> Issue 35
The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan

Issue 35 – 1/2009

Opening the heart to oneself
Qigong is more than a health exercise
By Karin Krudup

Thanks to the interest shown by health insurers, Qigong has become known chiefly for its health-promoting properties. Nonetheless, this should not lead to its other aspects becoming forgotten. For Karin Krudup acceptive self-contemplation is also an important dimension, through which Qigong becomes an exercise in mindfulness as well. As such, and in line with the insights created by brain research, it has a significant effect not only on internal physical regulatory processes, but also on emotional and social abilities. She advocates giving attention to this area in training programmes as well, and promoting conscious self-reflection.

 

More fuel for the cells
On breathing in Taijiquan
By William C. C. Chen

There are various viewpoints when it comes to the correct method of breathing in Taijiquan. William C. C. Chen, one of the best-known Taiji teachers in the West, practices his form in combination with natural abdominal breathing. He describes the importance of even and deep breathing not only for physical processes, but also for the emotional and mental dimensions. Inhaling and exhaling here represent an archetype of the interaction of yin and yang: this influences the entire organism in diverse ways.

 

From cosmology to humankind
The five transformational phases
By Ursula Rimbach

In all ages and regions, people have searched for ways to explain and order the phenomena
of the world around them. In China this led to the concept of yin and yang and, in a more
differentiated form, to the system of the five transformational phases or five elements. The special feature of this system is the dynamic mutual relationships between the elements that allow a profound understanding of the perpetual, and at the same time ever-changing, transformations of all phenomena. Ursula Rimbach provides an introduction to this dynamic system and encourages the reader to use the elements as a mirror to increase self-understanding and to explore one’s own potential.

 

The »small frame« according to Yang Shaohou
By Ulf Angerer

Besides the well-known long form according to Yang Chengfu, Yang style Taijiquan also contains other traditional forms that have been spread much less widely but are still worthy of attention. One of those is attributed to Yang Shaohou, the older brother of Yang Chengfu. In Europe it has become known mostly through the French Taijiquan experts George Saby and Thierry Alibert. Ulf Angerer explains the special features of this Taiji direction in which the characteristics of various animals are expressed and the spiralling movements are strongly emphasized. Clear similarities to Chen style Taijiquan can be recognized here, making it likely that an older version of the Yang style has been transmitted through this form.

 

Exchanging experience among professionals
Reports from the Qigong working groups

Last year the profession-related Qigong working groups convened prior to the 8th German Qigong Days in Kassel in October. These working groups promote an exchange of experience and cooperation in various fields of application of Qigong; they are style-independent and new interested persons are always welcome. The meetings take place at least once every two years in the framework of the German Qigong Days, and in some cases more frequently.

 

Wo – The repressed self
By Wang Ning

Forgetting the self is seen as an important goal in Daoism, in Buddhism and in Confucianism – and indeed, the self or ego does not have an established position in the Chinese view of life anyway. The character has an intrinsically negative connotation and its usage is associated with exclusion and condescension. At the same time, however, there is a growing wish in society to do »what I would like«.