Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Not impressed.....don't waste your money and time.
S. Gilbert | Denver, Co | 04/11/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I rarely write a review for a product, but felt it necessary in this case. The teacher, John Ardo, may in fact be an expert on Qigong, but he does not display anything of value pertaining to Qigong in this particular DVD. He does not even mention the word "Qi"...what it is, how to cultivate it, how to direct it. All of these are what Qigong truly is about. The DVD simply takes you through several basic exercises without even discussing breathing techniques...visualization....or any of the important concepts that are so integral in practicing Qigong. I would not recommend this DVD even to a beginner. There are many other DVDs out there that are much better, i.e., John P. Milton's "Qi Gong for Live" series, Dr. Paul Lam's DVDs, or Terence Dunn's Chi Kung series. Anything from Master Mantak Chia, book or DVD, is money well spent."
Are you serious???
Hundun | Sacramento, CA | 01/07/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"i am SO glad i was able to borrow this video from my local library! yet even though i didn't waste any money, i feel the need to mourn those 15 minutes that i will never get back.
the first time around i honestly thought the dvd was defective or something to just cut out and return to the menu screen before the exercises were even presented. on second look, however, i realized that the warm up WAS the exercises!
if you know how to loosen up your ankles and knees, stretch your neck, wring out your arms, and shake your body a little, then you don't need to buy this video. with the exception of shaking, which most people can do instinctively, these are NOT qigong exercises! they're literally joint loosening warm-ups that you may find at the start of ANY exercise class.
he should be ashamed of himself for making this video; there is NO defensible reason to label this qigong, and then to offer NO substantive content at all. not even breathing. NOTHING.
please, please, don't waste your money."
QiGong is not like fast food
P. Yu | Philadelphia, PA. USA | 08/15/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Five minutes of even effective, intensive Qi Gong exercises can hardly help much. I recommend the series (Exercises to Heal) by Lee Holden, introduced on PBS. The exercises are exquisitely taught in the midst of a moving stream with soft music -- the movement of nature matching the movement of the exercise. Also excellent and more academic in approach is QiGong Beginning Practice (a two disc set) with Francesco Garripoli. The first disc has an introduction and the regular set of exercises, from which one can choose a few or do all. The background is misty and high in the mountains. The second disc is an award winning documentary showing history of QiGong, its role today in modern China as preventative medicine."
Elegant and clear guidance.
Edith Catto | Baltimore, MD | 02/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Qigong is a life transforming practice that everyone can follow. Karl's "QiGong: A Guide to Well Being" serves as both an introduction and a reference for either the beginner or the serious practitioner. The DVD provides clear, encouraging, and easy to follow instruction on the basic opening exercises. No one could ask for a better guide or teacher than Karl for exploring and developing a personal practice of qigong and this DVD captures as much of Karl's spirit and power as the medium allows. As I continue to develop my practice, the DVD continually surprises me by allowing me new insights and ideas as my level of health and ability continues to improve. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who is interested in Qigong on any level."