Choosing your Path: How Much Shall I Practice?

In China it is typical for people to practice Qigong
(Ch’i Kung) or Taiji (T’ai Chi) for about an hour between
5:30 am and 6:30 or from 6 am to 7 am.

Frequently they practice in large groups. It is not
unusual to see a group of people doing Taiji with swords
with over 100 or a group doing Taiji with fans with 70 to 80
people. Qigong groups may number from 20 to 200 to
thousands.

Equally as often people practice alone. it is not
unusual to see solo practitioners of Taiji. Frequently,
single Qigong practitioners cultivate the Qi quietly among
the trees.

For people who are well who want to increase their
energy, vitality, endurance and health it is advised that
they spend at least 20 and up to 40 or 60 minutes in
practice daily or almost daily. This will result, in most
cases, in healthy longevity and enduring vitality.

For those who are unwell but not severely unwell the
same schedule will help to enhance health. If you want to
improve quickly practice more frequently.

To increase health in severe disease it is important
to neither practice too little or too much. Stay in the
safety zone as suggested in the section on “Guidelines for
the Practice of Qigong and Taiji”. These self healing
practices are powerful and highly refined. With them you can
create a genuine miracle. Build up the practice as you build
up your strength. More can be better, but only when you are
ready for it. Start slow and simple, as your vitality builds
increase the practice. It is important to follow the
guidelines
for practice
.

When the Shanghai Cancer Recovery Society is
introduced to a patient who is near death the only method
that they teach is a simple breath practice. In addition the
individual is introduced to person after person, day after
day, who have healed themselves. The combination of the
simple breathing Qigong practice plus dozens of
self-recovery testimonials has tremendous healing power.

When the individual can manage it they add, to the
breathing, simple hand gestures. Next, they sit in the chair
and do the hand motions. Then they stand and do the
movement. Finally, they do the Cancer Recovery Walking Form.
At this point they go and visit with new patients and tell
their story.

In Intelligence Qigong (Zhineng qigong) all of the
teachers are former patients. Practice at the hospital
happens throughout the day. In some cases an individual may
practice for 6 hours. Patients, called students, who arrive
at the Zhineng Hospital in severe condition lie in their
hospital bed or sit in their wheel chair, which has been
moved right in among the practice group. They focus on
absorbing the healing Qi from the field of healing energy
produced by the healthier practitioners. It is estimated
that over 90% of the students (patients) experience health
improvement.

As you can see their are many approaches to the
practice of Qigong and Taiji. While there are some
guidelines, it is obvious that each person is in a unique
situation. Each unique situation modified by each
individual’s unique desires and limitations requires a
unique, personal approach to Qigong. The longer forms of
Taiji can be modified for severe illness or seniors. When
the vitality is increased then the person can learn the long
form.

It is likely that over the years you will try numerous
methods. To begin you may practice at home for 20 to 30
minutes a day. Later you may add a one hour weekly class. At
some point you may practice Qigong or Taiji for 2 hours on
Saturday and Sunday and only do the 15 minute short form
during the week. Then on a trip to China you will practice
Qigong for 3- 6 hours each day. You are free, and
encouraged, to allow your interest in Taiji and other forms
of Qigong to grow, change and evolve.

Avatar Written by Roger Jahnke OMD

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