> Issue 25
The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan

Issue 25 – 3/2006

»When the actions don’t please the heart, then the Qi no longer flows«
Taiji and Qigong as a way of acquiring resonance capability

By Dr Henrik Jäger

One of the principle themes of Chinese philosophy is finding a path to an original, natural state in harmony with nature. Although Confucians and Daoists take separate routes to this goal, these are expressed in similar images such as the growth of a tree and the flow of water. If one is to find a place within the natural progression of the cosmos, one must tune oneself to its resonances. Henrik Jäger regards Qigong and Taijiquan as ways of learning resonance capability and thus, through a shared vibrancy, of experiencing connectedness with other beings and with nature. In order to achieve this end the type and method of practice is important: nothing should be forced and yet one should always remain aware and mindful.
Increasing Jing and preserving beauty
Interview with Zhou Yi on women’s inner alchemy
Inner alchemy is understood as an independent tradition alongside or within Qigong. Its history goes back at least two thousand years, while the female line of the tradition is documented back to the 8th century. Women’s inner alchemy is adapted to the specific characteristics of the female body, expressed most clearly through specific female sexuality, menstruation and the ability to give birth. In the first part of an interview with Almut Schmitz, Zhou Yi explains various approaches within women’s inner alchemy and its relationship with Daoist religion and with shamanism. In the second part, to be published in the next issue, she describes the goals in more detail and deals with the different determining factors in earlier times and today.

 

Yi – Qi – Jin
The path to “essential energy” in Taijiquan
By Frieder Anders

»Jin« is an elemental concept in Taijiquan, as in other Chinese martial arts. However, there are different ideas about what Jin actually describes and how this inner strength arises. Frieder Anders describes how, in the Yang style according to Yang Shouzhong, simple muscle power is transformed into Jin through the guidance of the mind. An essential aspect here is that each action is first undertaken in the mind, giving the movement an intention which extends beyond one’s own body.

 

The roots of the movement art
Patterns of movement development

By Dieter Hoffmann

Taijiquan, and in some cases Qigong, involves highly complex movements. In order to create the conditions for this movement every human being undergoes a fascinating developmental process, in the course of which he or she discovers and integrates movement patterns appropriate to each stage of physical growth. Dieter Hoffmann sketches how this development, beginning in the womb, relates us to all other forms of life and how in this way each individual makes connections within his or her own body and with the surroundings. The author sees the natural ease with which this happens as an example for all potentially successful learning of movement.

 

Shisanshi – The 13 basic techniques of Taijiquan (Part 2)
By Jan Silberstorff

The 13 basic techniques together form a key aspect of Taijiquan. Many styles and schools have their own differing interpretations of these techniques. Jan Silberstorff explains their significance and means of application in the tradition of the Chen Style. In the previous issue he examined the four foundation techniques of Peng, Lu, Ji and An; he now follows with Cai, Lie, Zhou, Kao, Teng, Shan, Zhe, Kong and Huo.

 

Neijin Yizhichan Qigong
Increasing inner strength with finger exercises

By Dr Bernd Kordts

The Shaolin Neijin Yizhichan, commonly known as “one-finger meditation”, is part of the Buddhist tradition. It is characteristic of this exercise method that various postures are maintained for a longer period, while special movements of individual fingers amplify the effect on the energy flow in the meridians. A particular focus of concentration or awareness is not necessary here. Besides the strengthening or restoration of one’s own health, one important quality attributed to the Neijin Yizhichan is that it gives the ability to treat other people with Qi.