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    fttfbass is offline Senior Member
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    I'm not completely sure which Qigong product would suit me best. I have $48.25 sitting in my paypal account, so that's what I have to spend at the moment. I have a fairly labor intensive fulltime job, train MMA 3x's a week, and workout 3x's a week. I've been fairly stressed lately and my depression (runs in both sides of my family) is kicking into overdrive with physical symptoms that make my daily life extremely difficult to get through (I'm already on more pills than I'd like to be at the moment). I need something to help balance me out a little. I already know some other changes that I need to make in my life, but would like to add something such as Qigong into my daily routine. I have a little bit of experience with Qigong from my IKFF cert and it did make me feel pretty good after long 8 hour days throwing a pair of kettlebells around.

    My question is, which DVD or book do you think would suit me best? I'm leaning towards Serenity, but would appreciate any advice from someone who is more experienced.
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    I really think when it comes to qigong, what you do is less important than how you do it and your state of mind at the moment. I encourage people to join a local class if at all possible. There is the social component (esp. since you mentioned depression), and the collective intention of a group practice is also very powerful. You can try to remember some moves from a class and then practice at home; when in doubt, make it up. And I say this with all earnestness, move and breathe in a way that is relaxing for you!
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    Cecilia says good things, of course.

    To answer your question, I think your idea of the Serenity Qigong DVD is a great one. Although I don't watch the DVD often any longer, it's only because I've long since memorized it.

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    I would say in all sincerity and making no attempt to put anyone down that the best thing to do would be to find a teacher and learn properly. It always makes me smile when this comes up on this forum--people say that one really needs to see an RKC or get a "functional movement screening" to learn how to swing a cannon ball with a handle on it but when it comes to learning sophisticated methods to stimulate and develop the energetic systems of the body...a DVD will suffice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Fleming View Post
    I would say in all sincerity and making no attempt to put anyone down that the best thing to do would be to find a teacher and learn properly. It always makes me smile when this comes up on this forum--people say that one really needs to see an RKC or get a "functional movement screening" to learn how to swing a cannon ball with a handle on it but when it comes to learning sophisticated methods to stimulate and develop the energetic systems of the body...a DVD will suffice!

    Well, the best will always be a qualified teacher. But I believe it's completely possible to learn from dvd's. The vast majority of people who use kettlebells will never see an RKC. Pavel's materials are great for learning, and I think John DuCane's qigong videos are excellent too. At least as a place to start and develop a foundation. If the dvd is quality, with good instruction, and the student makes an honest attempt to learn, I think it's completely possible. JMO.

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    i like John's Qi Gong Recharge the best. Get that one
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    No fave on the DVDs, but just a note of encouragement to do it...qigong is amazing stuff. I do it as part of a taiji class, but agree that it's possible to get a lot of benefit from self-learning.

    And a little off topic, but don't forget those rest days...it looks like you're doing a lot of training. Another way to "recharge". Good luck with whichever route you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pesce View Post
    No fave on the DVDs, but just a note of encouragement to do it...qigong is amazing stuff. I do it as part of a taiji class, but agree that it's possible to get a lot of benefit from self-learning.

    And a little off topic, but don't forget those rest days...it looks like you're doing a lot of training. Another way to "recharge". Good luck with whichever route you go.
    I went with Serenity. I can't wait to receive it. Unfortunately, Sundays are my only complete rest day right now. I did just get a position at my job that isn't near as physical. I deal with much heavier stuff now, so I just operate the machines to do the work for me. I'm also leaving for the beach tomorrow morning. So, it should be a nice relaxing week.
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