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Restless by nature, on a whim I blew off city living and my career, to try my hand at a simpler-slower life in rural Tasmania. It's going to be one heck of a learning curve..join me as I find my feet, fingers crossed!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Part 2: Wild Goose Qigong..

continued on from Part 1, Nov 20th post.


The Wild Goose Qigong Method
Wild Goose is classified as a Medical qigong, and the primary reason for practicing this form of qigong is to improve the health, and wellbeing, as well as the length and quality of life. As such, the Wild Goose Qigong is proclaimed to have many benefits for health and longevity. Wild Goose Qigong has become well known for curing sickness, reaping good health, promising longevity and increasing intelligence, bringing about an overall improvement of physical and mental functions.
Bingkun Hu  explains: When we have better qi flow, our blood circulation will improve. We will have more oxygen supply to our brain. Our mind will be more alert. We will get stronger, and we will have more physical strength, etc..
The major focus of the pre-64 form is to improve the Yin and Jing (essence), in particular the Kidney and Pre-heavenly Jing.  By replenishing the Jing, the body is restored to its optimum level of health and vitality, and so it is used in particular for chronic illnesses and as preventative medicine.  To this end, the form contains a number of bending movements,  filling of the lower dantien, as well as Water and lunar imagery.
Types of Movements:

a gooseThe Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong contains both vigorous and gentle movements, actions combined with stillness, and beautiful postures. The movements work directly with the acupuncture points and channels, stimulating and opening them, to allow the free flow of Qi (vital energy). Vigorous movements, including jumping, shaking, slapping, and swooping, release negative Qi, Some of the faster movements act to directly stimulate acupoints with a stronger 'surge' of energy to clear the area and ensure a freer pathway for it to flow.
The slower, gentle movements gather fresh Qi, and perform a kind of internal massage on the organs like the kidneys, liver and spleen.
There are movements which are performed in the upright, vertical position, which are similar to tai chi stepping and others which sweep down from a high position to a very low posture helping to stimulate and strengthen the upper and lower back area.
In particular there are many bending movements that open up the meridians (energy channels) in the legs. These are: Yin- Kidney, Liver, Spleen; Yang – Bladder, Gallbladder, Stomach. The form finishes with meditation and stillness to store the freshly accumulated Qi.
Summary of the Benefits of Wild Goose Qigong

The most obvious and immediate benefits or practicing the Wild Goose Qigong is in improving overall physical fitness, balance, and flexibility; reducing stress and anxiety, and alleviating tension. With regular practice, it has documented benefits for the central nervous system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, metabolism, and the digestive and urinary systems. The exercises are also very useful for psychosomatic conditions and improving the general disposition.

The list of problems that are alleged to have been alleviated through the practice of Wild Goose Qigong includes: CFS, haemorrhoids, constipation, high blood pressure, menstrual problems, prostate trouble, gynaecological diseases, impotence, meningitis, brain tumour, mental disorders, insomnia, migraines, epilepsy, arthritis, dermatitis, diabetes, pancreatic diseases, deafness, glaucoma & asthma. It is also said that long practice of the Qigong may set one free from more formidable and chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

The Story of the First (Pre-64) Forms
another gooseThe movements in this set of qigong loosely describe the daily activities of a wild goose:

The Goose Wakes Up - It stretches itself, it brushes up its wings and shakes them. It plays innocently. The goose looks at the moon, which is reflected in the water and tries to scoop it up.
The Goose Takes Flight - Flapping its wings, the care-free wild goose skims over a smooth lake. It looks at the water and dips down to drink the water.
The Goose adjusts its QiNext the goose plays with the “qi”.  It tries to grasp the qi.  It holds and rotates the qi-ball.  It pushes out the dirty qi, and receive the fresh qi.
The Flying Goose - the goose is first flying up into the sky. Now it is flying over the water.  Then it is looking for some food.
The Goose Returns - After that, it makes its nest. At last, the goose goes to sleep.

When beginning, learners are encouraged to be pre-occupied with the daily activity of an innocent wild goose, when they are imagining that they are “flapping their wings” beside a shimmering lake under a full moon, their heart beat will be naturally slow down, and their mind will gradually be quieting down too.

Sounds interesting..Join us. Amanda & Sylvia run fabulous Qigong (listed as tai chi) classes regularly in Cygnet, see the local classifieds for details..

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