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The 8 Pieces of Brocade - Qigong and Conditioning All in One

8PiecesBrocadeBigI just put a new video onto the online school-- the 8 Pieces of Brocade. This is a qigong exercise -- 8 movements -- that also serves to help in strengthening and conditioning the body, particularly the legs.

The 8 Pieces of Brocade are said to have been created about 1,000 years ago in the Sung Dynasty by Marshal Yeuh Fei for the exercise of his soldiers. It's pretty clear to see when you perform them that these are very effective for stretching and "warming up" before hard exercise or a good workout. In fact, it's possible this series of movements wasn't created as qigong at all, but that qigong was injected into the movements as the centuries went by.

I'm a firm believer in the positive impact of qigong, although I don't necessarily subscribe to the ancient science. When you calm the mind and body, put part of your mind on your dan t'ien, detach from daily concerns and use mental visualization techniques (involving the visualization of chi) it has a tremendous impact on your ability to manage stress.

When you manage stress, and reduce it, your body becomes the efficient healing machine that it actually is, and your health improves.

It isn't rocket surgery, my friends.

The photo above shows one of the Brocade exercises that not only strengthens the legs, but stretches the arms and chest, and works the back.

If you haven't checked out the online school yet, visit it and try two free weeks. There's no risk. If you don't like it, just cancel before the two weeks are up. Most of the people who try it, however, are amazed at the amount of material and remain members.


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