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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Zhan Zhuang Instructional Video: Day 10

On the final day of this video tutorial, we explore how the ancient concepts of Tao, Yin, and Yang still have great importance in our busy lives. New warm-up exercise: hold two imaginary baloons in your hands and hold them behind yourself and gently vibrate up and down as you exhale. Breathe in and then breathe out as you vibrate up and down again allowing all of your muscles to relax. Again we practice the Low Post with hands in front of the belly, not too close, not too far away. Your head floating on top of your body, relax your shoulders, your armpits. Breathe quietly, calmly, naturally. Professor Yu explains that people don't understand the art at first, but once they understand the benefits, it will stay with them for life. Zhan zhuang is explained with modern scientific and medical theories, it is very safe and effective exercise. "Lam Kam Chuen's method invites us to use our imagination to find calm, to use stillness to create balance in our busy lives, and to use the natural power of breathing to replenish our energy." Each position is a progression from the last, so work up to about 20 minutes in each posture before moving on to the next. Once your stamina has increased, try moving through the five posture series in one session. Good luck!