Flying Bird Qigong is based on the ”Three Heavenly Pearls”:

1) focused intention  2) easy movements  3) deep breathing

Flying Bird has evolved from Yoga and Qigong (other ways of spelling – Chi Gung,Chi Kung, Chi Gong). Whatever age you are – five years, or fifty, eight or eighty – you can do these exercises because they are proven to benefit your life energy without physical effort. No effort means that you can learn them easily, do them every day – as little as 10-15 minutes – and feel the difference immediately. That, perhaps, is the best insurance against many illnesses, ever promised. If you live in New Zealand, you can attend regular classes of Flying Bird, if not – you can still learn and practice using our DVD Flying Bird Qigong.

What are Flying Bird exercises?

More than 200 million people practice similar forms of exercise each day throughout Asia and now in the West. It is an important part of personal health care, now understood by medical colleges, hospitals and universities. From the Orient comes the word, qi meaning breath, air, or the living force. Gong means to cultivate, to practice or train with enjoyment and with no effort.

Isn’t it another form of Taiji?

Qigong is not another form of Taiji, which arose originally as one of the martial arts – the primary focus was on defending yourself from attackers – like kung fu, karate etc. whereas Qigong is concerned with the gentleuse of the breath, self-healing and sharing energy with others.

Where did you discover it?

I have studied with teachers in many countries of Asia as well as in England, Norway, Portugal, New Zealand, Singapore. Including teachers from the famous Shao Lin monastery. There is no end to learning – there are more than 2000 different forms of Qigong.For many years I have been involved in energy medicine. In 1984 I was invited to help a patient in Hong Kong and I became fascinated by the dozens of people practicing Qigong in the parks and gardens. Every morning I would go out in the early dawn and watch and watch to try to see what they did and how the masters taught the students.

If it’s an ancient Chinese wisdom, how are you qualified to teach it?

How is a teacher recognized?

The measure of a master of Qigong is if he can make physical changes in another person’s physical, mental or psychological state. These changes, first, need to be experienced by the ’student’ or ‘patient’ to be accepted. Then years of medical research into the human bio-electric field have shown that I have positively affected other people’s states of health and help them to move towards relief from stress, pain and delusion.

What can Flying Bird exercises do for an average healthy person?

Qigong has been proven to lay down the foundation for a strong immune system which leads to a longer and healthier life. Today there is so much stress even in a normal person’s life that they can benefit immensely from regular Qigong sessions. Medical research has also proved that by doing Qigong, people increase their anti-aging factor.

How can it help people who have chronic illnesses?

When you are in a relaxed and tranquil state, natural processes take placein the body. The main interest arises because people who suffer from such serious debilitating diseases as cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, asthma and arthritis frequently demonstrate improvement.

While I was on holiday at Coffs Harbour I attended your lecture at the Nautilus Resort  I started to practice Qigong afterwards – I can not believe that my depression has disappeared  and also I can not believe that a miracle has happened. I had  a test and the specialist could not find my cancer on my prostate – it just disappeared. Brian, Australia

What are the anti-aging benefits?

We could live many years longer than we do – the main reason why we become old is that the oxidation process happens in our organs. Qigong enhances the activity of anti-aging enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase). SOD is believed to destroy free radicals that cause aging. Easy exercise rejuvenates and revitalizes our major organs and especially increases blood flow to the heart and brain.

How long do I have to do it before noticing the results?

If you have discovered a good teacher you should be able to feel some effects at the first lesson, however we see that it is not the immediate results that are the most lasting. Very often the changes are subtle such as a change to sleep patterns, reduction of stress and calmer relationships.

Do I have to do it forever?

Only if you want to! I think you will need to keep breathing forever? Do you feel hungry each day? No decent teacher will insist on undertaking anything which might cause you any stress or effort. Once you reach basic competence few people wish to give away what has brought such pleasure and joyful community. You can do it alone in your room, on an international flight or in the company of friends. Once gained there is no longer a question of ‘must I’ or ‘I have to’ – invariably the question becomes – ‘move over I’m DOING it.”

Why shouldn’t I practice Yoga, Taiji or meditation instead?

Properly practiced Flying Bird has a medical component missing from many other forms. From a practical point of view Flying Bird combines all three disciplines – correct breathing, easy movement and focused intention. This creates a unique state in comparison to any other type of relaxation, therefore qigong is famous for its healing abilities.

Properly practiced Flying Bird has a medical component missing from the other forms. From a practical point of view Qigong combines all three disciplines – breathing, intention and easy movements. This creates a unique state in comparison to any other type of relaxation therefore Qigong is famous for it’s healing abilities.

Describe the legendary feats performed by some Qigong masters.

Strangely enough the highest form of Qigong is not to show off the uses of qi energy but to show the enormous control one needs to prevent or stop events from happening. Daoists simply go with the flow of energy, not asking for control, however, many who have mastered the energy can demonstrate ‘miraculous’ events – such as the 82 year old woman in California who can deflect the punches of four young men attacking her all at once. In Bill Moyer’s (USA) TV series “Health and Healing” an elderly master simply flicked his finger and others fell to the ground.

Where can I learn Qigong?

There are almost as many teachers as there are forms of Qigong! The first importance is to find a teacher you can feel comfortable with. It may surprise you that it is not culturally specific – Westerners may be able to explain the actions more clearly than someone from Asia for example.

What does it involve?

Regular attendance at classes, wearing loose clothes, practicing the exercises between classes and be prepared for a minimum course of seven weeks to gain basic skills.

If it’s as good as you describe, why haven’t we heard much of this before?

For many centuries Qigong was the privilege of temple monks and a few wealthy family lineages in China. During the cultural revolution Qigong briefly disappeared. In the 1970s and 1980s numerous institutes for the study of Qigong have sprung up in China. Many hospitals have Qigong doctors on staff and Qigong classes are taught along with other forms of regular medical treatment.

In the West we have had access to Qigong only recently.

Acupuncture broke the ice in the late seventies with President Nixon’s trip to China but it has taken a decade or more to include acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into our health care system. Because Qigong is such a powerful self-healing technique it has been kept from us as a secret, however times are changing with international travel, internet connections and people’s desire to be self sufficient.

Is it a miracle cure for depression/AIDS etc.?

I cannot answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to that question. What has been established is that in the paradigm of mechanistic Western science, the practice of Qigong triggers a wide array of physiological mechanisms which have profound healing benefits. It increases the delivery of oxygen to the tissues. It enhances the elimination of waste products as well as the transportation of immune cells through the lymph system. And it shifts the chemistry of the brain and the nervous system.

Is there a difference between ‘Qigong’ and ‘Flying Bird Exercises’?

The subtle differences lie in the focus of intention. Both have a family similarity. Both come from ancient yoga and qigong postures. Flying Bird however, through insistence on correct breathing coupled with effortless movements and inclusion of the power of your own intention, delivers a much wider scope for change. The practical outcome is that we feel better in every way; yet deeper than that is the rising feeling of discovering our purpose in life. The tranquility that is unique to Flying Bird, the relationship to Deep Field Relaxation and it’s myriad benefits, deliver a satisfaction seldom known through other avenues.

Enjoy the gentle qi with magical sounds of Flying Bird Theme

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