Yoga, t'ai chi, and qigong are by far the most practiced forms of physical, mental, and energetic exercises in the world. And this is not a new phenomenon. It's been so for thousands of years.
They are truly the most advanced achievement in body exercise and mind conditioning ever to be developed.
Western forms of exercise USE or EXPEND our energy.
Yoga, t'ai chi and qigong BUILD UP our CHI or ENERGY.
They give us amazing amounts of ENERGY we can then use to do everything else we love-play, sing, eat, dance, study, read--EVERYTHING!
There are thousands of forms of yoga, t'ai chi and qigong.
In some forms, yoga poses are held like beautiful statues.
Others use very fluid circular movements to increase our chi.
T'ai chi sword is like a choreographed dance.
But frolicking like an animal is the most fun, creative, beneficial, child-friendly form ever created AND, it's the oldest--originated over 1,900 years ago, hundreds of years before yoga and t'ai chi.
Imitating a bird, bear, monkey, deer, and tiger for optimum physical and mental health was the brilliant idea of one of China's greatest physicians, Hua Tuo, who lived a healthy, productive life for over 100 years.
This patriarch of Chinese medicine and great qigong master said, "Man's body must have exercise, but it should never be done to the point of exhaustion. Now I have created the art called the Frolics of the Five Animals. It eliminates sickness, benefits the legs, and is also a form of bending and stretching exercise. If you feel out of sorts, just practice one of my Frolics. A gentle sweat will exude, the complexion will become rosy, the body will feel light, and you will want to eat."
The time-tested, proven benefits of animal frolicking, a staple of modern Chinese culture and medical qigong, go far beyond medical miracles and can be experienced by children of all ages.
One teacher said, "Even if children experience only a moment of personal peace consciously pretending to be animals, it's something they can take through life. This is a tool to help people."
Frolicking gives every child the incredible opportunity to become the wizard of their own world, the queen of their own kingdom, the master of their own mind, the king of their own jungle.
Children love playing with or pretending to be animals-twisting, bending, moving, jumping and freezing in stillness.
As children joyfully stalk the jungle like a tiger, forage for honey like a bear, swing through the trees like a monkey, soar high like an eagle, glide gracefully through the woods like a deer, swim and roar like a dragon, and pound their chest like a gorilla, they will be developing their body and mind in the easiest, yet most profound, way possible!
Our children are special gifts-innocent gifts. They absorb everything, absolutely everything, they see and hear.
Just as a sponge releases the same water it soaks up, whether that water is pure or filthy, the daily habits your children adopt early in life, along with the actions and words they see or hear from you, relatives, friends, television, teachers, movies and more will one day be released by your children.
Just by having fun, pretending to be these special chi animals that were created thousands of years ago, your children are naturally and easily developing their minds and bodies, learning social and behavioral skills, connecting their inner world with the outer world, and absorbing values and habits that will serve them throughout their life.
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Originally shared at my EZine Articles.