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Eight Ways Chi Gong Zoom Lessons 
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Eight Ways cultivate internal energy over purely physical development. The Chinese word for exercise means circulating chi with movement. Chi is many things, including the circular flow of the river of energy animating the universe, life force, and intrinsic energy. Chi follows awareness. A T’ai Chi proverb tells of a ruler who promised his kingdom to anyone who could thread a nine-tunneled pearl. A sage advises one on the way to try their hand at it, to attach the thread with a dab of honey to the back of an ant that will pull the thread through the nine tunnels. The pearl is the body and the nine tunnels are the wrist, elbow, shoulder, hips, knees, ankles, base of the spine, atlas, and top of the head. The thread is chi. The ant is attention and the honey is the practice of Chi Gong. So, Chi Gong is the practice of using your attention to thread the chi through the nine tunnels of the pearl.

FREE VIDEO: Chi Gung for Graceful Aging & Fall Prevention based on our work at the Poudre Valley Hospital Aspen Club teaching more than 300 seniors these graceful aging and fall prevention exercises. Movements progress from simple to more complex, from isolated arm motions to full body motions, from standing on both legs to progressively standing on one at a time, and finally, from individual movements to a continuous flow of motion. Animal Forms and Cheng Man-ch’ing’s Eight Ways are the foundation of the work. This Video contains: Instructions on how to cultivate chi, step-by-step lessons on how to perform eight Chi Gong Forms, and a ten minute follow along routine for daily practice. Follow this link to watch and bookmark the video: 

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Chi gung for graceful aging

The ancients realized that serenity is the result of a body being properly aligned, strong and supple muscle and bone, resilient to external forces, and agile. They choreographed a contemplative system of movements with martial applications that coordinate body, mind, and spirit into a cohesive whole with all parts working in harmony. Getting all the pieces going in the same direction is the practice. Did they struggle with their practice as we do today? Our guess is probably so. How else could they have tailored the exercises so precisely to master their limitations and transform them into strengths.