QUESTION & ANSWER
The normal morning exercises usually focus on one particular are, be it relaxation of muscles, joints or breathing. On the other hand, the Infinite Youth qigong focuses on both breathing and areas such as spinal joint flexibility, stretching of muscles and ligaments, as well as the circulation of qi through the meridians. It is holistic, all-rounded exercise reflecting the essence of ancient wisdom.
Practising this technique can soften and stretch the muscles and ligament around the neck, back and the joints of the limbs, strengthen the heart and lung functions, induce oxygen intake and eliminate the toxins through blood circulation. Based on feedback from students in Taiwan,Malaysia and Singapore, such a breathing technique has a beneficial effect on those suffering from cancer, insomnia, depression, neck, shoulder and back pain, as well as other complicated ailments. Hence it is and effective system to supplement and support medical treatment. It empowers the patient in self-healing so that patients can improve their all-rounded health. Those who are well can use this technique to prevent illness.
This depends on one’s needs. If one seriously believes that one’s health merits an investment of two hours daily, then on will rise early. After maintaining the habit for about a week, one will stir at 5am without effort. This is a commonly asked question by students. Once one is able to savour the fruits of one’s practice, maintaining this habit becomes easy.
Man or woman, young or old, as long as the person can walk, all are welcomed to practise. For those who are sick, we need to gauge the actual situation before we decide.
This technique helps to heal one’s body and dispel the toxins. Just like having breakfast daily, one will feel uncomfortable if one does not practise daily. This technique is akin to sailing – if one does not move forward, one will move backward; likewise, once one stops practising for a period of time, some of the previous problems may resurface.
One can do the dynamic exercises such as the “la-he-che” and “Lion’s Roar” which ends at around 6.30am, one can go to work, and practise the static jing gong exercises in the evening at home.
One yoga mat, one canvas sheet (available from the Association), one towel, and one new change of T-Shirt. Before leaving home, one needs to drink about 300 cc of wartm water and sip it slowly before the practice.
It’s free of charge for all practice locations. However, when one wants to upgrade oneself and further understand the theories behind this technique, one should enroll for the theory class taught by our teacher Mr Tsai Liang An. The fees vary according to the course and more details are available from the leaders.
This set of techniques has nothing to do with any religion; it is based on combined knowledge of ancient Chinese and Indian cultures on maintaining physical well-being as well as a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology. Some of the terms or postures may lead one to think that there is religious link but it is purely a method to cultivating good health.
Every person’s body is different. One should take a brave step forward, and not to compare oneself with others, but with only one’s progress. With incremental progress achieved daily and weekly, the cumulative effect will result in great improvements. This has been verified by most of the fellow students who have experienced.
Initially the movements would have to be slow and when bending, the head must look up to prevent dizziness. Please inform the instructor about your health conditions and he/she will assist you.
There are many bosses and successful people who habitually sleep late, but are determined to wake up early for qi gong exercise. So when one is serious about changing the current situation and regaining health, one will make an effort to wake up around 4.40am to 5am to join the practice regardless of what time one goes to bed. Normally, one will begin to feel around 9 to 10pm after one week’s practice, as the natural human bio-rhythm has been awakened and starts to move in tandem with nature; this is a good thing signifying the first step in health recovery.
After practising for a period of time, you will start to sleep early, as the human body has its innate intelligence to choose the best time to sleep. So long as you go with the flow of process and go to sleep when feeling sleepy, our body will slowly return to its healthy state. It is recommended that a short nap after the practice or in the afternoon which is beneficial.
Jogging and other exercises are beneficial to the body, but only focus on strengthening of muscles, joints and the cardiovascular system. The Infinite Youth qigong, besides strecthing the muscles, joints and ligaments, also strengthen the qi flow along the meridians.
Why start practising at 5.30am every morning? The time from 5am to 7am (Chinese Mao shi) is like the ‘spring’ for the human body when the life force is in the strongest form. During this hour, the air is very fresh and the dust has settled. A multiplying effect in benefits can be achieved.
Please make enquiry with our coordinator, instructor or leader at the practice locations. Also, please look out for talks organized by our association and conducted by our TCM doctor Mr Wang Zhi Jian periodically.