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Product Description

Two unique practices with something for everyone - whether you're a beginner or have practiced Qi Gong for years

Qi Gong (CHEE-gong) is an ancient Chinese health system that promotes mental and physical balance and a feeling of calm vitality. Millions of people have discovered the amazing benefits of these simple standing exercises, breathing, and slow repetitive natural movements.

Filmed amid the beauty of California's Alabama hills, developed and taught by Chinese martial arts and Qi Gong expert Matthew Cohen, these two 40-minute programs cultivate calm, balanced energy and vitality, detoxify the body, and offer the practitioner a sense of inner peace.

Fire heats and strengthens the body, activates and expands the senses, relieves depression, stimulates the immune system, and detoxifies the body.

Water cools the body and calms the nervous system, develops grace and greater range of motion, promotes deep relaxation and releases tension, stress, anxiety, and fear.

Includes bonus martial arts demonstrations and yoga mudras for health.

Review

"[Matthew Cohen] has created a superb DVD" -- Journal of Asian Martial Arts

Cohen's soft voice can prove soothing and advance the process of relaxation. -- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 12, 2007

If you're seeking a tension-reducing practice to work your body without requiring you to perform complicated physical feats, this is it. -- Body + Soul Magazine, December 2007

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Product Details

  • Actors: Matthew Cohen
  • Directors: James Wvinner
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acacia
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PUB2AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Nice sequencing of exercises.
J. Campbell
Matthew's teaching is detailed and poetic, and the scenery is almost as healing as the practice!
Eureka Girl
It is easy to follow and I could feel the chi flowing again.
George Venner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Eureka Girl on November 6, 2007
QiGong sounds so wierd (it's pronounced CHEE-GUNG), but here in my little spa town, it's more popular than yoga. I love it because I don't have to change into workout clothes or lie down on the floor, but the effects are immediate -- something about the breathing and the movement together are instantly revitalizing. And it's much easier to learn than Tai Chi!

This program is my favorite because of the two practices: one hot and one cool. The FIRE program is great when I'm feeling sad or low on energy, or like I might be getting a cold. The WATER program is great for calming down if I'm angry or stressed, or if I can't sleep. Matthew's teaching is detailed and poetic, and the scenery is almost as healing as the practice!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Grace Mendez on March 6, 2008
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Powerful and gentle are my two thoughts on this DVD. When I don't have the energy to drive to the gym for a workout or even use one of my yoga DVDs at home this is my first choice as an alternative.

It's a quiet practice, working with energy flow and intention. It's not about weights or how flexible you are - or are not. Perhaps if you have never been introduced to this type of practice it may be strange to hear about chi and meridians but if you have an open mind you can simply trust that it is working.

A little thing that I like is that when instruction is given to place your left foot forward, he places his right foot forward so that you are in a mirror image of him. This makes it easier to follow along without having to think too much.

Also, what I like is the option to do the practice with verbal instruction or with just the music once you feel comfortable enough to work without the verbal cues.

My only criticism is that I wish there was a way to pick and choose which exercises you will be doing before you start like in the yoga DVD "Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond."

This DVD focuses on balance and grace while building strength. It's an invitation to slow down and breathe using subtle and flowing movements. I always feel relaxed when I have finished, especially after the water segments.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mike Scott on January 27, 2008
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This is the second Qi Gong DVD we're purchased and it is very comprehensive. I almost didn't pirchase it because the picture of Matthew Cohen on the front looks pretty hard core. I'm not a Kung Fu kind of guy. What my wife and I discovered once we started using it was a gentle and very realistic approach to a wonderful exercise form. This is really 2 sessions on one DVD. Both are very good. I recommend this DVD to anyone of any age as an introduction - moderate practice of Qi Gong.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Campbell on July 22, 2008
Wow! One of the best Qi Gong dvds by far. I almost didn't get it because one of the previews shows his demo routine (more complex), not the actual instruction. It's good for beginners, but don't kid yourself, if you keep at it you will increase strength, balance, & flexibility. This is an excellent production, showing front & side views. His instruction & commentary are detailed, clear & easy to follow. Nice sequencing of exercises. Beautiful location. Nice supporting music that's not too intrusive. I highly recommend this dvd!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mike F. on May 19, 2008
I highly recommend this DVD. It consists of two fantastic and powerful practices. As the title suggests, the Fire practice is more vigorous and energizing and the Water more calming and relaxing. Each set begins with rooting/centering, then a bunch of movement exercises, followed by a few static standing postures, and closes with a seated meditation. The Fire practice in particular is incredibly grounding and it's easy to work up a mild sweat even though the moves are performed very slowly. I just have one major criticism which is that a few of the standing postures are not explained very well. The "dragon stance" in particular is a bit complex and the instructors adopt it very quickly with little instruction to guide you into it initially. It's also a very demanding posture and although a strong beginner could do it, it's definitely not for those who are out-of-shape or weak. This is also true of a couple other postures in the Fire section, mainly because the stances are low and wide (called "horse stance"). I don't mean that as a criticism so much as a disclaimer. But if you can manage them, your legs will get a great workout (and you can always start out by holding a higher stance at first). The Water practice is suitable for about anyone though. One of the things I like about the DVD is that the moves are performed very slowly (even for typical Qigong), which makes it easy to follow and very relaxing. Also, as someone else noted, the sequencing of moves is really nice and makes a lot of sense. Production-wise, the DVD is top-notch, the setting stunning, and the voice-over instruction by Cohen clear and helpful. And the music is quite good (a tribal/new age/eastern-sounding mix) though I wish there was an option to turn it off because I find it distracting at times (you can turn off the narration though). All in all, this is some of the most effective and enjoyable Qigong I've learned so far. I use these practices almost every day right now.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By George Venner on April 19, 2009
I have been im martial arts for about 10 years with a blackbelt in Northern Shaolin Kung-fu. I have been out of practicing for about 5-10 years also and needed something to get back into. Well I got this dvd at barnes and nobles for 10.00. I must say I had done meditation and tai chi before but had lost it over time. I Just finished the fire routine and boy did I sweat and the horse stance will take a while for my legs to get used to again. It is easy to follow and I could feel the chi flowing again. Good video for starters and vets alike. Thumbs up.
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