TQJ 3/2022, issue 89
August – October 2022

Taijiquan and mindfulness
By Dominic Schafflinger
In Taijiquan we direct our mindfulness chiefly towards our body, in this way developing an increasingly fine perception for inner processes and connections. In addition to this, mindfulness training includes feelings and thoughts that are active in us at that moment. The process of Mindful Self Compassion involves not only mindfulness but also compassion for others and kindness towards oneself. Dominic Schafflinger sees the integration of these aspects in Taijiquan teaching as an opportunity to discover oneself and to express oneself even more completely in the practice of Taijiquan. A non-judgemental mindset, patience, beginner’s mind, trust and refraining from forcing things: all these belong to an attitude that lets us accept our inner demons, too.

Practicing with the whole heart
The significance of Yi in Qigong
By Fu Dechao
Yi – often translated as imagination – is one of the key terms in Qigong and Taijiquan for which there is no simple equivalent in German or English. Using images and examples, Fu Dechao explains the possible meanings of Yi in various contexts. In terms of our arts it is closely connected to Qi and it supports flow in the body. It is important here to pay attention to the quality of the Yi and to practice with positive imaginative images. At the same time one’s concentration should not grow too strong either; a natural state in harmony with the Dao is desirable.

Spiral Qigong
On the track of natural movement
By Frank Ranz
The spiral is an elemental form in the universe and naturally occurs at many levels in the human body. Spiral movements can dissolve blockages and improve the circulation of Qi and blood. Frank Ranz explains the effect of spiral movements on the basis of a series of exercises developed by Dr Yang Jwing Ming; these are particularly suitable for letting one experience the effects of spiral movements. One of these effects is to increase one’s sense of the natural alternation of tension and relaxation, and also of connection throughout the body.

Sensitive, relaxed, skilful – calligraphy and Taiji footwork
By Michael A. DeMarco/Yang Mingbin
Similar principles apply both in the art of calligraphy and in Taijiquan, and hence parallels can also be seen in the movements of each art. Michael DeMarco presents two fictional texts by Yang Mingbin, a court painter and martial artist of the 18th century, who sets out his thoughts on the similarities between martial arts and calligraphy. The skill and agility, mental calm and energy expressed in martial arts movements are also expressed through the brush in calligraphy.

La Qi
A Qigong method for maintaining physical and mental health
By Zheng Buyin and Simone Fella
La Qi is a method that, in a simple manner, gives quick access to the perception and use of Qi. This exercise, which will be known to many in one form or another, is presented in detail by Zheng Buyin and Simone Fella who describe both the movement sequence and the accompanying mental images. Regular practice connects inner and outer Qi, thus strengthening the functions of the body and activating self-healing powers.