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  • Actors: Dr. Yang Jwing Ming
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: YMAA Publication Center
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000BAQZM6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Region 0 plays anywhere on a dvd player. Taiji Qigong is an ancient Chinese set of exercises which develops the strength and flexibility of the body, increases your vitality, and promotes deep relaxation. The movements also prepare your body and mind for great Taiji (Tai Chi) practice by loosening your joints, warming your muscles, stimulating your Qi (energy) flow, and sharpening your concentration. Qigong is the key to developing the phenomenal martial power of Taijiquan. In this DVD, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming teaches the purpose and methods of Taiji Qigong, and demonstrates more techniques than are shown in the book, including: * Stretching * Loosening, Rotating, Coiling, and Wrist Settling Warm Up Exercises * Wai Dan Standing Still Meditation * Stationary Taiji Qigong: Primary, Coiling, and Rocking Sets * Walking Taiji Qigong In addition, regular Qigong practice accelerates the health benefits of Taiji. You'll enjoy reduced stress, a stronger immune system, and a deeper awareness of breath and body coordination. This authoritative guide can be used with any style of Taijiquan, and it is a great way for anyone to energize the body, raise the spirit, and deepen your understanding of Qigong and Taiji. "One of America's most sought after instructors of Qigong" - The Omega Institute.

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Qigong, or "energy work" is an ancient method of longevity exercises designed to maximize the generation and flow of inner energy ("chi" or "qi") in ones body. There are literally hundreds of systems, schools and methods of qigong, but Tai Chi Chuan (Supreme Ultimate Boxing) is probably the most easily recognized (if not fully understood) of these. This DVD from Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming incorporates many movements from Tai Chi Chuan, as well as various "stand-alone" qigong exercises, linking them into several exercise programs. Each program is designed with a different result in mind (relaxation, stengthening organs, martial power, etc). Broken up into short, easily understandable sections, the session flows smoothly from a brief overview, to warm-ups, stretching, then proceeds to specific energy exercises by body part and/or chi channel. The quality of instruction is superb, as each section opens with a stated goal, then leads the viewer through the sequences (with both a front and side view, shown simultaneously). "Essence of Taiji Qigong" is one of those truly rare videos that enables a dedicated person to actually learn physical movement by watching and practicing along with the instructor. This is an excellent example of what a "workout" video can (and should) be. --Google

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A viewer on 24 April 2006
Format: DVD
D. Nishimoto "Golden Lion".

Dr Yang returns to the essence of Qiqong and teachings the basic thoughts: breathing, Yi mental focus and movement of the Chi, the chi reserviors and channels, and the importance of relaxation. Dr Yang tells the practitioner too think about why the motiff works, how motiff interacts with Yin and Yang principles, and encourages the practition, too ponder the writings of the masters. Without understanding why Qigong works, Qigong becomes a meanless sequence of movements without any power. These ancient Taoist and Buddhist techniques have been used by millions, practiced daily too help restore health.

Dr Yang instructs in Kan and Lii. Kan is water and Lii represents Fire. Kan is water, which is able to cool the body down making the body more Yin. While Lii is fire which warms the body making it more Yang. When Kan and Lii are adjusted or regulated correctly, Yin and Yang will be balanced an act harmoneously. Chi Kung practitioners believe the body is always too Yang, degenerating and burning out. If you use water to cool down the body, it will slow down the degeneration process and lengthen life. So regulation is required. Wu chi is the balancing of the Yin and Yang forces. In this state nature is peaceful and calm. Wu chi state combines the individuals chi with the chi of nature. This is the goal of Tai Chi.

Exercise 1: 1. Standing Still 2. Big python Softens its Body 3. Chi sunk to Dan Tien 4. Expand the Chest to clean the body 5. Pour the chi into Baihui 6. Left and Right to push mountain 7. Settle wrist and push the palms 8. Large Bear Swimming in Water 9. Left and Right to open mountain 10. Eagle attacks its prey 11. Lion Rotates the Ball 12. White Crane Spreads it wings

Coiling Set: 1. Stand Calmly 2.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL 24 Nov. 2006
By Patrick H. Dickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This DVD has the following sections that cover the different aspects of Taiji Qigong:

The purposes of Taiji Qigong

Training Procedures

Important Points

Stretching

Warming up

Wai Dan Standing Still Meditation

Moving Taijiquan

PURPOSES OF TAIJI QIGONG

This course follows the same general approach as Dr. Yang's book "Taijiquan Theory", which teaches that a student should regulate in the following order:

Regulate the body

Regulate the breath

Regulate the mind

Regulate the chi

Regulate the spirit

Explanations are given as the material is presented. The stated goal of Taiji Qigong is to lead the student into the domain of emptiness, represented by the concept Wuji. At this point Body Qi and Mind Qi become one and all desires disappear. Fortunately, for the many of us that might not reach this accomplished a level, the journey trying to get there is still wonderful and filled with many body, mind and spirit health benefits.

TRAINING PROCEDURE

This section talks about regulating the body by being relaxed, centered, balanced and rooted. When we line up our bodies properly with the earth/ground, it becomes much easier to begin to relax our bodies and mind since we are no longer fighting the effects of being out of balance. This causes our Qi to circulate and avoid stagnation.

Once we learn to regulate the breath, then the mind can lead the Qi effortlessly, as explained by Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming. Each of the five regulations are covered using explanations and demonstrations by Dr. Yang.

WARMING UP

This is a very thorough presentation of well thought out exercises that assist a student/practitioner in loosening their body, muscles and joints. The exercises in this section teach how to connect the parts and move as one unit. Some of the exercises massage and move the internal organs in a beneficial way.

The goals of the abdominal exercises on the DVD are:

Regain control of the muscles in the abdomen

Loosen the lower dan tian so Qi can flow

Improve and smooth the Qi circulation in the small and large intestines

Improve and smooth the Qi circulation in the kidneys

loosen the kidney area

Eliminate Qi stagnation in lower back

Loosen muscles, stomach, gallbladder, liver & spleen

Improve Qi circulation in these areas

Use the mind to lead the Qi from the lower dantien to the solar plexus area

Dr. Yang then teaches chest exercises, arm exercises, loosening up the torso and the internal organs, loosening the wrists, coiling forward and backward, settling the wrists, rotating the ball, and pushing to the sides. For each of these sections, an explanation is given of what the goals should be for each exercise. Dr. Yang is shown split screen with different views of him demonstrating the exercises.

A sign of quality material is when the "warm up" or "basic" exercises are so well designed that they truly have all the secrets of the art, and alone would still be worth the cost of the video. If someone practiced only these warm up exercises, they would still be of great value. As a beginning student, I recall wanting to skip the warm up exercises and go straight to the Taijiquan form.

My teacher taught many Taiji exercises using a Taiji staff that measured from the ground to the armpit. This staff work, I realized many years later, to be of great value and well worth the extra effort of making them a part of the daily Taijiquan practice, along with the form, push hands, etc... The wise student will enjoy spending time learning these exercises. So don't skip these exercises when you watch this video. Spend a lot of time in this section to truly develop a strong foundation in this Taiji Qigong ability.

IMPORTANT POINTS

This section delves into the theory and concepts of Taiji Qigong, with the goal being to return your spirit to its origin, nature. Advice is given on diet, life style and the best time of day to practice.

STRETCHING

This section teaches three or four different types of stretches, while encouraging one to stretch slowly, gently, no tensing of the muscles, no holding your breath, but rather to breath naturally. Dr. Yang recommends ten repetitions of each of the demonstrated stretching techniques.

WAI DAN STANDING STILL MEDITATION

Dr. Yang demonstrates this Wai Dan version, but for the Nei Dan version of standing still meditation, the practitioner is referred to the book "The essence of Taiji Qigong", the companion book for this video. Tips are given for the correct practice while showing Dr. Yang demonstrating the form. This form uses the following postures:

Embracing the moon on the chest (arcing the arms)

Holding up the Heavens

STATIONARY TAIJI QIGONG

Stand still to regulate the breathing (martial artists use reverse abdominal breathing)

Big python softens its body

The Qi is sunk to the dan tian

Expand the chest to clean the body

Pour the Qi into the Baihui (top of the head)

Left and right to push the mountains

Settle the wrists to push the palms

Large bear swimming in the water

Left and right to open the mountain

Eagle attacks its prey

Lion rotates the ball

White Crane spreads its wings

At this point Dr. Yang demonstrates the complete set in continuous movements, repeating each of the forms six times, which would be less than normal.

STATIONARY TAIJI QIGONG COILING SET

This sets purpose is to lead Qi to the surface of the skin and the bone marrow through the use of coiling motions, as taught on this DVD. Reverse breathing is recommended for this set due to its benefits of strengthening the guardian Qi and the skin listening Qi. These two types of Qi are used in the martial arts. The postures are:

Stand calmly to regulate the spirit and breathing

White Crane relaxes its wings

Drill forward and pull back

Left and right Yin and Yang

Water and Fire mutually interact

Large Bear encircles the moon

Living Buddha holds up the heavens

Turn Heaven and Earth in front of your body

Golden Rooster twists its wings

Turn your head to look at the moon

Big Python turns its body

Up and Down coilings

At this point Dr. Yang demonstrates the complete set in continuous movements, repeating each of the forms six times, which would be less than normal.

All of these movements come from the Taijiquan form and should be familiar to anyone who practices Taijiquan. They are excellent for the practitioner when performed with the concentration and focus as demonstrated by Dr. Yang.

STATIONARY TAIJI QIGONG ROCKING SET

These exercises helps one to link all the parts, to realize the opposites and how they work together.

Embracing arms

Ward off

Roll back and press

Push

Rotating the ball

WALKING TAIJI QIGONG

This involves practicing one movement while stepping continuously, as when you do Cloud Hands and do ten to twenty repetitions without changing to other postures. The set is as follows:

Wave hands in clouds

Diagonal flying

Twist body and circle fists

Stepping leg

Brush knee and step forward

Repulse monkey

Snake steps down

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw some of the exercises on this DVD, as I had developed some of the same exercises, like the walking Taiji Qigong series, as a great way to learn and become comfortable with movements in the form. I frequently have advised students to take a movement and turn it into a mini set. I would usually pick whatever posture was giving me a hard time, and I would create a left and right, continuous way of doing the posture, which would enable me to begin to understand and learn the movements.

These exercises are very beneficial for being able to do the movements both on the left and the right, as well as learning how to make the movement circular, in that it can return to its beginning and begin anew.

Well, the title sure sounds simple enough. But in reality this is one loaded DVD, with enough material to keep a student busy for a long time. It's nice to be able to have your Qigong set come out of the Taijiquan movements, as they then become more of a complete, whole system.

Enjoy!!!!!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Easy (and relaxing) to use... 16 July 2008
By Panzon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Qigong, or "energy work" is an ancient method of longevity exercises designed to maximize the generation and flow of inner energy ("chi" or "qi") in ones body.

There are literally hundreds of systems, schools and methods of qigong, but Tai Chi Chuan (Supreme Ultimate Boxing) is probably the most easily recognized (if not fully understood) of these.

This DVD from Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming incorporates many movements from Tai Chi Chuan, as well as various "stand-alone" qigong exercises, linking them into several exercise programs. Each program is designed with a different result in mind (relaxation, stengthening organs, martial power, etc).

Broken up into short, easily understandable sections, the session flows smoothly from a brief overview, to warm-ups, stretching, then proceeds to specific energy exercises by body part and/or chi channel.

The quality of instruction is superb, as each section opens with a stated goal, then leads the viewer through the sequences (with both a front and side view, shown simultaneously).

"Essence of Taiji Qigong" is one of those truly rare videos that enables a dedicated person to actually learn physical movement by watching and practicing along with the instructor.

This is an excellent example of what a "workout" video can (and should) be.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
True Foundation and Essence 21 April 2010
By Zenpony - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I love this DVD, and I have hundreds of books, tapes, dvd's about the Martial Arts. Other reviewers have listed the sequence of sets, so I will not repeat. Instead, I will tell you what I like about the format of this material. First, the narrator has a very strong, yet soft voice. Clear to understand his instructions and explanations. Second, the music track is relaxing and not grating like some other dvd's. Sets the mood for a great practice session. Third, this is a split screen so that you can see the movements for the front and side. Fourth, there is a prompt for inhale and exhale for those who want to follow the pace set by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Fifth, there are goals that are described for each movement, so you know what it is that you are working on. Last, but certainly not least, the Qigong sets, as done by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming are powerful, yet easy to follow.

There is a bonus in the DVD case. Look under the liner ads and you will find a wonderful chart showing the Seven Pairs of Corresponding Qi Gates.

If you value your health, get this DVD and the matching book and begin your practice. Wishing you strong, peaceful chi!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent compliment to the book of the same title 22 April 2010
By Alain B. Burrese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"The Essence of Taiji Qigong: The Internal Foundation Of Taijiquan" with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is a complimentary DVD to accompany the book of the same title. The book goes into more depth regarding the theory, while the DVD provides video instruction to assist with learning the movements.

The first four minutes of the program show Dr. Yang performing a series of movements while a narrator briefly tells the purpose behind Taiji Qigong.

Next, come the Qigong Training Procedures: Regulating the body, regulating the breathing, regulating the mind, regulating the Qi, and regulating the spirit. The narrator gives brief descriptions of what you are doing while Dr. Yang performs movements on screen. Not, the descriptions are not regarding the movements Dr. Yang is performing, but the general goals of the procedures. The narrator then lists a couple important points about practice.

We are now about seven minutes into the DVD and we get to the Stretching section. First, the goals of stretching are shared. Dr. Yang performs a series of stretches while music plays. This goes right into the warming up section that follows the same format. The narrator shares the goals as Dr. Yang performs the movements for various parts of the body.

Around the 29 minute mark, Dr. Yang shows the Wai Dan Standing Still Meditation. Then at 32 minutes we see the moving taiji qigong. First, there are three sets of Stationary Taiji Qigong: Primary, Coiling, and Rocking Sets. The movements of the sets are taught, and then illustrated continuously. At the 92 minute mark, Walking Taiji Qigong is discussed and demonstrated. The picture is clear, Dr. Yang moves gracefully as always, and the narrator's voice is easy to understand, as are the subtitles. The DVD also contains the standard YMAA extras.

Over all, I would highly recommend this DVD and the companion book to anyone interested in learning more about Taiji Qigong. I think these two resources would help the Taiji practitioner with understanding and training. So, why only 4 stars? Because I much prefer the DVDs where Dr. Yang actually teaches to the camera. Those DVDs are like you are there learning from him. This DVD just shows him going through the motions as you listen to the narrator. Also, to get the maximum benefit from this DVD, you must use it in conjunction with the book of the same title. I'm glad to have this DVD in my library, and I'll practice some of the movements from it. However, it is not my favorite Qigong resource by Dr. Yang. Add it to your library, but be sure to get his other DVDs to deepen your understanding too.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of the Lock On Joint Locking Essentials series.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Taiji Qigong student 31 Mar. 2010
By L. Einbinder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you previously read my reviews regarding Taiji or Qigong, you know that I am a fan of Dr. Yang. Once again Dr. Yang provides us with a very interesting and informative DVD regarding these martial arts. This complements his book of the same title and demonstrates the movements in an easy to follow manner. More than that, he explains the purpose, the training and the importance of proper technique and forms.

Dr. Yang does indeed explain the "Essence" of these art forms which helps the student understand the fundementals and reasons behind the movements and lifestyle. He explains how these movements help regulate the body both internally and externally. Breathing techniques, regulation of body and mind and the history of the art form are fully and interestingly expounded upon.

While the title may be interpreted as being for beginners, advanced and intermediate students will also learn a great deal from this DVD. It is an excellent discourse of the basics of Taiji Qigong and anyone with a interest will be rewarded and receive a better education regarding this beautiful style of martial art. Personally, I fully enjoyed learning the reasons why I train, meditate and try to live according to the principles which Dr. Yang explains in his usual interesting style.

This DVD is another "must" for the serious student.
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