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Wu Qin XI: Five-Animal Qigong Exercises [With Instructional DVD] (Chinese Health Qigong) Paperback – June 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Chinese Health Qigong
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon; Pap/DVD edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848190077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Taken together, and done properly, the movements described here comprise a system of exercise that emphasizes grace and strength. Each focuses on a different part of the body to coordinate breathing patterns with movement; each exercise is easy to do and quiets the mind as well as stabilizes the body. Includes full illustrations, instructions and explanations, including the important reasons why these exercises should be conducted together rather than "cafeteria style." Safe for all age groups and very useful to those who practice Tai Chi and martial arts.'- Booknews.com'With these books the Chinese Health Qigong Association have come close to providing everyone with their own personal qiqong instructor.'- Tai Chi Finder Limited'In the book, after introducing the history of wu qin xi, some of the characteristics of the animal movements are explained and some practice tips are given. Then, the book goes through a step-by-step description of each of the ten practices(two for each animal). After each practice, the key points are highlighted, common mistakes are given, how to correct them and the benefits of the practice is explained.'- Medical Qigong Education Centre'In this well-illustrated, succinct, and easy to read manual, these qigong exercises are described in clear language and simple step-by-step pictures of each form are provided in the proper sequences. Additionally, an instructional DVD comes with the book that breaks down each movement in the sequences, shows common mistakes, and then provides an uninterrupted full Five-Animal Qigong workout... You will not go wrong by adding this and the other books in this series to your martial arts or qigong library, and you will be pleasantly surprised in all that you will learn from doing so.' - Journal of Asian Martial Arts

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The Chinese Health Qigong Association is an organization that popularizes and researches Health Qigong, and is a group member of the All-China Sports Federation. Its aim is to inherit and carry forward the Chinese traditional culture of health promotion and facilitate the communication between Western and Eastern Cultures.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By stephen Luff on September 19, 2008
If you're looking for something a little different in your Qi Gong Routine this will set the tone nicely. It's based on 5 animal exercises. Designed by Hua Tuo(25-220 ad). By observing the activities of tigers, deer, bears, monkeys and birds he found that animals perform certain movements to liven up their overall energy levels and good health.
The routine is designed to be performed linking the mind along with the animal movements. There are two movements per animal in this set. The 5 pairs of sets are very different to each other working with different types of exercises. For instance the tiger which is the first two movements are very different from each other. The first gently begins the routine and the second is a full body stretch that embraces the characteristics of the tiger.
The routine works the body with clever postures to stretch hard-to-reach areas:- such as between the shoulder blades.
If you fancy a standing stretching routine that has a great history, a lot of fun to perform then I highly recommend this routine. This routine is primarily performed in a forward facing manner. It's been re-worked from some of the older routines to be more standard and easier to learn.
Of course the most essential part of this set is that it comes with a DVD that is in English. The book has the background, history, step by step instructions and corrections to the routine.
A great compliment to this routine is the Yi Jin Jing. It's a Tendon - Muscle Strengthening Qi Gong Routine. The two routines are part of a 4 book/DVD Set embracing very popular Chinese Qi Gong Routines. I would say that this is an opportunity to learn core popular routines that have come from a great history.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lowell P. Thomas on October 2, 2009
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I have 27 years experience training in Qigong, Tai Chi and Karate. Among the various qigong videos and books I have, I would rate Wu Qin Xi as excellent. Both the book and the DVD provide clear and easy to follow instructions for this version of five animal qigong. The beauty and benefits of qigong are in the practice. Too many students bog down in theory and expectation and fail to practice. Use this fine resource to practice and reap the benefits of authentic qigong.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tagou Alp on April 3, 2011
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This book is written by chinese health association,they standtartise qigong forms,the version of wuxin qi taught in this book is a very popular one in china. Ýt is practical for all skill and age levels,it is instructed in great detail,with tips,common mistakes,corrections,health benefits for each exercise with very clear photos with lines for the next move makes it excellent book.Also the book comes with a dvd which shows everything in the book,so there is no question is left in the readers mind.But i suggest people with no qigong experience to begin with the same authors Ba duan jin book,because wuxin qi is a litlle bit advanced.Ý am a student of Shaolin Tagou school in China and i strongly recommend this book for anyone including novices to experienced martial artists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Carol R. Deegan on December 5, 2012
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I choose this product for my students to use on a check-out basis. They take the book home and read and study the pictures and postions and forms. It helps them to understand what we are trying to master in class. A good product for teaching.
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I'm disappointed that the DVD included with the book is unreadable on two different Macs, one Windows machine and one Panasonic DVD player. All report that it is recorded in an "Unsupported Format." The book is quite interesting and I will keep it and try to learn the routines from the illustrations and from my local instructor. It's a shame that I won't be able to see the routines as the Chinese Health Qigong Association intended. Needless to say, I would hesitate before buying any other book/DVD products from this organization if you want to view the DVDs.
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