Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Five Animals Frolic

This set of Chi Kung practice is developed by Chinese State General Administration of Sports, based on the ancient Five Animals Frolic by Hua Tuo , who is a well-known TCM practitioner in Chinese history and lived 2000 years ago.  You can find many other resources and versions online of this set of of practice. But the following version is a simplified and more standard one easier for instruction.

The five animals are selected to correspond with the five elements theory of TCM. They are tiger, deer, bear, monkey and  bird. By mimicking the typical movements of these animals, you can invigorate the energy flow of the body, and strengthen the functions of our internal organs.  Tiger movements aims at the kidney and spine; deer the liver and stretching the sides; bear the stomach and whole digestion system; monkey the heart ; bird the lungs.
What is unique about this set of Chi Kung practice is that it brings some humor into exercises and keeps the exerciser in a cheerful mood while mimicking the animals.  A pleasant mood, as we all know, is critical to the recovery of many chronic diseases.

The whole practice takes at least about 15 minutes. Of course you can spend more time as needed. Practice it daily and the effect can be amazing.
At the end of the post, I embedded the link of a special program from the CCTV4, in which you will meet a woman who wanted to die 20 years ago but now live happily thanks to regular practice of the Five Animal Frolic Gong.

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