|> Issue 37||
|The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan|
Retaining the wholeness
In order to counter the generally noticeable trend of regarding Qigong as part of Chinese
Letting go of the ego
In Germany Wee Kee Jin is one of the best known teachers from the tradition of Zheng
The harmony of antagonistic forces
Continuing on from his article on the transformational phase »Fire« in our previous issue, Joachim Stuhlmacher now turns his attention to the transformational phase »Metal« and its energetic effects on man. The focus here is on the exchange with the cosmos both through the breath/lungs and through expulsion through the large intestine.
Developing essential strength
The inner strength known as Jin forms a central aspect in Taijiquan, and this regularly raises the question of how this strength can be developed. Frieder Anders describes the biomechanical prerequisites which, in his view, enable Jin to develop in movements. Essential aspects here are the upright posture and the correct shifting of the body weight through one leg, which generates the ground reaction force as an antagonistic force to gravity.
The Qigong phenomenon
Although Qigong is based on tradition thousands of years old, it first emerged in its current form and great popularity in the second half of the last century. Since the 1960s and above all from the 1980s onwards, various forms of Qigong have spread within the People’s Republic of China in a totally new manner. David Weis describes the conditions enabling this movement and how these relate to the political framework conditions at various times, which folowing the Cultural Revolution initially promoted the spread of Qigong and from the late 1990s
Food, glorious food
Food occupies a primary position in Chinese culture. The characters for the mouth, for food and for eating permeate a great deal of the language and of life in general. Eating well and generously is seen as the epitome of prosperity.