About Breath Work ~ Qigong...
Li Ching-Yuen was born in 1678 A.D. and died
in 1928 at the age of 250 years old. Li was a herbalist, and Chi
Kung Master and lived in the mountains most of his life.
After his death, General Yang investigated Li's background to verify
his true age and determined Li was telling the truth. He authored a
report "A Factual Account of the 256 Year Old Good Luck Man," below
is his picture:
"As copied from The Complete Book of Chinese
Health and Healing by Daniel Reid"
Li Ching-Yuen was born in 1678, during the
seventeenth year of the Manchu Emperor Kang Shi's Reign. He left
home at an early age and traveled around southern China with a group
of itinerant herb traders, from whom he learned the basics of
Subsequently, Li had the good fortune to meet
several highly accomplished Taoist masters, who taught him internal
alchemy and chi-gung and showed him how to utilize diet and herbal
supplements for health and longevity. Master Li was not a celibate.
Over the course of his long life he married 14 times, and by the
time of his death in 1933, he counted almost 200 living descendants
within his extended family.
After his death, modern scholars confirmed
his identity, traced his life all the way back to the year of his
birth, and conclusively verified his lifespan. Master Lee's life
demonstrates how well Taoist longevity techniques work when properly
Master Li continued to take long hikes in the
mountains until the final years of his life; he remained sexually
active for over two centuries, never became senile and died with all
of his own teeth and most of his hair.
Master Li's Diet, occasional small bits
of meat. He was not a strict vegetarian. Limited intake of grains
and root vegetables. His daily diet consisted mostly of fruit
lightly steamed vegetables.
Master Li's Herbal Supplements, Ginseng, Gotu
Kola, Polygonum Multiflorum, and Garlic. There was also a
recipe for a Spring Tonic concocted by Master Li.
From the Ancient Secrets of Youth by Peter Kelder Practicing
Tai Chi Ch'uan Every Day - For 120 Years As
with Qigong, Tai Chi Ch'uan is part of a Chinese system of health
and longevity practices based on maximizing the circulation of life
energy for improved health and rejuvenation. According to
Master Da Liu, who introduced Tai Chi to the United States in the
1950s, it is a "detailed system of slow, flowing, and subtly
configured motions." Like the Five Rites, it is a relaxing and
toning series of exercises that releases life energy into the mind
body, and thus has numerous physiological benefits.
In his late 80s, Da Liu was still teaching
Tai Chi to American students. Da Liu has a remarkable tale
about his teacher, Li Ch'ing Yuen, who was born in 1678 in China. He
married fourteen times, had 180 direct descendants spanning eleven
generations, and lived to be 256 years old, according to Da Liu.
Three years before his death in 1933, a Chinese General met Li
Ch'ing Yuen and later described his physical appearance: He has good
eyesight and a brisk stride; lie stands seven feet tall, has very
long fingernails, and a ruddy complexion.
Many of Li's disciples were over 100 years
old. What was the secret to his longevity? When he was 130
years old, he encountered a very old man in the mountains.
This man claimed to be 500 years old and attributed his longevity to
having practiced a set of exercises similar to Tai Chi Ch'uan.
Called Ba-Kua, they included specific sounds, breathing
instructions, dietary, and herbal recommendations.
The mountain hermit taught these to Li Ch'ing
Yuen and he taught them to Da Liu. "My longevity," Master Li Ch'ing
Yuen said, "is due to the fact that I performed the exercises every
day--regularly, correctly, and with sincerity--for 120 years." The
best time, he noted, was between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. when he
repeated each exercise two to six times. This is similar to
Colonel Bradfords advice to Peter Kelder and his students: practice
daily and build to 21 times for each of the Five Rites. This
regularity, claimed Bradford, will produce a powerful effect that
increases with time. What shall we make of these fabulous
tales? It appears that the human body has a great number of
energy channels through which life energy moves and changes.
Over the years, adepts in this tradition developed exercises that
would maximize this energy flow and distribution for greater health,
awareness, and vitality in these traditions, whether it's China or
Tibet, longevity is a science, not a gift of fate. Both the
Chinese exercises and Colonel Bradford's Five Rites have us twisting
and turning and stretching. They seem to compress, stimulate,
and tone your acupoints, energy gates, and chakras. All of
this releases dormant Qi, or prana, or life energy, much like a
fountain spraying you with the precious waters of vigor and long