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Discovering Chi: Exercises for the Beginner [Import]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Qigong beginner Dec 17 2002
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Ninja Material. Dec 14 2002
If your into martial arts, and think this video is going to turn you into a Ninja with the death touch, your gonna be disappointed. It shows some exercises you do to improve your health and well being. It was the only video that I could find on the subject so I bought it. I tried a few of the exercises, and you can feel your chi flowing because of them, otherwise my video sits and gathers dust until I get more time to practice what's on it.
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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 I love the warm-up exercises! Nov. 11 2001
It's been ages since I used this tape. So I forgot how good the warm-up excercises made me feel. But this morning I pulled it from the shelf and gave it another try. To be honest, I haven't even come close to mastering all the instructions on this video. But the warm-up alone will make you feel great. And I hope to use this tape more often. Why and how does it work? Who can say? I just know that I feel better and more relaxed. I sincerely hope it does the same for you.
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