"If Shaolin Qigong were in pill form then everyone would take it because the results are a long, healthy, happy, life."
Shifu Yan Lei is a 34th generation fighting master from the Shaolin Temple in China. Shifu Yan Lei began his martial life at the age of fourteen when he went to study at the Shaolin Temple Monastery. He is now based in the West and is the founder of Yan Press and Productions, which produce a graded system of Shaolin Qigong and Shaolin Kung Fu instructional DVDs and books. More than ten DVDs now exist, selling in the thousands worldwide.
He has developed The Shaolin Instant Health Program which includes the original Eight Treasures Qigong Exercises (sometimes called Eight Brocade or Ba Duan Ji) which was taught at the Shaolin Temple. His program includes Shaolin stretching, stances, Qigong, and self-massage using an Instant Health bamboo massage brush.
Shifu Yan Lei believes that the Shaolin arts are not just for martial artists but for everyone who wants to live a long and healthy life. He says that the key to a healthy life is not only through good diet and exercise but also through a regular Qigong program. "At the Shaolin Temple we believe it is best to prevent disease rather than curing it when it occurs. Qigong enables us to do this," he says in his book Instant Health: The Qigong Workout For Longevity. Just as he uses his Qi to protect himself from the blows of a brick, he says that we can use our Qi to protect our body against the stress and strain of modern living.