On YouTube, these valuable, free qigong videos provide instruction by Master Lam Kam Chuen, who has moved to San Francisco recently from England. I have included all ten of the videos from his “Stand up, Stand Still” series here for reader’s convenience. The videos are well-produced and have valuable instruction on zhan zhuang, also known as standing qigong meditation and standing like a tree. There is also instruction in Eight Brocades Qigong. These videos, set in beautiful settings, are presented as a series for practice over a 10-day period. Please take the time to look at these videos and practice along with Master Lam. The master advises you not to sit and watch in each video. You can discover the power of the standing qigong practice form for healing and maintaining health.
Here, Master Lam continues with his description of the Wu Wei posture that has the hands at the sides of the body. He introduces a warm-up exercises where the arms do circles in a plane in front of the body. As with other videos in this series, his teacher, Professor Yu, discusses the background of standing qigong meditation. The comments from his students regarding the perception of others who are not familiar with this exercise form are interesting, but not unusual, as many people find these kinds of exercises unusual.
The Eight Brocades Qigong movement, supporting the sky, is presented at the beginning of this video. The next standing posture (Tan Po), holding the ballo0n in front of the heart is described. Hold the ballo0n gently, let it support your hands and let balloons support your elbows and your buttocks. Quote from this video, “it teaches you to be very patient.” He ends the video with a hip rotation exercise for warm ups.
Quote from this section, “stillness has become a forgotten art, we have become addicted to movement.” The “drawing the bow” movement for Eight Brocades is demonstrated. Additional details of the Tan Po posture are discussed. He does a hip rotation to finish after holding the balloon. A commentary on balanced carrying of shopping bags is illustrated.
In this video, Master Lam starts with the first part of the Eight Brocades qigong exercise set, a well-known and popular type of qigong exercise. Then, he introduces the third standing posture, holding the balloon in front of the face. At the end, he does a relaxing hip rotation movement.
The same standing posture is given that is in the previous video. Master Lam reminds one to keep a gentle focus with the eyes and a cheerful mood in the stance, breathing gently and steady. Another warm-up exercise with the hands going up above the head alternately is given. This exercise is good for the spleen and the stomach and is featured on pages 70 and 71 of his book, The Way of Energy.
Master Lam introduces the fifth Eight Brocades posture at the beginning. A new standing posture is introduced, where the hands are held out to the side of the body at waist level, with the palms facing downwards. Visualize balloons holding the hands and arms up. Swinging both arms like a clock pendulum in front of the body is introduced as a relaxing exercise to finish up.
The idea of Chinese medicine is to keep people healthy, as opposed to Western medicine which is geared at fixing sick people. The sixth Eight Brocades exercise is demonstrated and the same posture is shown as seen in Day 7.
This video and the next are done in Hong Kong. Master Lam talks about overcoming stress that is associated with city living. The punching movement of Eight Brocades is demonstrated at first. Holding the balloon in front of the belly is introduced.
In this last part of the series, Master Lam introduces a kidney, torso shaking exercise for helping release stress and warming up before standing in his fifth standing pose, where the hands are placed holding a balloon in front of the belly.
Recommendations for progressing through the series of exercises are also given towards the end of this video. Basically, practice each posture until you can get to 20 minutes comfortably and then progress to the next. Once you have progressed through all, then you can practice each for 5 minutes in series, although I recommend longer practice times of 10 minutes or more. Warm up before, and afterwards, cool down and relax. Stop practice if you get too hot or feel dizzy.
I strongly recommend that you integrate dissolving meditation into the standing practice. Its all about learning how to release. The dissolving process means to hold steady attention (not thinking) on various points of the body and feel for blockages. Once you have identified blockages, anything that doesn’t feel right – warmth, cold, strength or weakness. Maintain your attention on these areas to allow that feeling to pass, dissolve, release and become spacious. Start the dissolving meditation at the crown of the head, or bai hui acupressure point. Work down the body, holding your attention at least all of these points: the crown, the forehead, eyes, jaw, tongue, base of the neck, throat, shoulders, chest, arms, hands and fingers, the back, the belly, the hips and groin, the upper legs, knees, shins and calves, ankles, top and bottom of the feet, toes and then into the ground, your root. Lastly, relax your mind and the vertebrae in the spine. Lightly dissolve everything first and then go back upward and work your way down for a deeper dissolving. Do not return to an area above a point during the meditation. You will encounter many sensations, but do not make anything of it as it is just energy.
Final note: On the YouTube site, is noted that these postures and movements aid in the burning of fat. I am sure that they do, they do require strength to hold them and they will help burn excess energy you have in your body. I do know that they help improve balance, energy and general feelings of well-being. You will find testimonials within these videos from his students, where they extoll the benefits for dealing with low energy, asthma and stressful situations.
Some of Master Lam’s works are given below. The Eight Brocades qigong exercises are given in The Way of Energy book. He has also published a DVD called Step-by-Step Tai Chi, as show below. If you are interested in purchasing or reviewing these items on Amazon, just click on the images below.