decades of instructional experience, we at Moongate think we've developed
a curriculum which allows the student the best experience in learning
Qigong. We wanted a series of courses that were graduated and moved
from simple to more complex painlessly. We wanted interesting and also
historically important routines which would allow the student to always
work on fresh material but within a historical context that would at
the same time expand their knowlege, make them really know Qigong. Here
are some of our first level courses. In LEVEL ONE we concentrate on
the primary goal of Qigong: controlling the body. Many of these exercises
are quite famous in the Qigong world but the actually teaching and practice
of them are unique to Moongate.
The Tai Chi Qigong: This really
simple series based on Four Major Moves is easy to learn and can take
less than five minutes to perform. Though it is unrelated to the practice
of Tai Chi Chuan it uses the same loose and slow method to teach basic
Qigong with a specal emphasis on relaxed and unhurried movement. This
is so popular with our students who find themselves responding to the
soft, gentle movements so early in their trianing that we often jsuggest
this as the starting exercise for all Qigong training.
The Eight Pieces of Brocade
Part #1 (Ba Duan Jin) This is one of the most famous and simplest of
all Qigong forms. After being around for a thousand years the Eight
Pieces of Brocade has many variations. The one we picked is simple divided
into eight routines with a beautiful series of movments in-between each
section. Many of the sections are directed to specific benefits to one's
health. The movements are fun and can always be modified to the individual.
People enjoy practicing the Eight Pieces and therefore do that effortlessly.
This set is found by most people to be easy to learn and safe to perform.
The "Big Five":
Here are movements that might be termed the "warm ups" for
further Qigong development. These wonderful stetching and opening exercises
were developed to aid in Qigong training. This section of the currciulum
is generally very short and people find themselves making rapid progress
almost immediately. Definitely an aid for all Qigong practice.