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This is a very internal “Chi gathering” based on a centuries-old Dowist routine, commercially promoted by Michael Winn www.healingdao.com.
Trevor was introduced to it by Dr Lam’s US Master Trainer Shelia Rae.
We often perform a part of this intense Chi gathering as our warm up form. In its entirety it can take around 45 mins.
It is essential that before practicing a TC form, that the body is relaxed and loose. To promote this we use a series of Warm-up forms based on those used by Dr Lam to precede his forms for Health.
These act as a slow Qi Gong to promote initial movement and relaxation.
This is slow, calming, deep breathing practiced by most of the healing arts, including Yoga and western medicine. The in-breath is allowed to completely fill the diaphragm (expanding the stomach), massaging the internal organs. It uses the full lung capacity and promotes greater oxygen absorption to the blood. The reversing out-breath causes the stomach area to contract. This method of breathing also exercises pelvic floor muscles.
This slow breathing technique acts as a metronome, controlling speed and pace in the T’ai Chi Form.
Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire
This is a powerful, slow, meditative Qi Gong which can be carried out at any time, sitting, standing or lying down. Its five movements are based on the five key elements of Chinese Medicine said to control key organs and promote and concentrate Chi flow around the body.
Qi Gong in Our Classes
We use several Qi Gong routines in our normal classes. Performed seated or standing, our classes will normally start with a quiet meditative period to encourage everyone to focus on deep Yang Breathing and to progressively relax and open all joints.This will normally be followed by a gentle “Warming-up” Qi Gong to loosen the body and then an internal “5-Element” Qi Gong.
For more advanced classes we often use a “Primordial” Qi Gong or other advanced Qi Gong to replace both the warm-up and internal forms.
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