Following the Yin
Lotus Blossom Qigong as a Qigong path for women
By Petra Hinterthür
Although the majority of Qigong practitioners in Germany are women, most transmissions originate from men. And thus sometimes a specific perspective on the practice of, and approach to, the art is passed on: one which does not necessarily meet the needs of women. Based on her many years of experience as a Qigong teacher, Petra Hinterthür has developed Lotus Blossom Qigong as a specifically female practice path. The focus here is less on new forms and more on a yin-emphasising method of practice and an encouragement for women to travel their own Qigong path in contact with their hearts and their inner wisdom.
Taiji: Fascination and Motivation
– Results of an online survey
By Peter Kuhn, Timo Ebner, Theresa Mildner, Sebastian Münzel, Donata Potthoff and Hannes-Jakob Wackerbarth
In 2014 a team of researchers from the German Commission for Martial Arts and Combat Sports carried out an online survey intended to find out what fascinates Taijiquan practi-tioners so much about their art, and what motivates them to keep practising. Peter Kuhn, the leader of the project, presents the study and its results, which reveal a broad spectrum of answers for both issues. Points of criticism expressed by the participants are also addressed here.
Moved by the Dao
The significance of the Daodejing for the practice of Qigong
By Ansgar Gerstner
The old Daoist and Buddhist traditions that have led to modern Qigong were based on a holistic approach that was intended to help explore and dissolve entanglements. Insight, self-exploration and personal development thus played an important role. Taking this as his point of departure, Ansgar Gerstner discusses concepts such as the exemplary Shengren, (“person in harmony”), stillness and emptiness, Wuwei, and solicitude, all of which play an important role in the Daodejing and have a major influence on our methods of practice. Ultimately the aim is to live in harmony with one’s surroundings and to understand oneself as part of the unity.
Forty years of experience with Chinese teaching
Interview with Jian Guiyan
Ms Jian Guiyan has been teaching Taijiquan in German-speaking regions for many years and is also highly respected in China for her teaching skills. In an interview with Kim Lühmann and Klemens Speer she talks about her personal and specialist backgrounds that allowed her to become such a well-known teacher, about the fan forms she has developed and about teaching in China and Germany.
Emperor, chancellor and minister
– the organ network of the body landscape and its functions with respect to Qigong and Taijiquan
Part 5: Gall bladder and kidney
By Joachim Stuhlmacher
In his series on the organ networks according to Han-period sources, Joachim Stuhlmacher now turns to the organ networks of the kidney and gall bladder. The kidneys, as the storehouse of hereditary Yuanqi, stand in close relationship to everything passed on from our ancestors, and are essential to the health of our bones. Correct and intensive training of the legs strengthens our base and the function of the kidneys. The gall bladder represents the courage to realise our inherent potential in life.