Forever young.

September 28, 2009


The Crane is legendary in China for being the prince of all feathered creature on earth. Next to the Phoenix , the Crane is the most favored all Chinese bird symbols. The Crane is the ancient symbol for longevity because of its exceptionally long life span. In many legends, the spirits ride on cranes, which are also said to bear the souls of the departed to the heavens.


The tortoise represents longevity, of steadfast effort, of deliberate action that inevitably leads to success. The combination of the Dragon and Tortoise combines the qualities of both animals into a potent symbol of success and longevity.

Usually associated with “longevity”, the crane and tortoise have inspired many breathing calisthenics and qigong throughout the ages of Chinese history.

This book, written about “Tortoise Crane Qigong” must be a first featuring both animals jointly in one form.

Hey, if one founders, there’s backup ……good, especially if you are planning on staying on planet earth for a protracted period of time.

But seriously, look at 2nd paragraph of  the 1st page , the line that begins with “According to the classics, breathing in is living and spitting out is dying”…..

The author goes on to explain that a child breathes in more, at midlife there is balance of in/out and after that, it’s mainly “spitting out”.

Many breathing qigong forms, including the one in the book, teach you to keep “breathing in” even until advanced age.

Errrrh, I am no expert but isn’t it true that when you don’t breathe in, it’s kaput time?

Anyway ….. Pages from the book:-

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