Our modern world is very fast and stressful. We sit on chairs all day long and stare at computers. We constantly have to juggle the pressure of work and family. This pressure creates a lot of emotional and physical pain. Our breathing patterns reflect the famous fight or flight response when our body is under stress. It thinks that in order to survive, it needs to tighten the muscles and get ready to run. The ancient teachings of Qigong can help us address these patterns in our body. Qigong practice will help us see how our mind works and make us aware of the choices our body is making. It will train us to build positive patterns instead of negative ones. This book serves as an introduction to the basic teachings of Qigong. You will learn the history of this ancient art, its philosophy, the main branches of Qigong and the movements. The book presents three main workouts: a short morning practice, the Eight Pieces of Brocade and finally, 18 Tai Chi Qigong form. These wonderfully simple exercises will quiet your mind, open up your spine and release tension in your joints and will help prevent injuries by bringing more awareness to your body. The goal of this book, as the title suggests, is to make you physically stronger and emotionally calm and balanced.
Qigong for Beginners