This video is the first in a twelve part course delivered by Dr Feng in partnership with Intercultural Roots.
The Five Animal Frolics Medical Qi Gong
Part 1 of 12: Introduction and Overview - Dr Feng introduces the Five Animal Play Qi Gong. He addresses warm ups, general principles, stances and the various animal hand forms used.
Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) – The Five Animal Frolics (Dance/Play) Qi Gong is considered the earliest form of Medical Qi Gong in Chinese history, dating back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).
The famous Chinese physician Hua Tuo (110-207) created the “Five Animal Form” as a mimicry of the movements of the tiger, bear, deer, monkey, and bird. The form was taught to facilitate the cultivation of Qi and spirit and to boost general health and flexibility.
The “Five Animal Play” focuses on the training of internal Qi. It combines the soft and hard interpretation of movements with the focus of guiding Qi flow in the body. As an internal form, there may be martial art implications. The five animal forms incorporate many fluid and beautiful active movements; therefore, it is often referred to as the practice of the dance of the five animals.
Hua Tuo taught that through imitating the movement of the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and crane, the Five Animal Qi Gong brings us back to our free human nature. Symbolically, the animals are related to the five elements, colors, sounds, seasons, internal organs, sensory organs and emotions. The system of Five Animals is practiced through simple forms of movements, meditation and spontaneous play of the animals. Internally the practice opens the Qi channels and cultivates Jing, Qi, Shen (essence, vital energy, and spirit). Externally it improves the function of bones, joints, tendons, muscles, circulation, hair and skin. It is an integrative, comprehensive practice that promotes health, vibrancy and longevity.
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