Monday, October 27, 2008

Prevent Cancer

We all have cancer cells in our body. When our inner environment is healthy, cancer cells cannot develop. However, if our inner environment is not healthy, the cancer cells may grow wild. Out of many right things we should do, we need to remember two key words: alkaline and oxygen. In today’s blog, we talk about oxygen.

Dr. Otto Warburg won Nobel Prize in 1931 for proving cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen respiration in cells. He said “the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements”.

While low level of oxygen in cells may be caused by different reasons, we can always find a simple solution to address them all—Tai Chi and QiGong.

It is my personal experience in practicing Tai Chi and QiGong that the level of energy and health improvement is beyond anything else I did. Because this practice can effectively provide cells with basic needs—oxygen.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Push Hands

Push Hands in Chinese is 推手(tui shou). It is an important practice in learning Tai Chi. Some call it the gateway to understand the martial aspects of Tai Chi, or the application of Tai Chi.

Like the movements of Tai Chi Chuan, Push Hands is also a kind of template or drills to facilitate the practitioners in daily exercise. Over the years, people summarized different kinds of techniques into a set of routine drills. Each drill can be used individually for two people to practice together.

During push hands practice, two people keep their hands touched and feel about each other's power and intention; and use different techniques to neutralize the opposite power. It looks like combating in a peaceful way.

Nan will soon start teaching push hands at Langley Park Community Center. Please contact the Center directly for class details.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tai Chi QiGong

Qi in Chinese is 气 (chi). The basic meaning of Qi is air. The extended meaning of Qi in practicing QiGong (breathing exercise) is energy or life force.

The ancient people believed that we all have original Qi stored at DanTian area (lower abdomen) at birth. When we grow up to 25 or so, the natural Qi comes to it’s peak and starts to decline. By practicing QiGong we are able to halt or slowdown this aging process.

There are thousands of QiGong styles in China. Not all are safe to practice. Most need close guidance when practicing. Tai Chi QiGong is one of the few styles that are safe to practice following the basic instructions.

QiGong practice is an important part of all my Tai Chi classes. Or we can say, without QiGong, Tai Chi is not really Tai Chi. QiGong is the core of this internal exercise.

I suggest practicing QiGong 3 times a day—in the morning, in the evening, and during the day, 20 minutes each time. It’s not a day’s work. It takes years of practice to regain this life energy.

Come to Nan’s classes for personal instructions.