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wild goose system overview

Qigong is all about working with chi - the body's energy and we can do that physically by stretching and moving the body to open the energy pathways know as meridians or channels. Dr hu in wild goose qigong pose

You can also work with qi using meditation forms and visualisation techniques to increase awareness of our inner energy and how to encourage health and wellbeing.

wild goose qigong, also known as Dayan qigong, is a comprehensive system of medical qigong said to have about 72 forms of which  11 movement forms and 7 meditation techniques were documented and published by Grandmaster Yang Meijun (27th lineage  holder - the knowledge is handed down in the same family from one generation to the next).

Following Yang Meijun's death on July 23rd 2002 aged 106 her elder son Master Chen Chuan-Gang became the 28th lineage holder and continues the process of documenting more of the forms. they won't be released until he is happy with them so its just a case of waiting.

The wild goose movement forms imitate wild goose's shape and activities so you can expect lots of wing flapping with neck and body turning. The intention is to gently stretch and relax the body while activating specific  acupoints to promote the sooth flow of internal energy, Qi,  along the channels and meridians in the body.

The dayan meditation techniques have their roots in Taoist and Buddhist origins and are designed to help develop sensitivity to our inner energy so that we  neither try to force our energy nor fix our attention on it. wild goose Qigong advocates "wu-wei" (doing nothing) and "tuo-yi" ("reduce one's awareness to the minimum").

Think "go with the flow" in a fluid,  graceful and fun way.



wild goose 1: 1st 64 movements

Physically this wild goose form rotates and moves all the major joints leading to increased flexibility, co-ordination and improved circulation of both qi and blood.

Dayan Qigong has movements that encourage the energy to move up and down the Central Channel, spreading the energy (qi) outwards and expanding it into a qi field.  Movements 1-36 of the form open and cleanse the 12 meridians while movements 37-44 are faster to deepen the cleansing and expel older toxins.

After cleansing, circular and spiral movements, create Micro-cosmic Orbits to improve our circulation of qi and blood - movements 45-55 replenish the energy supply by gathering and drawing in healthy qi. The remaining movements 56-64 balance and harmonise yin and yang energy in the body.

The first 64 movements set is often the first wild goose qigong that most people learn, however it is not the easiest of the sets. Dr. Hu often teaches wild goose 4 first along with the more generalized Flexibility qigong and then wild goose 1 and 2.



wild goose 2: 2nd 64 movements4

The 2nd 64 movements covers a complex range of techniques  including weight shifting - slightly different from traditional taiji weight distribution - coupled with changes of pace and emphasis in the center periphery - splitting movements.

The change of pace together with the weight shifting and stretching mean that special reverse breathing has to be used to create internal breathing space to allow the body to easily accommodate the turns and twists.

When the basic wild goose moves have been mastered the student moves on to incorporate visual imagery to enhance the circulation of qi internally and to interact with their external qi field.

All in all, not the easiest of forms to master - especially to the level where you can again appreciate its fun elements and revel in the fluidity of the movements.


wild goose 3:   Kunlun Bagua Qigong 

Lets be honest we all know how to walk - don't we - we do it all the time.

Walking Qigong teaches us differently.

In some ways this wild goose qigong revises the basics of fluid weight shifting, core stability and balance and adds the need to co-ordinate upper and lower body movement to both the turns of the hands and the turning of the body.

Its one of those simple things that is easy to describe but tricky to do well - until you "get it" At that point you wonder what took you so long.

 The coiling hand movements help balance the yin and yang energies and promote self-healing.

One of the main benefits is that once you are able to concentrate of the rhythm of walking in a circle you have the opportunity to clear your mind and meditate and so it becomes very relaxing.


wild goose 4:   Tripod  and Spiral

Possibly the best place to start learning dayan qigong.

There is a nice variety of wild goose movements allowing you to stretch and turn and wake up sleepy qi.

overall this set of exercises is said to  boost the immune system and improve mental clarity and focus . As a side benefit it helps to alleviate aches and pains form sore muscles and muscular tension.



wild goose 5:  Soft Palms

Soft Palms Qigong is an intermediate skill level qigong requiring a high degree of coordination and agility to keep the form flowing smoothly.

The trick is to keep the palms relaxed and soft while coordinating the the arms and legs in a "centering-expanding" rhythm making it very good for improving the circulation, especially to  fingers and toes.

We're told that these wild goose movements help open the acupoints in the wrist and so increases awareness of qi and its flow including opening the heart chakra leading to relief from anxieties and promoting a sense of well being and calm.


wild goose 6:  Patting the meridians

An exercise and meditation combo - who could ask for more?

Simply put, you pat the 12 meridians in a set sequence while walking a Kunlun Bagua circle.

On the outside the simple movements and meditative tempo make it a real pleasure to practice and because of its gentleness everyone can do it regardless of age or physical strength.

On the inside you can think of it as a workout for the meridians that unblocks stagnant qi in the 12 main meridians  allowing them to detox and nourish the internal organs. The process is also said to open the crown (bai-hui) and sole of foot bubbling well acupoints.

We learnt something very similar many years ago not realizing that we should be walking and that it was part of the wild goose system. So you might have come across is in a slightly different format.


wild goose 7   Back stretching

From the blurb ...wild goose Qigong VII stretches the spine and opens the Governing Vessel using a  deceptively simple Chinese figure eight movement to relax the entire waist and hips while Bagua walking.

The combination, of the walking, twining and dipping up and down improves body coordination, relaxation, and sensory-motor awareness.

Its said to be good for :

* lower back pain and shoulder pain
* stiff neck and knee problems
* spatial and body energy awareness


wild goose 8:  Five elements and Bagua

Five elements and bagua section of the wild goose qigong system is a showcase of how martial arts movements are incorporated into soft Qigong movements to enhance Qigong effects.

Learn the secret of how quick and linear movements can stimulate Qi to permeate to the body surface, and how soft and gentle movements can stimulate Qi to run deep to nourish internal organs.

Said to:

* Builds physical strength and stamina
* Exercises to brighten and sharpen eyesight and hearing
* Strengthens the governing vessel.


wild goose 9:   Aromatic qigong

From the blurb:  Chest opening aromatic Qigong, is an advanced Qigong designed to open up all your meridians and combine personal qi with the external qi  of the heavens and Earth (hun yun Qi).

Defined movements are used to generate the circulation of Qi to the open chest area, and the olfactory sensation of an aroma, real or imaginary, is used as a catalyst for further quieting and relaxing your mind and body.

This opens up the 14 main meridians to enable the Qi to move easily and smoothly inside and outside the body.

A major benefit of practicing this set from the wild goose qigong system is the enhanced  sensitivity to Qi and improve the ability to regulate qi.


wild goose 10:  wild goose Palms

Also known as wild goose Meditation 3- the big dipper. Uses specific  movements and  mantras to help circulate Qi along specific routes.


wild goose XI: Self-Cultivation Qigong

wild goose XI is an advanced qigong in the wild goose system it combining mudras, mantras, and Bagua steps with easy-flowing movements to calm the mind, increase focus and concentration and support the immune system.

Stating the advanced wild goose qigong early, after the first or second 64 set can help you understand   and appreciate the fundamental characteristics of wild goose.

It also helps you understand that wild goose qigong is a process oriented system rather than a goal oriented system.  ...

We think this means that how you take the journey is more important than reaching a specific destination - we could be wrong.....