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Qigong

Qigong (pronounced "chee-gung," also spelled chi kung) is translated from the Chinese to mean "energy cultivation" or "working with the life energy." Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations. Its techniques are designed to improve and enhance the body's qi. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, qi is the fundamental life energy responsible for health and vitality.

Purpose

Qigong may be used as a daily routine to increase overall health and well-being, as well as for disease prevention and longevity. It can be used to increase energy and reduce stress. In China, qigong is used in conjunction with other medical therapies for many chronic conditions, including asthma, allergies, AIDS, cancer, headaches, hypertension, depression, mental illness, strokes, heart disease, and obesity.

Qigong is presently being used in Hong Kong to relieve depression and improve the overall psychological and social well-being of elderly people with chronic physical illnesses.

Description

Origins

Qigong originated before recorded history. Scholars estimate qigong to be as old as 5,000-7,000 years old. Tracing the exact historical development of qigong is difficult, because it was passed down in secrecy among monks and teachers for many generations. Qigong survived through many years before paper was invented, and it also survived the Cultural Revolutions in China of the 1960s and 1970s, which banned many traditional practices.

Qigong has influenced and been influenced by many of the major strands of Chinese philosophy. The Taoist philosophy states that the universe operates within laws of balance and harmony, and that people must live within the rhythms of nature—ideas that pervade qigong. When Buddhism was brought from India to China around the seventh century A.D., yoga techniques and concepts of mental and spiritual awareness were introduced to qigong masters. The Confucian school was concerned with how people should live their daily lives, a concern of qigong as well. The martial arts were highly influenced by qigong, and many of them, such as t'ai chi and kung fu, developed directly from it. Traditional Chinese medicine also shares many of the central concepts of qigong, such as the patterns of energy flow in the body. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points on the body that qigong seeks to stimulate. In China, qigong masters have been renowned physicians and healers. Qigong is often prescribed by Chinese physicians as part of the treatment.

Due to the political isolation of China, many Chinese concepts have been shrouded from the Western world. Acupuncture was "discovered" by American doctors only in the 1970s, although it had been in use for thousands of years. With an increased exchange of information, more Americans have gained access to the once-secret teachings of qigong. In 1988, the First World Conference for Academic Exchange of Medical Qigong was held in Beijing, China, where many studies were presented to attendees from around the world. In 1990, Berkeley, California, hosted the First International Congress of Qigong. In the past decade, more Americans have begun to discover the beneficial effects of qigong, which motivate an estimated 60 million Chinese to practice it every day.

Basic concepts

In Chinese thought, qi, or chi, is the fundamental life energy of the universe. It is invisible but present in air, water, food and sunlight. In the body, qi is the unseen vital force that sustains life. We are all born with inherited amounts of qi, and we also get acquired qi from the food we eat and the air we breathe. In qigong, the breath is believed to account for the largest quantity of acquired qi, because the body uses air more than any other substance. The balance of our physical, mental, and emotional levels also affect qi levels in the body.

Qi travels through the body along channels called meridians. There are 12 main meridians, corresponding to the 12 principal organs as defined by the traditional Chinese system: the lung, large intestines, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, urinary bladder, kidney, liver, gallbladder, pericardium, and the "triple warmer," which represents the entire torso region. Each organ has qi associated with it, and each organ interacts with particular emotions on the mental level. Qigong techniques are designed to improve the balance and flow of energy throughout the meridians, and to increase the overall quantity and volume of qi. In qigong philosophy, mind and body are not separated as they often are in Western medicine. In qigong, the mind is present in all parts of the body, and the mind can be used to move qi throughout the body.

Yin and yang are also important concepts in qigong. The universe and the body can be described by these two separate but complementary principles, which are always interacting, opposing, and influencing each other. One goal of qigong is to balance yin and yang within the body. Strong movements or techniques are balanced by soft ones, leftward movements by rightward, internal techniques by external ones, and so on.

Practicing qigong

There are thousands of qigong exercises. The specific ones used may vary depending on the teacher, school, and objective of the practitioner. Qigong is used for physical fitness, as a martial art, and most frequently for health and healing. Internal qigong is performed by those wishing to increase their own energy and health. Some qigong masters are renowned for being able to perform external qigong, by which the energy from one person is passed on to another for healing. This transfer may sound suspect to Western logic, but in the world of qigong there are some amazing accounts of healing and extraordinary capabilities demonstrated by qigong masters. Qigong masters generally have deep knowledge of the concepts of Chinese medicine and healing. In China, there are hospitals that use medical qigong to heal patients, along with herbs, acupuncture, and other techniques. In these hospitals, qigong healers use external qigong and also design specific internal qigong exercises for patients' problems.

There are basic components of internal qigong sessions. All sessions require warm-up and concluding exercises. Qigong consists of postures, movements, breathing techniques, and mental exercises. Postures may involve standing, sitting, or lying down. Movements include stretches, slow motions, quick thrusts, jumping, and bending. Postures and movements are designed to strengthen, stretch, and tone the body to improve the flow of energy. One sequence of postures and movements is known as the "Eight Figures for Every Day." This sequence is designed to quickly and effectively work the entire body, and is commonly performed daily by millions in China.

Breathing techniques include deep abdominal breathing, chest breathing, relaxed breathing, and holding breaths. One breathing technique is called the "Six Healing Sounds." This technique uses particular breathing sounds for each of six major organs. These sounds are believed to stimulate and heal the organs.

Meditations and mind exercises are used to enhance the mind and move qi throughout the body. These exercises are often visualizations that focus on different body parts, words, ideas, objects, or energy flowing along the meridians. One mental exercise is called the "Inner Smile," during which the practitioner visualizes joyful, healing energy being sent sequentially to each organ in the body. Another mental exercise is called the "Microscopic Orbit Meditation," in which the practitioner intently meditates on increasing and connecting the flow of qi throughout major channels.

Discipline is an important dimension of qigong. Exercises are meant to be performed every morning and evening. Sessions can take from 15 minutes to hours. Beginners are recommended to practice between 15-30 minutes twice a day. Beginners may take classes once or twice per week, with practice outside of class.

Preparations

Qigong should be practiced in a clean, pleasant environment, preferably outdoors in fresh air. Loose and comfortable clothing is recommended. Jewelry should be removed. Practitioners can prepare for success at qigong by practicing at regular hours each day to promote discipline. Qigong teachers also recommend that students prepare by adopting lifestyles that promote balance, moderation, proper rest, and healthy diets, all of which are facets of qigong practice.

Precautions

Beginners should learn from an experienced teacher, as performing qigong exercises in the wrong manner may cause harm. Practitioners should not perform qigong on either full or completely empty stomachs. Qigong should not be performed during extreme weather, which may have negative effects on the body's energy systems. Menstruating and pregnant women should perform only certain exercises

Mr Babu Rao : Black Belt 5th Dan in Kung-fu, 3rd Star in Tai-Chi

Often, when we only see our instructors in class, it's hard to really get to know them on a personal level. We learn that they're great fighters, that they're strong role models, disciplined and hardworking, but beyond that, Mr Babu Rao is virtually a life long martial artist. He has studied numerous fighting systems tutored by some of the most renowned martial artists, starting at an early age. He has earned countless titles throughout the country, combining constant study, work, and commitment to be one of the best.

Babu Rao continues to instruct his students on the seven traditional values: courage, justice, generosity, politeness, honor, honesty, and loyalty. In his class he sweats just as hard as his students. He believes each class is not just about training for fitness or self-defense, but about training for life.

A man with a fiery passion for martial arts, Babu Rao has passion that has led him into different fields of martial arts, and he has achieved much in almost every field he has explored. He strongly believes that Martial Arts is a vehicle for personal growth. He have been teaching martial arts to both children and adults for many years now..

Martial Arts Background

1988: Joined Karate

Learned Karate Katas (movements), Sparring,

1995: Achieved Black Belt

1995: Joined Kung-Fu

Learned: Katas, Animal Kung-Fu

Animal Styles:

Eagle, Snake, Monkey, Leopard, Tiger & Dragon

Weapon Styles:

3ft, 6ft & 9ft Stick, Knife, Dagger, Double Moon, Sun & Moon, Tomfa, long Chuk's Knife.

1999: Achieved Black Belt In Kung-Fu

2000: 1st Dan In kung-fu

2001: 2nd Dan In kung-fu

2003: 3rd Dan In kung-fu

2000: Started Learning Tai-Chi

Basic Exercise, Short Form, Long Form & Formations

2004: First Star in Tai-Chi

2005: Second Star in Tai-Chi

2006: Third Star in Tai-Chi

1999 - Present: Started as a trainer for Karate, Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi & Self Defense.

Achievements Track

1992: Won Gold Medal for sparring in state level championship.

1993: Okhinova Marital Arts 2nd Prize

1993: Won Gold Medal for katas in state level championship.

1994: Okhinova Martial Arts Katas Gold Medlist

1995: Okhinova Sparring State level Champion Ship Gold Medal

And Many more...

Committees

1998: Shotokan National Committee

2006 to Till Date : AP All Style Martial Joint Secretary (State Wide)

2007: International Committee Of Bodokan

2008: Asian Continental Bodokan

Head Coach

2008: Given Training For Vijayawada Police Department

2008: Given Training For Railway Athletes (Tai-Chi)

2008: Given Training For ARMY 125TA Battalion for the art of Kung-Fu

2009: Given Training For ADP India Corporation Ltd for the art of self defense

2009: Given Training For D & Shaw Company Ltd.

On Going Classes:

The Reqelford International School , Rampally.

St. Peters Model School, Nacharam.

St Anthony's High School, Himayat Nagar.

Kennedy High The Global School, Miyapur.

Guntur Vikas School, Miyapur.

Oasis School of Execllence, Shamshabad.

Open Classes for all in Sec'bad YMAC, Ecil X Roads, Uppal, Thirumalgiri & Lallapet.

National & International

International Organizing Secretary for all martial arts National Level Referee (1999-Present) at

Vizag, Bombay, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kerala & Karnataka. He is also organizing state level championship from 2004 till now.

Niskin Monks Kung-Fu Universe

Shaolin Tai-Chi Kung-Fu Academy

Contact :+91 98498 44231

Email : niskinmonk@gmail.com

Please visit : http://www.nmku.in

Dhieo Bio Vedic Floral Remedies - Dr B. Lakshmi

Dr. B. Lakshmi, PhD (Bio-Vedic flower therapy) M.A (Philosophy & Religion) is one of the foremost practitioners of alternative remedies from India practicing medicine for over 30 years. In her quest for finding the cure for proper health she has studied most of the alternative medical theories, with many of the leading therapists Internationally. She is the first Indian who was qualified as a Bio-therapy trainer.


After doing her yogic healing course from Bihar School of Yoga she became a Karma Sanyasin and a disciple of Sri Paramahmsa Satyananda. She started Natural Health Promoting Association, an NGO, with the aim of integrating various disciplines of medicine to achieve the aim of perfect healing. Under this organization she conducted numerous health camps and invited various international and national doctors to seminars and training classes. Dedication and expertise allowed her to take on many challenging cases and cure them earning her a reputation and good client base. Not satisfied with the conventional medicines she continued her research into alternative medicine as well as the vedic scriptures, even forsaking her booming practice.


She is the innovator of Bio- Vedic flower therapy, a no pill, no injection and drugless natural approach which corrects the energy flow of the body and heals from within by removing toxic substances and rectifying emotional imbalances. Our immunity being the world's best doctor, the concept is to bring healing from within. It is based on decoding information hidden in the Vedas and a rigorous research into all kinds of medicine.


Dr.Lakshmi is:

  • Originator of 'Vedic Ecology'.
  • Originator of 'Vedic Ecology'.
  • Developed Bio-Vedic Flower Remedies.
  • Started an N.G.O for encompassing all kinds of alternative medicine, Natural Health Promoting Association (N.H.P.A est. 1992).
  • Practitioner and trainer of various alternative therapies including Acupuncture, Su-Jok Acupuncture, Yoga, Nature cure, Bio-Testing and Therapy, Radionics, Bach Flower remedies, Reiki, Pranic healing, Thermal imaging for disease prognosis, Meridian theory, Electro homeopathy, Qi Gong and many other therapies.
  • She learned from the best and foremost practitioners who, till date, stay closely associated with her: Yoga from Sri Paramahamsa Yogananda ji originator of Bihar School of Yoga, Bio-Testing and Therapy from Rev.Dr. Fred J Fox in Preston U.K, Acupuncture from Dr.Anton Jayasurya in Srilanka, Su-Jok from Dr.Park Jae Woo, Radionics from Dr. Ivan Combey, Qi Gong from Dr.Russel Des Maris from Turtle Island USA, Bach Flower Remedies from the Bach Centre U.K.
  • Took up numerous challenging cases like cancers, diabetes, asthma etc. and healed the patients.
  • Written a book on 'Vedic Ecology' for Bihar School Of Yoga which has been affiliated to the 'Oxford University' with the instruction and inspiration of her Guruji Sri Niranjan ji (V.C of B.S.Y).
  • Book (Diva Vrukshalu) released by the then collector of Hyderabad.
  • Presented a paper on Vedic Ecology for National Seminar on conservation of Nallamala forests by EPTRI.
  • Developed Vidika vanam Inaugurated by his holiness Sri Chinnajiyar swamiji.
  • Launched new concept energy medicine Nakshatra Energies through his holiness Sri Chinnajiyar swamiji.
  • Project with the Endowments Dept. of Telangana for implementing Vedic Plantations in the major temples of A.P (2000).
  • Consultant to the Forest Dept. for plantation at Basar (3 hills covering over 30 acres).
  • Developed a Nursery on Vedic plants inaugurated by the first lady of A.P.
  • Member of Bio Diversity Board, Forestry Dept, Govt of A.P.
  • She explored most of the forests of India mostly on foot associating with local tribes to develop her extensive knowledge on various plant species and ecological niche's.

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