Using this method, I eliminated frequent neck and back pain.
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Philosophical ideas provide a set of ideals. When I first learned the practices of Zhan Zhuang, my progress was slow. Slowly, I had direct experiences of chi. As my body opened, I began feeling sensations of internal movement. There have also been many demonstrations by chi-cultivation practitioners that defy modern science.
All of which provide necessary information and feedback about ourselves and the world we inhabit. Much of the anxiety, stress, restlessness , and depression that plague us today are caused by being disconnected from our bodies.
Humans no longer have instincts in the animal sense, powerful, unmistakable inner voices which tell them unequivocally what to do, when, where, how and with whom. Deciding only with our thoughts—without consciously connecting with our instincts, feelings, and intuitions—has dire consequences for both individuals and our species. But borrowing methods like Zhan Zhuang we have the opportunity to reforge our mind with our body. They reconnected with their instincts by observing nature.
These inner alchemists learned how to cultivate the natural energy inborn in all biological systems. Although there are thousands of forms of Qigong, most of them use a derivative of Zhan Zhuang as a foundational practice. As the name implies, Zhan Zhuang is a standing practice where one stands still, in an upright posture, as if standing like a tree. It offers many of the mental benefits of mindfulness training. In Chinese medicine, there are eight vessels, twelve primary chi channels, and thousands of secondary channels branching out from the primary ones. Yu Yong Nian. I spent over 15 years slouched over a book or keyboard before I started this practice when I was about After about six months of practice, almost all of this pain disappeared.
By learning to bring some of your awareness to this region, you begin integrating your body with your mind. This helps you reconnect with your instincts and your gut feelings, leading to clearer thinking to make effective decisions. It took me many months. As the practice progressed, I could isolate tension in different regions of my body and release them. This process continues still, years later.
You stand still. Our cylinder is upright. This upright posture frees our forelimbs for grasping and manipulating nature. Zhan Zhuang practice makes systematic improvements in our ability to maintain proper equilibrium. With improper alignment, the muscles in our body are in a constant juggling act in an attempt to maintain equilibrium. Although you may feel like it takes work to achieve the correct posture, you want to use minimal effort when maintaining this posture. When I first learned how to practice Zhan Zhuang from my teacher, I was overwhelmed by the number of details of alignment that I needed to keep in mind.
Grasp the ground with your feet while keeping them elastic with the tip of the toes slightly extended. This will straighten the spine in your lower back. It ranges from a feeling of calmness and peacefulness to a sense of well being. Throughout history, remarkable claims have also been made as a result of qigong practice. The journey towards self-enlightenment can include descriptions of out of body experiences and miraculous powers for both the Buddhist   and the Taoist.
For some individuals, qigong training is seen as providing a curative function after extensive training. For martial artists, qigong training is credited as the basis for developing extraordinary powers such as the ability to withstand blows and the ability to break hard objects. In the early s, the Chinese scientific community attempted to verify the principles of qi through external measurements.
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Initially, they reported great success suggesting that qi can be measured as a form of electrical magnetic radiation. Other reports indicates that qi can induce external effects such as changing the properties of a liquid, clairvoyance, and telekinesis. Those reports created great excitement within the paranormal and para-psychological research communities.
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As a result of those controversies, the emphasis on qigong research within Mainland Chinas has changed from externally verifying the existence of qi to focus on effects on health and as a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine without any reference to other aspects of traditional qigong practice. In contrast, Western society has accepted the spiritual elements of qigong practice and pays homage to its rich past. Similar to the subject of efficacy of Traditional Chinese medicine, the chasm between the Eastern tradition of qi and the Western scientific viewpoints are not insurmountable if the analysis is limited to the effect on qigong practice on biological processes without demanding a material interpretation of qi.
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