Other Styles of Qigong

Practiced within our School

In addition to Tai Chi and Taijiwuxigong we make use of a number of other methods which Dr Shen taught as aids for recovering health and well-being. These systems include:

Chinese Dragon Resting
A Section from Chen Rong’s Nine Dragons.

The Emei Daoyin: a set of ten standing and two meditation exercises which Dr Shen believed were the best traditional Qigong system developed in China. The exercises offer a wonderfully precise way to work deep into the physical and energetic channels of the body, clearing blockages that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. These exercises are particularly useful for those who use their hands in an exact or exacting way, as they were developed to support martial, massage, and bone setting techniques.

The Dragon Daoyin: a set of nine standing exercises which mimic the spiralling movement of the Chinese dragon. These graceful movements help to open the spine, and open the five large channels of the body. Ultimately, the dantian force becomes like two dragons that twist and spiral up each side of the spinal column to the crown of the head.

The Five Animals Daoyin: a set of five standing exercises which emulate the movements of a deer, a bear, a bird, a monkey, and a tiger. Emulating these animals helps to develop a very free and spontaneous state of mind which makes this a very light and playful way to exercise.

The Tendon Changing Daoyin (Yijin jing): a system of nine standing exercises which help to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons of the body. Given the overall emphasis within our school, we use these exercises to correct the alignment of the spinal column and eliminate negative emotional information.

The Sound Daoyin: a group of sounds that we use in order to direct internal movement around our body, bring vibration to our dantian, and calm our minds. In Tai Chi practice these sounds add outward force to our martial applications, but in Qigong we use them to bring awareness back into our body and cultivate deep states of meditation.


NOTES:

A full size version of Chen Rong’s Nine Dragons is held by¬† the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and you can download a full size version of the image here.