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Excellent Beginner's DVD
on July 30, 2013
I have been doing a few simple forms of Qigong I have picked up over the years, but never had a comprehensive understanding of the forms or their purposes. Dr. Yang's DVD gives a great beginner's overview of the standing and sitting brocades, including explanations of forms. Remembering that these DVDs are for beginners, he gives excellent descriptions and plenty enough material to make a strong start at the practice of Qigong. He gives the traditional Chinese versions of the poems that accompany the traditional forms, historically used as a type of mnemonic to help people remember the forms and their meaning (what to focus on). Bluntly, the mnemonic value of traditional Chinese is lost on me; the excessively flowery descriptions coupled with extreme assertions ("cure thousands of illnesses") carry no hints of the intended information, nor are they an inspiration for me. One of the reasons I had not done more with Qigong until I got Dr. Yang's DVD was that the teachers I had tried take the flowery and dramatic traditional Chinese and make it even more so. When I didn't understand I was told I wasn't spiritual enough to understand it, or similar comments.
I am actually very spiritual; it is just that I don't believe "spiritual" and "space cadet" have to go together. Dr. Yang's explanations a clear and to the point, removing the "woo-woo" that many practitioners (at least in the US) try and ascribe to Qigong practice. I am aware of the energy that Qigong works with; I now have more grounded knowledge of the "why" and "where-for" on which the practice is based. Personally I am grateful that Dr. Yang decided to demystify this practice and I only wish I had purchased his DVDs years ago.
I highly recommend this to others like myself who want to do the practice, are pretty much beginners, don't have a readily available teacher who is grounded, and has perhaps come across the types of "teachers" that try and tell you that you lack "spirituality" or "correct understanding" or any of a host of other comments made against folks like me who tend to be a wee bit more analytical than others in this arena of human endeavor.