|> Issue 58||
|The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan|
Distraction or relaxation?
Opinions vary as to whether a musical accompaniment is useful for Qigong and Taijiquan teaching. For Divyam de Martin-Sommerfeldt the positive, relaxation-promoting aspects outweigh the disadvantages. He examines the issue from various perspectives and also describes which aspects should be considered when choosing music. Moreover he reminds us that GEMA/AKM/SUISA royalties may sometimes be payable on the music used.
Scientific research in Qigong
While many people in Europe have already experienced the beneficial effects of Qigong for themselves, scientific research here is still relatively limited in comparison to other fields. However, some interesting results have already been obtained with regard to fibromyalgia, stress reduction and accompanying support for cancer ailments. A positive effect on cell biology has also been observed. Adrian Schmieder presents an overview of the studies carried out to date and of the conditions that need to be met if research work is to receive general recognition in the scientific community.
Guanyuan – getting to the point
One point of connection to the lower dantian, besides the Qihai and Shenque points, is also the Guanyuan point. This has a particularly strong effect on the Yin. Drawing on his own experience as a Heilpraktiker (healing practitioner) and Qigong teacher, Markus Ruppert describes the special qualities of this point and the possibilities that arise from a focused awareness of the Guanyuan. Due to its positon on the lower abdomen, this point can be activated with each rising and sinking movement and in doing so express its Yin-strengthening effect.
»Opening oneself for whatever comes«
Hans-Peter Sibler is one of the pioneers of Taijiquan in Switzerland. In this interview with Piet Haeuser he talks about his encounter with Katya Delakova, and about learning from Chungliang Al Huang and from Patrick Kelly. He has been a guest teacher in a training group led by Piet Haeuser and, as part of the Chen style training programme, taught the Loosening Exercises of Huang Xiangxian and pushing hands. Here it became clear that work on the Taiji principles has to progress slowly because the process of in-depth development, together with its implementation in pushing hands, needs time. For Hans-Peter Sibler, “investing in loss” means continually opening oneself for whatever comes and expressing one’s own standpoint.
The Daodejing in Taijiquan
The Daodejing is one of the world’s most famous books of wisdom, and even today it continues to inspire countless people. For Jan Silberstorff, a closer study of the work also provides concrete instructions for training Taijiquan. For instance, in an etymological examination of the lines about the origin of all existence he sees a description of the absolute beginning of a movement, when it has not yet manifested itself but is already certain to happen – the ideal moment to counter an attack in a self-defence situation. The ability to do this can be developed, in part, through form training – by perceiving in an ever more refined manner the transitions from nothingness to the irrevocable beginning of manifested being. One closely related aspect here is the continual flow of the movement that arises from the simultaneity of Wuji and Taiji and leads to an ever deeper harmonisation of Yin and Yang.