The Rebel's Guide to Cultivating Vitality: Who Says Illumination Can't Be Achieved in One Lifetime?

Written by Edward Orem

Many Taoists recluses and Buddhists monks dwelled in mountains and forests to observe, listen, and meditate in order to gather deeper understanding and greater knowledge of nature than is possible when living inrepparttar milieu of human society.

Often in search of extraordinary longevity and treasures of life, these extraordinary men (and a few women) moved from observation of nature to experimentation and development ofrepparttar 138849 body. The goal of longevity necessitated thatrepparttar 138850 body be prepared by a lifetime of practices. Thus preparation of a strong, healthy body led torepparttar 138851 development of these breathing exercises. For thousands of years men have practiced and developed these breath control techniques to improve health, correct problems and heal illnesses of various parts ofrepparttar 138852 vital organs. You can experiencerepparttar 138853 benefits for yourself.

The breathing exercises are grouped into three areas, performing unique (yet integrated) functions. The first concern is immediate triage forrepparttar 138854 sufferer, with focus on illness prevention, and elimination of sickness. The second level aims at rejuvenation and methods for prolonging a healthful life. The upper level exercises help calmrepparttar 138855 mind, harmonizerepparttar 138856 will, cultivate spirit. Each movement is in rhythm with deep breathing technique. Full concentration and daily practice are required.

The quality of vitality isrepparttar 138857 foundation of human health & longevity,repparttar 138858 basis of immunity and resistance. As vitality depends on nutrition, breath energy, and nourishment of spirit, we able to significantly affect how much vitality we have.

We’re going to addressrepparttar 138859 work of cultivating vitality directly onrepparttar 138860 level of energy. The most efficient method of generating vitality is through breath work/chi kung.

Chi indicates relationship between different aspects of animate-inanimate-spiritual life. Healing with chi isrepparttar 138861 study and application of this relationship.

Chi kung helps us to see how fundamental forces ofrepparttar 138862 cosmos mirror within ourselves. It enables us to live consciously in direct relationship to cosmic forces. It enables us to extract everything we can fromrepparttar 138863 human experience.

T'ai-Chi for the Masses--and Others...

Written by Edward Orem

Kuang Ping wasrepparttar T'ai-chi set favored by Yang Lu-Chan,repparttar 138848 man who brought forwardrepparttar 138849 "Yang" style inrepparttar 138850 mid-1800's, now so popular throughoutrepparttar 138851 world. Kuang Ping is whatrepparttar 138852 man trained with himself. The popular "Yang" set was/is something forrepparttar 138853 masses--not forrepparttar 138854 aficinado,repparttar 138855 athlete,repparttar 138856 martial artist.

I learned Kuang Ping from Kuo Lien Ying, third generation student of Yang Lu Chan. I was already an accomplished runner and martial artist when I started training (1970), so it was difficult to please me inrepparttar 138857 arena of athletics--but 75 yr-old Kuo was definitely impressive! Eventually I studied five T'ai-chi sets, but his was/is definitelyrepparttar 138858 most dynamic and challenging.

I teach two sets currently: a short Yang style (for beginners andrepparttar 138859 unfit) and Kuang Ping. They are both available on tape.

T’AI-CHI CH’UAN: A Few Words

This soft or "internal" art is, in all aspects, a psycho-physical exercise, a boxing system, and a meditation method. Most ofrepparttar 138860 tens of millions of practitioners are into it for health and meditation, so they move very slowly duringrepparttar 138861 training. But what most people don’t realize is that sincerepparttar 138862 art is founded on usingrepparttar 138863 principles of change, you can—and should—moverepparttar 138864 body and mind according torepparttar 138865 need ofrepparttar 138866 moment.

This wondrous exercise can be used by anyone, male and female, old and young. A five year-old child and a person of 90 years or more are both able to practice T’ai-chi Ch’uan. The complete form can be learned within three months; pretty good acquaintance can be obtained with a year’s practice; and a student training perseveringly for about five years can have significant integration of mind and body, intuition and knowledge. There are delicate details of T’ai-chi, keys to its marvels which are understood only with faithful practice. Traditionally, a person is required to train seven years before qualifying as a teacher.

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