The new Ba Gua Nei Gong Book Series by Tom Bisio presents a detailed look at the Nei Gong practices that build the foundation for Ba Gua Zhang as a martial and life nourishing practice. The first three volumes of this six-volume set cover: Ba Gua Yin Yang Patting, Dao Yin Exercises, Standing Meditation (Zhan Zhuang), The Six Qi Development Exercises and Ba Gua 12 Posture Standing.
A must have for students of Ba Gua Zhang, NYIA-IAI students and anyone interested in Nei Gong, Qi Gong, Ba Gua Zhang and the internal arts!
Volumes 4, 5 and 6 will be available in 2014.
Ba Gua Nei Gong Volume 1: Yin Yang Patting & Dao Yin Exercises
Yin Yang Patting Nei Gong is often the starting point for learning Ba Gua Zhang and for the practice of Nei Gong and other Yang Sheng (Nourishing Life) Exercises. The primary function of the Patting Nei Gong is to begin to open the meridians by patting and slapping along their trajectories. Unblocking, opening and coursing the meridians in this manner is an important precursor to advanced energetic practices.
Dao Yin Nei Gong is often performed in conjunction with the Patting Nei Gong because the two practices have different, yet complimentary actions. While Patting Nei Gong focuses on dispersing energy blockages and their accompanying muscular tension, Dao Yin Nei Gong emphasizes regulating the internal energetics of the body. The Dao Yin exercises directly regulate the Qi Dynamic, stimulate one’s natural healing powers and help prevent disease from taking root. This in turn promotes health and proper functioning of the body.
Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 2 focuses on two connected practices: Standing Meditation, known as Zhan Zhuang, and Qi Cultivation Nei Gong. These two Nei Gong methods aid the practitioner in sensing the internal movement of qi, and help develop the internal connections and internal sensitivity necessary for the martial techniques of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan and for Daoist meditation practices.
Standing like a tree rooted in the earth, while remaining relaxed and pliable, is one of the key foundational practices in the internal styles of martial arts. Holding Standing Meditation postures for extended periods of time is a crucial step in integrating the body and mind, and in connecting the qi and breath, so that the body moves harmoniously with grace and power.
The Qi Cultivation Nei Gong consists of four fundamental and two advanced exercises which allow us to perceive the movements of the Zhen Qi (“True” Qi). These exercises compliment Standing Meditation practice by introducing slow movements that engage with the natural vertical, horizontal and circular spiraling actions of the body’s internal structure. Initiating slow external movements allows one to perceive the subtle complimentary actions that take place internally.
Ba Gua Nei Gong Vol. 3: Twelve Posture Standing
This book presents Ba Gua’s unique Twelve Posture Standing practice. Ba Gua Twelve Posture Standing Nei Gong strengthens the body, stabilizes the joints and imparts “Sinew Strength.” Unlike basic standing, in which the body is evenly balanced on two legs, Twelve Posture Standing presents a challenging mix of back-weighted, front-weighted and even single leg postures that develop balance and refined strength and power. Each stance engages with the energy and breath in a unique and different way. Regular practice of the 12 postures not only strengthens, but also connects the body into a unified whole .
These twelve postures, or “stances,” are, in one sense, frozen moments of movement from one position to another. Holding such moments of transition, in which the center of gravity has just moved and is about to move again, allows one to sense the internal energetic configuration of a part of a movement. This allows one to fully engage with the various spiral power configurations – wrapping, twisting, drilling and coiling – imparted by the postures.