Seven Star Pile Standing

NOTE: The following article is based on teachings at a recent Push-hands Seminar conducted by Zhang Yun in Philadelphia. It was edited by Dr. Susan Darley, a student of Zhang Yun for the past five years. Pile Standing Zhan Zhuang – Pile standing is the most common training method in traditional Chinese martial arts. Almost Read More

Five Energies Meditation

Every day you should spend from twenty minutes to two hours harmonizing and adjusting your internal energy. If you can balance your emotions, you will have no anger or sadness and will not be easily excited. In doing this Five Energies meditation, it does not matter what position you sit in, but it is important Read More

Buddha Palm Chi Kung Set

Resting Posture Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, toes and heels in line pointing straight forward. Bend the knees slightly so that you can’t see your shoe laces, but you can still see your toes. Knees should be centered vertically over the feet, not collapsing in toward each other. Have a slight crease Read More

Grounding Exercise

Stand in relaxed position with the feet placed directly under your hips, knees slightly bent, ankles relaxed and the armpits open. Press the tip of the tongue against the soft palate of the mouth. This connects the energy circuit of the governing (back) channel with the energy circuit of the functional (front) channel. Breathe by Read More

Self-Hypnosis

First say a small prayer to direct the effects towards your Soul. Take 3 deep breaths, then say mentally “Go to sleep ‘name’” (Use your own name). “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better”. (Repeat 3 times). Count down to 7 to go deeper. Then silently “I’m going to make ‘name’ passive, Read More

5 Clouds

Based on the exercise from Master Ni Hua Ching: 1. Centre the Mind in the cloud of golden light in the solar plexus. Each out breath, intensify and expand the light taking the Mind deeper until the body and breath are lost in the light. 2. Allow the cloud to drift up to cover the Read More

Daily Energy Cultivation

8 Paths – by Master Chao Pi Chen: Basic body energy is based in the perineum between the legs, rising during refinement to the abdomen (Lower Dantien). This energy circulates in a network of 8 special channels. Follow the paths with the Mind visualising a stream of golden light, while listening to the resulting body Read More

Classic Leg & Arm Meridian Massage

Legs Upward 1. Place the palms of your hands on the inside of your legs at the ankles. 2. Slowly bring your palms up your legs, through the inside of your knees, up your thighs and into your genitals. Legs Downward 1. Place the palms of your hands on the outside of your thighs. 2. Read More

The way to relax your shoulders

With your feet shoulder width apart, slowly raise your arms as if lifting a ball. Breathe in with the upward movement. Turn your arms outwards and gently lower them back to the start, breathing out. Don’t hunch your shoulders or stiffen your arms. Make at least 30 complete circles with your arms. Reference: The Way Read More

The All-Round Standing Pole Exercise

Stand with feet apart at shoulder width, toes point forward or slightly outward. Bend the knees and sit down slightly, weight centered firmly on the soles of the feet. Keep the head and spine erect from tip to tail, chest empty (i.e. relaxed and slightly concave, never stuck out) and stomach full and relaxed, not Read More

The Mighty Warrior Exercise

(Ichuan, Dachengquan, Yiquan, exercise, qiqong, chikung, breathing, energy) The Mighty Warrior Exercise Stand with the feet about double shoulder-width apart and toes pointing ahead. Bend the knees while lowering the body to stand in a horse-riding posture. Raise the arms sideways to form each an angle of about 60 degrees with the torso, the palms Read More