Yi Jin Jing: Tendon-Muscle Strengthening Qigong Exercises Paperback – Aug 15 2008
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This is a beautiful sequence of exercises attractively filmed and clearly taught... The book provides a convenient source of information to refer to and very clear illustrations of the postures together with arrows showing the directions of the movements. -- Tai Chi Finder Limited With these books the Chinese Health Qiqong Association have come close to providing everyone with their own personal qigong instructor. -- Tai Chi Finder Limited After introducing the history of Yi Jin Jing, some principles of the practice are explained and some practice tips are given. Then, the book goes through a step-by-step description of each twelve practices. After each practice, the key points are highlighted, common mistakes are given and how to correct them and the benefits of thhe practice is explained. -- Medical Qigong Education Centre
A qigong exercise that focuses on turning and flexing the spineSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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.
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 .
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