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|The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan|
Issue 36 2/2009
Learning through antagonistic forces
Traditionally Qigong is generally practiced alone, although some teachers integrate massage as a reciprocal exercise. However, practicing with a partner can be useful for gaining a better feeling for one’s own stability and for understanding the alignment of Qigong movements. Claudia Bartels has used her experience in Taijiquan to integrate systematic partner exercises into her Qigong teaching. She gives examples of how a second person, mostly by applying measured resistance, can support a practitioner in sensing the lines of force of a movement more clearly and in modifying the movement accordingly. Both partners can thus enter into more intensive contact, train their awareness and achieve a more profound understanding of the exercise.
»Empty your cup ...«
In the previous issue we presented the small frame according to Yang Shaohou as one version of the Yang style that clearly differs from the better-known form according to Yang Chengfu.
»Taijiquan is not an ancient antique«
Li Deyin comes from a traditional martial arts family and for 40 years has taught Taijiquan professionally at Renmin University in Beijing. Drawing on this experience in an interview with Ronnie Robinson, he talks about the training with his grandfather, the differences between Chen style Taijiquan and the other traditional styles and between traditional and modern Taijiquan, and about the different directions taken in Taijiquan teaching in China nowadays.
Qigong and the psyche
The health-promoting effects of Qigong include a strengthening of and beneficial influence on the psyche. On the basis of experiences of Qigong masters and results from empirical neuropsychological studies, Zheng Buyin and Carsten Meyer explain how Qigong can support mental and emotional balance. One special feature is that Qigong, as a form of »exercise with oneself«, promotes self-perception and inner motivation.
Expanding in unity
In the previous issue Ursula Rimbach gave a general introduction to the five elements or transformational phases. We now present a five-part series that will deal with the individual
Fire – the fuel of our life
Ursula Rimbach too sees the opening of the heart as an essential aspect of the element fire. Love, joy, empathy, understanding and forgiving are qualities that come from the heart and that nourish the heart. At the same time the heart, as the seat of shen, forms a connection with »heaven« – assuming we can let it become empty for this purpose. Time and again, Qigong can make us aware of this cosmic connection.
The beginning is represented by many images in Chinese script – birth, head, source, dawn, east, spring, root, the opening of a door and many more. The true beginning is represented by the figure one, which in turn – as the beginning of the universe – simultaneously contains all things. As a horizontal line it has two ends, which can equally be the beginning and the end.