|The children’s Qigong tree
The slightly different ‘health day’ at a primary school
By Sabine Schreiner
Despite promising experiences at some schools, Qigong is still a rarity in day-to-day school life. Sabine Schreiner recounts how the open-mindedness of teachers and her own efforts made it possible to introduce all the pupils of a primary school to Qigong and to establish it as a supporting resource for learning and as a leisure activity.
Is the quality of a ‘martial art’ measurable?
By Helmut Jäger
For years now, efforts have been made to define quality standards for Taijiquan training programmes, prompted mainly by the struggle to gain recognition from health insurers but also with the aim of achieving a general minimum level for offered courses. And studies are being conducted – so far mostly in China and the USA – to show the effectiveness of Taijiquan for health. Helmut Jäger highlights the complexity of Taijiquan as a martial art and the difficulty of defining quality standards when teachers and practitioners emphasise very diverse aspects.
Oh, why is it so difficult?
On the difficulty of lasting change in the practice of Taijiquan
By Christine Schneider
Serious progress in the practice of Taiji often requires far-reaching changes that can involve various levels. Christine Schneider investigates the question of why such changes are so hard to achieve and explains, on the basis of the teachings of Patrick Kelly, that a deeper level of consciousness is required for essential changes.
Life-care through the seasons
Part 2: Winter
By Zheng Buyin
A holistic view of humankind is an essential precondition for lasting healing and for maintaining health. In the context of Chinese healing arts and related life-care, this holistic approach is reflected for instance in a harmonisation of the emotions, in balanced and appropriate nutrition, in good habits in life and in Qigong exercises and in acupressure. Zheng Buyin gives advice on how we can use an appropriate lifestyle as well as Qigong and acupressure to prepare ourselves for the energy of winter, for the time of quiet and withdrawal.
Emperor, chancellor and minister
– the organ network of the body landscape and its functions with respect to Qigong and Taijiquan
Part 6: Liver and pericardium
By Joachim Stuhlmacher
To conclude this series on the organ networks based on sources from the Han Period, Joachim Stuhlmacher now focuses on the liver and the pericardium. The liver has an essential influence on our blood, both on its formation and on its circulation through the body, and it is supported in this function by the practice of Qigong and Taijiquan. It is the seat of Hun, the part of the soul that regulates our emotional memories. The task of the pericardium is to protect the heart from ›overheating‹, by preparing the cultivation of the heart through openness and permeability, by »being in love«.