At Fully Alive we teach Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung - as passed on to us by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit. These arts and skills were taught by Bodhidharma to the Shaolin monks around 1500 years ago. They include the techniques of the Eighteen Lohan Hands.
The Eighteen Lohan Hands is one of the physical forms used to develop and practice the skills of Chi Kung. The first eight of these forms are commonly known as the 8 Pieces of Brocade or Ba Duan Jin, which are practiced in various ways all over the world.
This page explains how the Eighteen Lohan Hands “fits into” the overall art of Chi Kung. It provides a video of each form and explains the holistic and thematic benefits.
Chi Kung means ‘skills in using energy’. These skills can be divided into broad groups: generating an energy flow, using energy to clear unhelpful things, increasing the quantity of energy, increasing the quality of energy and applying energy for various purposes. These skills can be developed in a variety of ways, often referred to as techniques.
At Fully Alive we talk a lot about Chi (or energy) flow. Most of us have experienced it in our lives - those moments when no thoughts, no emotions and no physical problems intrude and things just happen or flow more easily. The reason we emphasize energy flow is that it is the most important skill. All the benefits of these arts and all of the techniques depend on this fundamental skill. Without Chi Flow it is not Chi Kung as we understand it. And then the outcomes and benefits of practicing techniques are limited.
The Eighteen Lohan Hands is a set of techniques or physical forms. Practiced at the physical level they can help with postural alignment, flexibility and physical conditioning. When practiced using the skills of Chi Kung, and particularly the ability to generate energy flow, any and all of them can be used to clear illness, improve overall health, become more energetic and help with clarity of mind. These Chi Kung exercises can also be used to develop a joyful and open-hearted resonance with the world around us, and appreciation of life. These are the overall or holistic benefits of all genuine Chi Kung.
The following videos are a “record for posterity” of the outward forms of the Eighteen Lohan Hands, a reminder for those who already have the skills of energy flow and have learnt the technique, and they explain the thematic benefits associated with each technique.
However, the essence of the benefits of the Eighteen Lohan Hands is Chi (or energy) Flow. This can’t be adequately or reliably taught via a video or book. For this reason these videos should not be considered as a teaching video for anyone who doesn’t have the skill of Chi Flow.
We run courses, classes and retreats in developing the fundamental skills of Chi Kung, the techniques of the Eighteen Lohan Hands and how to get the benefits in everyday life. To find out more you can check the following links. You can also contact us (with questions of requests) and we will let you know when new classes and courses are announced.
Eighteen Lohan Hands Videos
Just as a reminder, when practiced as Chi Kung, all of the Eighteen Lohan Hands can be used to clear illness and improve overall health. Sometimes, under the direction of a teacher and/or Chi Healer, one of more of the techniques can be used to address specific needs. The information below and in the videos is for information rather than for people to self-diagnose and or practice.
For each of the Eighteen Lohan Hands there is a video showing the outward physical form of the technique, the thematic energy effect of the technique and a list of areas the technique can be used to address.
Just as another reminder, if practiced without direction these exercises generally achieve a limited effect and, at worse, if practiced incorrectly can have unhelpful results.
To get the benefits and to practice without harm it is necessary to have been taught and developed the skills of:
Standing in an uprighting and relaxing way
Absence of unnecessary tension
Coming to stillness
Chi Kung state of mind
Smiling from the Heart
Experiencing energy flow
Generating an energy flow
Generating a vigorous energy flow
Conscious flow appropriate to the outcome
These are the fundamental (or basic) skills of Chi Kung, which form the basis for further development of skills and techniques such as Small Universe, Bone Marrow Cleansing and Sinew Metamorphosis.
Eight Pieces of Brocade Videos
1. Lifting the Sky
2. Shooting Arrows
It works on all meridians and generates an over-all chi flow. Good for postural alignment, back and neck, allergies, fear, self confidence, stress relief, tinnitus, incontinence, haemorrhoids and first aid to injuries. This exercise is considered a wondrous exercise in our school.
This exercise activates chi flow and helps develop internal force. It is beneficial for heart, lungs and skin, and solving problems with high blood pressure and respiration. Its ability to improve memory, vitality, strength of arms and build confidence makes it an excellent exercise for martial artists and sports people.
3. Plucking Stars
4. Circulating Head
This exercise opens the meridians of the arms and legs. As it works on the eight-wonderous meridians this exercise supports longevity. It can be used to help digestion, over-eating, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach and acid reflux, yeast infections, vaginitis, ovarian cysts and diabetes. It also assists organ related conditions, spleen, gallbladder and pancreas. Sufferers of tennis elbow and lower-back pain will find relief as a result of doing this exercise.
This exercise sends energy down the central nervous system. It can assist; bone marrow, nervous system, brain, neuralgia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke recovery, headache, migraine, ears, eyes, face, neck, shoulders, spine, throat, thyroid issues, preventing cold and flu’s. It's also the recommended exercise for Bone Marrow Cleansing on the bone marrow level. If performed as Chi Kung this exercise especially must be learnt from a qualified teacher or master.
5. Big Turning of the Cosmos
6. Punching with Wide Eyes
By stimulating the Mingmen (Dantien) this exercise gives an energy boost - ideal when you need a 'pick me up'. Also known as Merry-go-round, this exercise works on organs at the abdomen - spleen, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and stomach. It can help with digestive disorders, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach, acid reflux. It also helps with overcoming worry, fear, anxiety, rheumatism, tinnitus, back pain and diabetes.
This exercise strengthens the heart and builds internal force for strong punches. But that’s not all, it also gives many health benefits by working on the liver and overcoming fear, tension, anger, frustration, depression and is great for stress relief. It also builds confidence in an ‘open hearted’ way. Whilst it is good for the heart, those with serious heart conditions should only perform and learn this from a qualified teacher or master.
7. Carrying the Moon
8. Nourishing Kidneys
Activates a strong energy flow and is helpful in developing Small Universe flow. It works on the back of the body and helps with neck, spine and back problems - herniated disks, good posture, scoliosis, sciatica. It also assists the nervous system, stroke recovery, neuralgia, Parkinson’s disease, emotional cleansing and can help create a 'fountain of youth’, letting one look young and beautiful with glowing energy. This exercise is also recommend for skills like Cosmic Shower and Bone Marrow Cleansing at the organ level.
This exercise sends chi down the legs and nourishes kidney energy. Therefore it is an excellent exercise for kidneys, sexual vitality, general vitality, emotional and psychological problems, fear, confidence, determination, concentration, intelligence, memory. It can also help with lower back conditions, sciatica, bones, muscles, hair loss, fertility, incontinence. Performed as high level Chi Kung this exercise can develop a strong energy flow, therefore is best learnt from a qualified teacher or master.
Eighteen Lohan Hands Videos [9-18]
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