar surroundings by using lessons gained from Eight Ways exercises such as Wading the Stream to the joyous expression of free-form movement in Playing with Clouds, the Eight Ways offer meditations spanning the physical to the spiritual realms.
Chi Gong Eight Ways provides insights into what and how to practice, keys to learning, five principles of movement, detailed instructions and illustrations for each exercise, and offers suggestions for how to find a teacher.
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Chi Gong for Graceful Aging Video
Chi Gong for Graceful Aging and Fall Prevention exercises develop a graceful, light, stable bearing. All of the challenges that lead to falls are addressed by following Chi Gong principles:
- Waning strength and balance disrupt timing
- Changing direction when we spoil our balance by twisting our torso and knees
- Poor posture puts weight teetering forward or tottering backward
- Missteps and obstacles
Movements progress from simple to more complex, from isolated arm motions to full body motions, from standing on both legs to progressively standing on one at a time, and finally, from individual movements to a continuous flow of motion. Animal Forms and Cheng Man-ch’ing’s Eight Ways are the foundation of the work. This Video contains: Instructions on how to cultivate chi, step-by-step lessons on how to perform eight Chi Gong Forms, and a ten minute follow along routine for daily practice.
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