Qi Gong for Healthy Joints & BonesLee Holden
Year Released: 2007
Categories: Tai Chi / Qigong
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This has already been detailed so I'll just add that I enjoyed this one a lot and found it to be relaxing. He works the neck, arms , wrists, ankles..lots of twists that are active - you're moving the hips with the arms going around at different heights for instance. One of my favorite moves was near the end with the arms - trying to keep the palm faceup while doing a rotation from the back hip to the opposite shoulder above the head - hard to explain but it was fun! I felt nicely stretched. This one also has whre you can pick which specific part you want along with how long the section is - I chose to do the entire workout.
I enjoy Lee Holden- he does voiceover and has a nice soothing voice. He dresses in loose clothing - usually shorts or pants and a t-shirt of some sort. Nothing distracting and he seems to be focused on the workout and not trying to impress anyone.
Note: I received a free review copy of this DVD from the website metapsychologyonline.net.
This DVD from Pacific Healing Arts is part of a series of videos offered by Lee Holden, an instructor of both Qi Gong and Tai Chi who has appeared regularly on PBS. Qi Gong for Healthy Joints and Bones is designed to increase mobility in the joints, enhance flexibility throughout the body, and cultivate greater energy. Holden instructs via voiceover, providing mirrored cueing, and the workout is filmed outdoors in a tranquil pond setting.
The Main Menu of the DVD offers options for Play All, Introduction, Routines, Bonus Features, or How to Use this DVD. The Routines submenu also has an option to Play All; alternatively the viewer can choose from amongst the following individual body segments: Neck & Shoulders, Spine, Elbows, Wrists, Hips, Knees & Ankles, Bones, or Combination. In the workout, Holden begins with gentle stretches to open up the chest and upper body and allow freer breathing. Next, he slowly moves into slightly more intense stretching work for the spine, neck, and shoulders. Exercises such as “Knocking on the Door of Life” and “Turtle Neck” really help to create a nice sense of opening throughout the entire upper body region. (Note: Holden supplies names for only some of the 24 exercises, but the entire list is printed in the included DVD insert.) Gradually traveling down the body, Holden focuses on each area in turn, performing circles of the elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. After about 25 minutes of targeted work, Holden shakes out the entire body, building energy, and then he performs a few additional minutes of full-body stretches. The final portion of this 33.5 minute routine consists mainly of flowing arm movements combined with breathing; Holden asks the viewer to concentrate on drawing a golden light into the body and to notice the relaxation which results from this.
The Bonus Features of this DVD include a 23-minute interview with Holden in which he addresses topics such as Qi Gong and pain management, weight loss, stress, and yoga. There is also a section with onscreen Guidelines and Tips for practicing Qi Gong plus a short (4.5 minutes) Behind the Scenes Footage segment which includes both film and still footage from Holden’s Qi Gong II series; these amusing little fragments come across much like a bloopers reel and are fun to watch.
Overall, I found this DVD to be an excellent means to gently increase blood flow to the entire body. I think that the practice would be appropriate for a wide audience, from those with more limited mobility to more regular exercisers wanting to ensure that their joints remain healthy and supple. No prior experience with Qi Gong is necessary to complete this routine, and I highly recommend it.
Lee teaches via voiceover, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that he uses mirror cueing. He comes a cross as a bit serious, almost business-like, but I didn't mind this at all.