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Discovering Chi: Exercises for the Beginner [Import]

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Qigong beginner Dec 17 2002
By A Customer
I wanted to start off saying I thought this was an excellent video. Great music, clear explanations of what needed done along with the ability to see exactly what was going on. I was confused as to why the warm up was 26 minutes into the tape when you are to always do warm up prior to starting but I felt that was a minor issue. I do have a word of caution based on my experience. I am totally new to qigong. This video I picked up at a library as it has always been something I wanted to try. Each time after I practiced this video I became very sad. I couldn't even say why. This happened the first couple of times and on the next session (this was all in a two week timespan) I became very depressed. A problem at work that couldn't get resolved and I went downhill. As this has never happened to me before, it scared me. I picked up a book on qigong to find out what happened and one paragraph stood out - "Proceed gradually, step by step. Don't overload your qi by trying to do too much too soon." It went on to mention that latent problems could surface if you overload your qi circuits. My feeling is that if you are a basic beginner like me - check out Kenneth Cohen's book "The Way of Qigong" and start from there - then work your way up to this video. He gives a week by week qigong practice plan in his book. Obviously, not everyone will have this problem based upon other reviews but it did happen to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give it some time July 11 2001
By Ava
At the beginning of the practice there should be warm up exercises first. These are quite simple and enjoyable. They are not the Chi Gong, but will leave you feeling relaxed and balanced right from the beginning. After that Linda demonstrates 8 treasures of Chi Gong - 8 movements. I have not mastered them all yet. But even doing the few I know gives me a lot of satisfaction.
At first it was hard to concentrate and get in tune with the movements. I did not want to give up. There is something very soothing and enchanting about the music, movements and Linda's quiet mastery that kept me coming back to watching the tape and repeating exercises with the tape.
Eventually the moment came, quite unexpectedly, when it started feeling like meditaion in motion. The results in the feeling of calmness and relaxation felt amazing.
It takes time and patience. Allow yourself for some time to get the right results. I cannot even imagine how good it could get practiced daily, for a life time. For me it is just the beginning.
All the best to you on a quite road to Chi Gong mastery. Try it in nature rather than at home. The good Chi of the nature's surroundings makes quite a difference in helping your own Chi to flow and grow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It has cured my ailments! March 26 2002
By A Customer
I, like most people, bought the tape & didn't touch it for several months. I did finally when I had a major migrane complete with stomach pain, etc. By the time I was done, unbelievably, I was fine. No symptoms & I felt great other then a little tired from normal exercise. Even though all this, I still did not use it again until I was very dizzy from a flu. Again, I was cured of the dizziness, but of course not the flu. I didn't expect a total miracle. I contined to use it during my flu & I fel more energized/better each time. It does take effort & like most, I can shy away from that. It was hard to at first to complete the warm-up and the 8 moves, but it's worth it. Definitly don't stop after starting the moves. Returning the Chi is VERY important or you might just feel tired. Take small breaks in between like I did. I'm going to buy all her other ones since this has worked so well. I am always so calm afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Hands On Video Jan. 3 1999
By A Customer
This video offers practical step by step instructions of circulating the energy through the body. This is important for well being. The warm up exercises are essential and are found midway through the tape. In my personal experience I have found it to help with back pain. I am not a medical professional and can only speak from my own experience.
It is important to add if any movement hurts other than slight discomfort while stretching the body, if it continues, stop immediately. Everyone's body is different. Watch the exercise and visualize it if this happens. The next movement may or may not be ok for each individual.
Watch the tape and listen to your body. I find this tape invaluable and do these exercises daily but there are a few sequences that I do not do because of my particular body makeup.
I recommend this tape highly.
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