Thanks Max for clearing “some” things up. I still have some questions for anyone at all who has tried Michael’s and Chias fundamentals. Is it worth buying fundamentals #1 if you’ve already done Chia’s version of them. I ask because Michael’s look more advanced. Also, is it good to get internal qi breathing and rooting because the counter-force breathing intrigues me from what I’ve read about it. Is counter-force breathing a big help for internal martial artists?
Thanks for reading this far and any answers would be appreciated! With smiles!!!
I worked for years with Mantak Chia’s tapes before discovering Michael Winn. Michael has a much less “in the head” approach in general and the techniques are more elloquent and grounded. The level of “advanced” is up to you. I though the animal movents were silly when first learning them but now concder them quite brilliant adn deeply moving. Movement, color, sound, intent… very powerful.
It the very least i would recommend Checking out Winn’s Fundamentals 2 Microcosmic Orbit. Certainly his version was easier to get for me than Chia’s.
The counterforce breath is just one type of breath. It certainly is powerful and useful for really moving the qi. I would think any one that breathes would find a use for it. I use it in several meditaions. These techniques are on Winn’s Fundamentals 3 cd’s.
There is an excellent new dvd for the Fundamentals called “Ocean, Sky and Great Heart Breathing” which is an alchemical breath ceremony, (also dubbed correctly “blissful breathing” qigong)
hope that helps
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