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01-06-2006, 05:51 PM
Does anyone here practice Qigong? I had been interested in it for quite some time. Finally got a DVD that I had rented from blockbuster. It's one hour long. I really enjoyed it and feel that it's going to be something that I practice daily.
Since I'm a beginner, I am wondering who some of the best teachers are. The dvd I rented was done by Franceso Garripoli and his wife. http://www.wujiproductions.com/
01-06-2006, 06:13 PM
Hi there. I don't know a lot about it either. I researched this website:
The site is called the "Qigong Association of America" There is a message board link that you can click on that will have a "find a teacher" post that has a listing of a variety of teachers in many different cities/states. Hope that helps ;)
01-06-2006, 06:28 PM
I've been doing and teaching qigong for about 15 years now.
I've got some of Garripoli's vids and think, as far as being able to follow them they are quite good. The problem w/ "trying" to learn it with videos is, you may feel as though you are doing what they/he is doing yet, you don't know for sure. The other thing is, no one is there to correct you.
I've trained with numerous instructors. Suggestion: when looking for an instructor, don't think because they are Chinese they are better than those who are not. Some may be, some not.
My taiji (although taiji is a form of qigong, most separate the two) teacher couldn't do qigong for s**t. Her form was soooo sloppy. Yet, when she was doing taiji, she was beautiful. Problem was, she didn't speak English so, if I was doing something wrong she'd stomp her lil foot and yell "NO!" She couldn't explain the "yes".
The thing that is good about many of the qigong forms is that they take less space. Most taiji forms need quite a bit of room. I've also found certain forms of qigong are essentially more healing. I healed myself of sciatica, a major toe infection and gallstone w/ qigong ~ and an excellent food program.
i've had a qigong dvd and been meaning to get to it (plastic still covering) - it looks promising... "qigong- beginnning practice with francesco & daisy lee-garripoli". i definitely need a beginning practice before i could feel confident enough to take a class. there are instructors here and one in particular i hope to take a class with. revvell, that is fantastic to hear about you're healing through qigong and right eating. i think i'll crack open the box tomorrow morning. very best, e.
01-06-2006, 08:50 PM
Thanks Ella. :)
Let me caution you about something here. What the Garripoli's teach and what someone else teaches will most probably be very different things. I'm not saying don't use the vids. What I am saying is, there are many different styles of qigong (I do something so totally different than what they are calling what they do) and many different ways of teaching/learning. What they teach and how they do it is quite good (I've got an eye for his errors yet...STILL one of the best vids I've seen).
It's sort of like all the variations teachers have w/ raw foods. So, if and when you go to a live teacher, expect him/her to be different than what you see on the vids. Even after all my training and teaching, I like to check out other teachers/styles, etc. and I go with a beginner's mind. It's the only way to learn.
Congrats on doing something new. It's a wonder-filled endeavor and a life-long learning process. :)
01-07-2006, 06:55 PM
I bought a book "6 Healing movements Qigong" by Master Gin Foon Mark
I am learning Qigong as much as I can myself until I can attend a live class. Even the simple movements outlined, I don't find easy--it takes alot of focus,attention and accuracy.
Revell: How long did you study before you felt you could perform independently? How or what lead you to get involve with Qigong?
Myself, what little movements I am able to decipher in this book, I feel has been helpful--trackingmy own progress.
01-07-2006, 09:51 PM
Hi Jenna Rose,
Yes, my husband and I have been doing Qi Gong for some time and the benefits are great! You could check out Peter Ragnar's information, books and tapes. He is an expert on the subject!
Please go to: www.roaringlionpublishing.com
Happy Qi Gonging,
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