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Yi Jin Jing: Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Qigong Exercises [Paperback]

Chinese Health Qigong Association
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Sept. 1 2008 Chinese Health Qigong
Qigong is an aspect of traditional Chinese medicine that involves coordinating breathing patterns with physical postures to maintain health and well-being. Yi Jin Jing/ Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Exercises is an accessible, fully-illustrated guide to a particular qigong exercise that focuses on turning and flexing the spine. Based on the twelve traditional routines of Yi Jin Jing, the exercises covered in the book feature soft, extended, even movements that invigorate the limbs and internal organs. In particular, practice of the Yi Jin Jing exercises improves flexibility, balance and muscular strength, and has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system. Each routine is described step-by-step and is illustrated with photographs and key points. The authors also point out common mistakes and offer advice on how to correct these. Complemented by an appendix of acupuncture points and accompanied by a DVD, this book will be of interest to Qigong and Tai Chi practitioners at all levels, students of martial arts and anyone interested in Chinese culture.

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The Chinese Health Qigong Association is an organization that popularizes and researches Health Qigong, and is a group member of the All-China Sports Federation. Its aim is to inherit and carry forward the Chinese traditional culture of health promotion and facilitate the communication between Western and Eastern Cultures.

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4.0 out of 5 stars As clear and direct as possible Oct. 6 2013
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This is teaching for the masses. It is clear, no frills, direct to the point. Each exercise has a common pitfalls description, correction hints, high points and short ancient saying. There is a short introduction to the exercises that includes a brief historical segment. But even there, everything is direct. The goal of the book/DVD is to get people going in the most clear way. The book has key photos of the exercises, although it is with the DVD that most benefit can be obtained for the practice. Being able to pause the DVD, place bookmarks to sections and such makes it even better (depending on your media reader). One thing that is not so easy to gauge is how to apply force in these tendon exercises. There are pointers to that in the book, but one has to use practice and some introspection. The exercises are easy to learn, and so, the practice can start early. Be sure to turn the DVD off when the moves are learned. The real practice comes at your own pace and breathing, not be following.

I would have given 5 stars, but the DVD, although excellent, lacks on the English translation and mixing in such a way that the English commentary is too detailed. This makes the presenter speak fast and sometimes he is still describing something that is passed, while the video has already started something else. Which he will have to catch up to. Combined with a music that is a bit too much in the foreground gives a not-so-relaxed feeling after a while. The Chinese version is not like that. I hope that the Chinese Health QiGong Association will correct this in their upcoming 2014 series of DVDs. Also, there is no comprehensive index to each exercise. I keep a text file with some time offsets so I don't need to search for sections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Qi Gong Routine and comes with DVD Oct. 2 2008
By Stephen Luff - Published on Amazon.com
This set is based on an original Yi Jin Jing set that dates back to a description of the exercises in the Bibliographic Treatise: History of the Han Dynasty almost 2000 years ago. A Brocade painting named Illustration of Qi Conduction was unearthed in the 1970s - containing over 40 illustrations of exercises.

This newer version of the set put together by the Chinese Health QiGong Association has absorbed the best from the set while applying modern scientific principles.

There are 12 movements in all, focusing on tendon stretching and bone flexing, combining softness with strength. The set relies heavily on the Chinese traditional medicine theory of the 5 elements - Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

There is a focus on Spine Turning and flexing - stimulating the nerve cords, and exercising the internal organs as well as the limbs.

There are some nice exotic hand postures such as Lotus leaf palm;, willow leaf palm, Dragon's claw and Tiger's paw.

The routine itself is a smooth blend of gradual warming up and stilling the mind movements, to some very unusual twists and turns that really stretch the upper body and neck. There is also plenty of lower limb stretching in this routine as well. All done in an upright position. Applying common sense to some of the deeper stretches, this routine is achievable for all ages. In fact I teach it seated in care homes and some abled-bodied elderly groups, as well as younger groups - who all comment on how much they enjoy the routine.

I was looking for a routine that had some good deep stretching in it but was achieved in a very smooth and flowing manner. This routine really offers that. I think its unique enough to be added into any existing Qi Gong program or just as a single routine of daily practice.

Having played with the routine a while now I would add a few words about over-enthusiasm. Stick to the recommended number of repetitions in the beginning. If you have any form of a lower back problem - don't be tempted to do more in the beginning. I overdid 'three plates falling to the floor' on top of 3 straight days of long hours at the Computer, along with a heavy weights workout and - surprise surprise - pulled my lower back, which lasted 5 days. Some will never learn! The lower back is a sensitive place. It responds extremely well to moderate exercise and can give you back great flexibility. Do nothing and it ceases up - overdo it and it ceases up. Responds best to moderation and a gradual increase in a stretching and strengthening workout.

If you like this check out my reviews on Xing Yi Nei Gong which is another Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Qigong Routine. Also the companion to Yi Jin Jing - Wu Xing Xi the 5 animal qi-gong exercises.
Also most importantly, this book comes with a very useful DVD that is in English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great exercise to discover July 26 2010
By Debbie the Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
I have practiced T'ai chi for two years and was pleasantly surprised to discover these muscle/tendon exercises. Like T'ai chi, they appear to be deceptively simple, but they are quite a workout capable of generating a good sweat and making you feel stronger. The instruction is excellent. He demonstrates the exercises in their entirety and then breaks down the moves in stages also demonstrating common mistakes. The DVD is quite simple to follow. Yi Jin Jing exercises take about 20 minutes and the results are noticeable immediately. Within days you feel stronger. I highly recommend Yi Jin Jing from the Chinese Health Qigong Assocation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars don't expect too much Jan. 8 2011
By Paul M. West - Published on Amazon.com
If you do not expect too much you will be delighted with it. I found the book/dvd combo to be a great way to supplement my Qigong training. There are no chapters, meaning, it is all one chapter. You have to do alot of fast forwarding if you want to follow along. You cannot beat it for the price. Despite all of the shortcomings I have ordered the other book/dvd combo (wu qin xi).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ji Jin Jing Nov. 17 2010
By Carol M. Hyland - Published on Amazon.com
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I am currently enrolled in a Qigong class that uses this set of movements. The book and the video are invaluable for my practice time at home. It allows me to recall each move exactly and to perfect my practice.
This is a "must have" book for anyone practicing this set of Qigong. Its both clearly written and illustrated, and of course, the bonus is the DVD insert .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yi Jin Jing Feb. 4 2013
By Rand - Published on Amazon.com
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Yi Jin Jing was everything I was looking for. The CD shows the complete form along with a breakdown instruction for each part. The book also gives clear details of typical mistakes and how to correct them. An excellent resource!
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