I focus on health Qi Gong sets:
- the classical forms — Eight Silk Brocades (Ba Duan Jin) and 5 Animals (Wu Qin Xi)
- modern forms — 18 Postures (Liang Gong Shi Ba Fa) and Double Nine (Jiu Jiu Yang Gong)
The Eight Silk Brocades consists of 8 movements said to make the body supple yet strong, like silk. I teach both a northern style and a southern style of the standing sequence.
The Five Animals Play is made of 5 sequences that mimic the characteristics of Tigers, Deer, Monkeys, Bears and Cranes. This is a dynamic set that can be taught either as a linked sequence or taught focusing on a single animal.
Eighteen Postures is a series of three sequences each with 18 movements. It was originally compiled by a hospital research group in Shanghai. The first series emphasizes relaxing the joints and improving mobility. The second series emphasizes regulating the internal organ networks and the third series is specifically for improving the Lung network and the immune system function.