Five Animal Sports Qigong (YMAA chi kung) DVD
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However, on the down side, this particular version of Hua Tuo's exercise is not for the absolute beginner. It is one of the most physical versions of this Qi Gong. Without some background in some form of martial art, or at least Tai Ji Quan, I think it might be difficult for a beginner to grasp the physical movements without a lot of effort. This style is very martial in character.
The other major drawback with this version of the 5 Animal Play is that it does require a fair amount of space in order to perform it. So plan on doing one repetition of each move each way in your small kitchen or living room. Luckily this disc came out in the spring so that you can learn the whole form outside, then alter it for the winter months to make it more do-able indoors if you have a small living space like I do.
To sum things up, I couldn't recommend this disc enough! Dr. Yang's teaching style is very warm and personal. After just one viewing you will know so much about Qi Gong and Chinese medicine that you'll be the center of attention at your next party! Just be sure to dress as your favorite animal....the monkey maybe?
One of the important aspects of doing Qigong, Taijiquan and many other internal martial arts is intent. Without intent the moves become empty in meaning and lack focus, balance, rooting and power. These Qigong routines display the characteristics and spirit of the five animals, which brings life to these routines.
The DVD starts with a lecture by Master Yang on the history of the Five Animal Sports Qigong set. This is followed by discussions of the healing sounds, and their relationship to the Five Elements.
The five animals have their own sound in these routines and are linked to the five yin organs, the liver, kidney, spleen, heart and lungs. Emotions and their link and effect on the organs is explained.
These sounds are not some imaginary creation. Master Yang provides concrete examples of how we use these sounds in everyday life. The panting a runner does after a long run is similar to the sound He, which is related to the heart and to the monkey. The He sound is used to release the fire of the heart.
Master Yang has always had a wonderful ability to relate the movements and postures he is teaching to real life actions that people do on a daily basis. This allows the student to immediately grasp the concepts by relating things they are already familiar with to the new routines and skills.Read more ›
Starting with a stretching and warming up sequence, Dr. Yang personally explains and demonstrates each sequence with step by step instruction. Both front and helpful side views of each movement are presented to help learners. During the demonstrations, Dr. Yang indicates which internal organs are being stimulated and the associated healing sound (breath sound) for maximum health benefit. Each sequence is further demonstrated by a group of Dr. Yang's students, sequence by sequence, and as a complete form at the end of the DVD.
The intellectually inclined will not be disappointed with Dr. Yang's program. Included are sections on the history of the Five Animal Sports, an explanation of the Five Healing Sounds and a short lecture on the Five Elements theory by Kathy Yang. Included with the DVD is a helpful insert with a chart and diagram summarizing Five Elements theory.
I should mention here that the Five Animal Sports is fairly long (5 animals = 25 sequences), and does require space to perform. Anyone practicing in a small area will have to limit repetitions and improvise. Also - The Five Animal Sports DVD skill level is rated at level "I" and "II" and some of the postures may initially be difficult for beginners, although Dr. Yang does a very good job at demonstrating the movements for learners.
With that said - anyone seriously interested in learning and practicing an ancient qigong set to increase strength, improve heath and promote longevity will greatly benefit from, and enjoy "Five Animal Sports Qigong". Personally, I am very pleased with this program and I highly recommend it. Have fun!
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Dr. Yang presents a wonderful Qigong. The way he repeats the movements. Than his a group perform the movement makes it very easy to learn. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rodge1
Excellent instruction but a little more demanding than the Eight Pieces of Brocade DVD put out by the same man (Yang Jwing Ming). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeri Massi
It's clear, and most of the exercises aren't super-demanding physically. As other have noted, a few are pretty difficult. Also, some seem a bit goofy, but that's OK with me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Diogenes
I would recommend this DVD to anyone. I have gotten many hours of use and education from this DVD. Highly recommended.Published on May 13, 2014 by Douglas Berry
it met my expectations completely. Very good teaching of the 5 animals, though my master Xu Li practices the animals a little differently.Published on February 20, 2014 by Constanze Baier
After watching only parts of this dvd, I thought I should receive some college credits!! At first, I hesitated to get it because of the price. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Bob
This is a great reference video and re-enforces what my instructor teaches. If you're looking for confirmation in your Yang Style training, this is it!!Published on December 15, 2013 by Douglas P. Slaton