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Understanding Qigong DVD1: Dr. Yang

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This program is part one in a six-DVD series designed to lead a complete beginner to a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of qigong. Search "Understanding Qigong" on Amazon for more.

The Chinese word Qigong (chee - kung) means 'energy cultivation'. Qigong is the ancient art of using the mind to naturally develop the body's Qi (energy) for improved health and longevity. Some Qigong is practiced sitting or standing still, while other Qigong can be a kind of moving meditation.

As millions of people worldwide are turning to Chinese medicine and healing practices such as Qigong and Tai Chi, it is important to understand what Qigong is and how it works. In these two video courses, renowned Qigong expert and author Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming explains the concepts of Qigong and the human energetic circulatory system. Dr. Yang's systematic approach to teaching offers deep insight into the subject of Qigong with modern scientific data to support his theory from both an Eastern and Western perspective.

Drawing on his 35 years of training in Qigong and his Western scientific background in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Yang presents a clear and fascinating explanation of his Qigong theory, and offers a simple Qigong exercise for students to begin experiencing their Qi. This program is a must for Qigong practitioners, acupuncturists, energy healers, and anyone interested in understanding exactly of how and why Qigong works.

If you ve never attended a Qigong seminar with Dr. Yang, here s a home version you won t want to miss!


Dr. Yang merits the highest praise for his efforts to meld Eastern and Western medical understanding. --Dr. T Guttheil, Harvard, U

His depth of knowlege and his superb teaching style make him among the most valuable members of this community. --Pat Rice, A Taste of China

Man of the Year, 2007, Inside Kung Fu magazine. Voted one of the people who has made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years. --Inside Kung Fu magazine

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  • Actors: Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming
  • Directors: David Silver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: YMAA Publication Center
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 264 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HXDM82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Patrick H. Dickson on September 16, 2006
This DVD is comprised of two courses. The two courses are taught as if one is in a classroom setting with Dr. Yang. Subtitles are displayed during the course, with Dr. Yang speaking.

Course 1 -

What is Qigong?

Qigong History

What is Qi?

What is Qigong?

Feeling is a Language

Yin, Yang, Kan and Li

Three Treasures

Five Energies (Qis) Toward Their Origins

Three Powers Posture

Qigong Practice

Partner Practice

Course 2 -

The Human Qi Circulatory System

Understanding Human Essence

How Chinese Define the Organs

12 Primary Qi Channels (Meridians) = Qi Rivers

Qi Cavities

8 Extraordinary or Strange Vessels = Qi Reservoir

3 Dan Tians (Elixir fields) = Energy Centers

The Seven Corresponding Gates

Yin and Yang of the Human body

Course 1

The ten sections of Course 1 are thoroughly covered, and are presented in a very logical and organized manner. I've always been impressed with how Dr. Yang and his director David Silver lay out the material; with content, order and presentation always being top notch.

While covering the history of Qigong, Dr. Yang talks about how Qigong has been a part of Chinese Culture for four thousand years, in contrast to the few number of years that it has been studied in the United States. The irony of this is that as more nations and peoples become aware of Qigong, they become instrumental in helping to fund research to prove or disprove the claims made in regards to Qigong.

The west tends to trust that which can be measured, seen and touched.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Erich A. Ball on February 24, 2008
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My primary study is Taiji - and again, primarily alone. As I am unable to get to any sort of regular classes I rely on high quality books and DVDs to guide me. Books on Taiji and Qigong abound and there are many good Taiji DVDs out there but few really good ones on Qigong.

There are of course many DVDs which show Qigong forms. But there are few which talk about the theory of Qigong, particularly in terms that Westerners can understand.

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming's DVD 1 on Understanding Qigong is such a DVD. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and, as he says on the DVD, all his tertiary studies have been pure science oriented. He has applied that scientific rigour to his very deep understanding of traditional Chinese martial and Qigong arts in order to explain Qigong. He takes the 'feelings' oriented Taiji theory and uses linear Western logic, such as Ohm's law, to make it comprehensible to the layperson.

Having read and studied [intellectually] Qigong for many years, I was aware at the start of the DVD of many of the strands of his arguments, although I had no way to put those strands together. Impressively though, Dr. Yang took those strands and wove a whole cloth, starting from the fundamentals of Chinese Wuji, Taiji and Qigong theory and developing it all the way through to linking it into the physical Taiji form. This first DVD provides a simply excellent introduction to Qigong theory.

I have always been loathe to study Qigong on my own, as there was too much I didn't understand. How, for example, does the Tendon Washing Qigong relate to the Bone Marrow Qigong? What is their purpose? What physical effects do they have on the body? How does Taiji operate to create Yin and Yang from Wuji?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jnanavat on January 6, 2008
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A clear and scholarly presentation of the all different aspects of Qigong. I appreciate the fact that Dr. Yang is both a high level practitioner of this art and also a hard core scientist. Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alain B. Burrese TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2010
"Understanding Qigong Volume 1: What is Qigong? The Human Qi Circulatory System" with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is an information packed program for the serious student of Qigong. This DVD will definitely help you to better understand this Chinese practice. The DVD contains two courses, the first is titled "What is Qigong?" and the second, "The Human Qi Circulatory System. Both programs are lectures by Dr. Yang, and even thought Dr. Yang's English is very good, he does have an accent, so subtitles are provided like they are in most YMAA DVDs.

In the first program, Dr. Yang looks at Qi and Qigong from a scientific viewpoint, as he shares differences between the approaches to health and sickness in the East and West, and then explains what Qi and Qigong are.

The explanation includes history of China and the different kinds of Qigong because according to Dr. Yang, you need to understand China's history and the development of the various types of Qigong to fully understand. Besides the explanation of the different kinds of Qigong, he also discusses concepts such as Yin, Yang, Kan, Li, the Three Treasures, and the Five Energies. These and so much more.

Near the end of this first program, Dr. Yang has the viewer do a couple short physical exercises to experience the feeling of Qi. This first program takes up two hours and eighteen minutes of the DVD.

The second program on this DVD is about the Human Qi Circulatory System, or Qi network. Again, Dr. Yang provides a lot of information, and it is not easy to understand at times. This is not because of Dr. Yang, it is the nature of the material. There is a lot of science and biology here. I think Dr. Yang does a very good job at explaining difficult concepts in an understandable way.
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