“Langer thuis wonen begint met bewegen. Blijf soepel met Dayan Qigong, dat is de basis voor zelfstandigheid.”


Lessen worden nog steeds gegeven op het Maerlant Lyceum, Johannes Bildersstraat 11, Den Haag en wijkcentrum Bouwlust, aan de Eekhoornrade 215 in 2544 VS Den Haag. Gelieve de dagen, kosten en de uren per email of telefoon aan te vragen. Ook geef ik nu les aan senioren "Slim Oud".

Over Slim Oud:
In de 3-delige programmaserie 'Slim Oud' zet de Haagse kok Pierre Wind zich in om ouderen gezonder te laten leven. Want uit onderzoek blijkt dat meer dan de helft van de ouderen te zwaar is. Zijn persoonlijke missie is vanaf donderdag 18 september te zien op TV West. Pierre: "Ik schrok me helemaal kapot"

Pierre Wind Cijfers van de Gemeenschappelijke Gezondheidsdienst (GGD) laten zien dat ruim 50% van de ouderen te zwaar is. Pierre Wind: “Ik schrok me helemaal kapot van deze uitkomst en wilde meteen iets betekenen voor de oudere mensen “. De serie laat oplossingen zien waarmee Pierre ouderen ‘beweegt’ om gezonder te eten en te bewegen.
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Rabin Baldewsingh is wethouder SWWS (Sociale zaken, Werkgelegenheid, Wijkaanpak en Sport).

"Neem de verantwoordelijkheid voor je gezondheid in eigen handen. Leer bewust omdaan met je denken en je lichaam. Langer thuis wonen begint met bewegen. Blijf soepel met Dayan Qigong, dat is de basis voor zelfstandigheid."

Dayan Qigong - De 1e set 64 bewegingen

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Dayan Qigong of Qigong van de Wilde Gans is een oude Chinese bewegingsvorm met als doel het verkrijgen en onderhouden van een goede gezondheid en soepele spieren en het bereiken van een hoge leeftijd. Door gerichte lichaamsoefeningen wordt Qi, de universele levensenergie, in het lichaam in balans gebracht. Dit boek biedt informatie over het ontstaan en de basisprincipes van Dayan Qigong en is bedoeld als naslagwerk voor beoefenaars van Dayan Qigong.

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Tai chi for medical conditions

This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.

Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion", but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.

In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, "white crane spreads its wings" — or martial arts moves, such as "box both ears." As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.

"A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age," says Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Program at Harvard Medical School's Osher Research Center. An adjunct therapy is one that's used together with primary medical treatments, either to address a disease itself or its primary symptoms, or, more generally, to improve a patient's functioning and quality of life.

When combined with standard treatment, tai chi appears to be helpful for several medical conditions.
For example:

Arthritis. In a 40-person study at Tufts University, presented in October 2008 at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, an hour of tai chi twice a week for 12 weeks reduced pain and improved mood and physical functioning more than standard stretching exercises in people with severe knee osteoarthritis. According to a Korean study published in December 2008 in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, eight weeks of tai chi classes followed by eight weeks of home practice significantly improved flexibility and slowed the disease process in patients with ankylosing spondylitis, a painful and debilitating inflammatory form of arthritis that affects the spine.

Low bone density. A review of six controlled studies by Dr. Wayne and other Harvard researchers indicates that tai chi may be a safe and effective way to maintain bone density in postmenopausal women. A controlled study of tai chi in women with osteopenia (diminished bone density not as severe as osteoporosis) is under way at the Osher Research Center and Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Breast cancer. Tai chi has shown potential for improving quality of life and functional capacity (the physical ability to carry out normal daily activities, such as work or exercise) in women suffering from breast cancer or the side effects of breast cancer treatment. For example, a 2008 study at the University of Rochester, published in Medicine and Sport Science, found that quality of life and functional capacity (including aerobic capacity, muscular strength, and flexibility) improved in women with breast cancer who did 12 weeks of tai chi, while declining in a control group that received only supportive therapy.

Heart disease. A 53-person study at National Taiwan University found that a year of tai chi significantly boosted exercise capacity, lowered blood pressure, and improved levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, and C-reactive protein in people at high risk for heart disease. The study, which was published in the September 2008 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found no improvement in a control group that did not practice tai chi.

Heart failure. In a 30-person pilot study at Harvard Medical School, 12 weeks of tai chi improved participants' ability to walk and quality of life. It also reduced blood levels of B-type natriuretic protein, an indicator of heart failure. A 150-patient controlled trial is under way.

Hypertension. In a review of 26 studies in English or Chinese published in Preventive Cardiology (Spring 2008), Dr. Yeh reported that in 85% of trials, tai chi lowered blood pressure — with improvements ranging from 3 to 32 mm Hg in systolic pressure and from 2 to 18 mm Hg in diastolic pressure.

Parkinson's disease. A 33-person pilot study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, published in Gait and Posture (October 2008), found that people with mild to moderately severe Parkinson's disease showed improved balance, walking ability, and overall well-being after 20 tai chi sessions.

Sleep problems. In a University of California, Los Angeles, study of 112 healthy older adults with moderate sleep complaints, 16 weeks of tai chi improved the quality and duration of sleep significantly more than standard sleep education. The study was published in the July 2008 issue of the journal Sleep.

Stroke. In 136 patients who'd had a stroke at least six months earlier, 12 weeks of tai chi improved standing balance more than a general exercise program that entailed breathing, stretching, and mobilizing muscles and joints involved in sitting and walking. Findings were published in the January 2009 issue of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.
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Older Women Take to Tai Chi for Exercise - Study

Fri Feb 18, 2005 06:42 PM ET By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The gentle, flowing movements of tai chi may offer older women an exercise program they can live with, researchers said Friday.

In a study of 27 older Chinese women with risk factors for heart disease, researchers found that all but one woman completed their 12-week tai chi program -- a completion rate not usually seen in similar exercise studies.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese practice that focuses on building strength, balance and flexibility through slow, fluid movements combined with mental imagery and deep breathing. Studies have suggested that the elderly can reduce their risk of falls, lower their blood pressure and ease arthritis symptoms through the practice, and some research indicates tai chi can improve heart and blood vessel function in both healthy people and those with heart conditions.

Tai chi can be as intense a workout for the heart as brisk walking -- a form of exercise commonly advocated for older adults -- and could serve as an alternative to the treadmill, according to Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae, a doctoral candidate at the University of California San Francisco and co-author of the new study.

The rate of satisfaction with the tai chi program in this study was "very high," she told Reuters Health, in large part because the exercise was "culturally appropriate" for the women.

But that does not mean women of other ethnic backgrounds won't take to tai chi, Taylor-Piliae said, noting that the study classes have continued as community classes and have grown in diversity.

She presented the study results Friday in Orlando at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke.

The study involved older Chinese women living in San Francisco who had one major risk factor for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. For 12 weeks, the women took one-hour tai chi classes three times a week at a community center.

None of the women, according to Taylor-Piliae, fell or suffered an injury, and only one woman dropped out of the classes. That so many women stuck with the program is important, she said, because women, in particular, often drop out of such exercise studies -- typically at rates of 40 percent or more.

Many factors, Taylor-Piliae said, could have kept the women interested in tai chi. Besides the relevance to the women's culture, the classes had a social aspect and were held in a community center that was easy for them to get to.

She recommended that older people who wish to try tai chi should take classes in the Yang style, which uses particularly gentle movement. In general, experts advise the elderly to look for classes where the instructor has experience working with older students and knows how to modify movements for those with physical limitations.
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Dana-Faber Cancer Institute

May 26, 2010

To honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the Zakim Center’s 10th Anniversary, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute hosted a special program to celebrate Chinese Culture of Synergy of Mind, Body and Soul on May 26, 2010. Dr. Yang Yang and Taichi/Qigong Master Ramel “Rami” Rones were invited to give speeches on the ancient Chinese healing arts of Taichi and Qigong for cancer treatment.

Since its founding in 1947, Dana-Farber of Boston, MA has been committed to providing cancer patients with the best treatment while developing tomorrow's cures through cutting-edge research. The Institute has nearly 4,000 employees and medical professionals in supporting nearly over 300,000 patient visits a year. It is involved in some 700 clinical trials, and is internationally renowned for its blending of research and clinical excellence. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), a federally designated comprehensive cancer center. The Leonard P. Zakim Center is part of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for Integrative Therapies and provides complementary therapies to patients and their families. The Zakim Center offers education on complementary therapies to patients, families, and staff, and advances knowledge of the effectiveness and outcomes of these therapies through peer-reviewed, evidence-based clinical research.

Dr. Yang Yang

Dr. Yang Yang (photoed by Benny Lapid)

Trained in China under several of the 18th generation grandmasters of the Chen style, Master Yang Yang was a three-time Taichi champion at the Shanghai collegiate tournament and former instructor at the Shanghai Chen Style Taichi research association. To understand the power and mechanics of Taichi and Qigong beyond traditional frameworks, Master Yang completed a doctorate degree in kinesiology at the University of Illinois, where he serves as an adjunct faculty. His research focuses directly on the mechanisms and benefits of traditional Taichi/Qigong. Yang’s detailed study of Taichi/Qigong from these commanding points of view—as a master practitioner and as a scientific researcher—uniquely enable him to clarify and/or demystify what are often obscure points of theory and practice and to serve as a bridge between the Eastern/traditional and Western/academic fields. He is the author of Taichiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power and is currently the Director of the Center for Taichi & Qigong Studies, New York, NY. His presentation topic was No Pain, More Gain: Methods and benefits of traditional Taichi/Qigong and potential for cancer survivors.

Dr. Yang Yang pointed out that Qigong is traditionally considered the “effective ingredient” of Taichi practice—essential for efficient practice and healing benefits. All cancer treatments (chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery) all have long-term and late side effects which cause fatigue, neuropathy, Chemobrain, heart failure, osteoporosis, reduced lung capacity, intestinal problems, memory loss, chronic pain, and Lymphedema. Taichi/Qigong’s principles include relaxation, positive outlook, harmony, and nurturing. Therefore, there is no pain in practicing Taichi/Qigong. It has been proven that it has primary benefits of postural control/balance, strength/power, sensitivity/awareness, flexibility, coordination, agility, reaction time, and confidence. It also provides therapeutic benefits of improving cardio-respiratory function, immune function, cognitive function, quality of sleep, constipation/bowel function, stress/anxiety, dementia, arthritis, and pain. Therefore, Taichi/Qigong is ideal for cancer survivors to improve their health and reduce the long-term and late side effects.

Master Rami Rones

Master Rami Rones

Ramel ‘Rami’ Rones moved to Boston from Israel in 1983 to study martial arts with renowned traditional Chinese Master, Dr. Yang Jwing Ming. After years of winning gold medals in both China and the United States, Ramel now focuses his efforts on helping people with situations such as cancer, arthritis, aging, injuries, and stress. He is a scientific consultant of mind/body therapies at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools, as well as the co-author of numerous scientific publications. He lectures and instructs the techniques of the eastern Internal Arts in hospitals, institutions, and schools around the world. In addition to contributing articles to medical publications, Ramel has been featured on international television (CNN, National Geographic), in newspapers (The Boston Globe), magazines (Inside Kung Fu), books, and videos. His presentation topic was Complementing Cancer Therapy with Eastern Arts: Taichi/Qigong as a mind-body healing and support mechanism.

Ramel highlighted that the goals of the mind/body approach are that the body strives to attain its maximum physical potential design to create the “best environment” for all systems to function at their fullest, the mind recognizes what is viewed in the East as two minds (the emotional mind and the wisdom mind), breathing is a tool to capture both minds, the spirit raises and cools as needed, and energy is the product of the other building blocks regulated balanced and in harmony with each other and the forces around them. He shared the result of a pilot study of a 12-week Qigong practice for metastatic breast cancer patients sponsored by the Zakim Center. It shows that Qigong is a very mild exercise, even patients suffering from dyspnea and pain, and patients undergoing active cancer treatment were able to participate in the exercise program. The program is safe and it helped patients to improve their muscle strength and reduce their anxiety and depression.

Yang Rosental Rami
With the hard work that James Chen, Senior Research Data Specialist & Clinical Research Coordinator & Tumor Bank Administrator at Dana-Farber Cancer Instituteand the chair of the committee and his team for several months, the celebrating program was a great success. The staff and patients at Dana-Farber crowded the meeting room (see the jam-packed auditorium picture photoed by Sam Ogden below). The meeting organizers had to send people away once the room was full. The response to the presentation was overwhelming. DR. David Rosenthal (in the middle of the photo above photoed by Sam Ogden), M.D., past president of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and director and CEO of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), medical director of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies praised both Master Rami and Dr. Yang's work. Dr. Yang felt it was very rewarding to see how much the participants appreciate ancient Chinese healing arts.

Packed auditorium

Packed auditorium (photoed by Katie)

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FitzGerald Emerson College - January 28, 2007

A cancer survivor closes her eyes and inhales slow, deep breaths. Her arms raise and her hands come together. She imagines gathering wheat in a field. Bringing her hands to her face, she smells the wheat. Slowly, the landscape changes to snow-capped mountains. She feels a cold breeze brush her cheek. She brings her hands together and pushes them apart, separating the mountains. She exhales and brings her hands to her sides. Her mind is clear. She sees clouds above her. The sky turns from brown to green to light blue and then back to white.

“It takes me to a different place. It is about cleaning your body out and getting rid of all the bad qi and cancers and poisons,” says cancer survivor Diane Cotting, describing the ancient Chinese exercise called qigong. She says she has practiced the exercise for several years and has seen qigong help cancer patients.

“My friend Kim, who was a runner, had lung cancer, and it was wrapped around her spinal column,” Cotting says. “When they tried to remove the cancer, they nicked her spinal column and her leg was bad. The qigong instructor was working with her on balance. She started walking slowly, and then she got back into jogging again before she died, which is huge,” she says.

Qigong is the Eastern science of human energy. Qi, in Chinese medical philosophy, is the energy found in all living things, while gong is the self-discipline required to build positive energy. The martial art known as Tai Chi is a type of Qigong. Qigong exercise divides the body into five building blocks: body, breath, mind, energy and spirit. Through a series of Tai Chi-type movements, synchronized breathing, mental focus and imagery, participants can strengthen all five building blocks.

Qigong is gaining acceptance as a conjunctive form of therapy for cancer patients. At Dana Farber’s Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, cancer patients can participate in qigong classes as they undergo chemotherapy and other Western treatments. Ramel Rones, a qigong master, has studied qigong for over 15 years and teaches classes at Dana Farber. He hopes to scientifically demonstrate the efficacy of mind-body techniques on cancer patients.

Dr. Ursula Matulonis, medical director of the gynecological oncology program at Dana Farber, says qigong is safe and well tolerated by patients. Dr. Matulonis and Rones agree that in conjunction with Western medicine, qigong is an excellent mind-body therapy. “I don’t want to see people that don’t use me as a complementary therapy because I am a firm believer in the full package. I believe in the strength of western medicine,” he says.

Cotting, who has been a rower since college, says qigong energized her and made her strong, qualities she lost during her chemotherapy treatments and surgeries.

“When your body is covered in stitches and incisions or you’re on different medications, it is really difficult to do energetic or athletic moves. When doing Qigong, I could really feel the burn in my arms and legs by doing such simple positions as bending my knees and lowering my body. I felt like I was living in the land of the living rather then the land of the sick, which is were I felt during treatment.”

Qigong master Rones says qigong is about seeing where you are mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually and leading you to the next step whether you’re healthy or not. “During a cancer class there may be more emphasis on the mind, breath and spirit, and with a group of healthy people the focus may be on body and mind.”

Cotting says qigong classes provide a supportive environment for cancer patients.

“I ran a qigong class with six people. One girl’s hair had grown back, and two of them had on wigs. One other girl came in the room without a wig on. The other girls who had wigs on took them off because they were like, ‘If we don’t have to wear our hair, great!’ It was wild. And it was very freeing for them.”

Rones agrees that group qigong classes give people with cancer a place to share stories, and situations, and see each other improve. Most importantly, he says cancer patients taking qigong classes become an active part of their treatment and they are not letting the rest of their body that doesn’t have the cancer fall apart.

"Deeply versed, passionate and informed, Mr. Rones is a committed and caring teacher of the Asian Mind-Body arts including Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga."
Ted Kaptchuk, Harvard Medical School, Author of The Web That Has No Weaver

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Tai Chi Is Effective in Treating Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Purpose: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a complex disorder best managed with multidisciplinary therapies. It is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbances, functional limitation and poor quality of life. Tai Chi (TC) is an ancient Chinese exercise with an integrated mind-body approach to enhance both physical and mental health, and may be especially suited to the therapy of FM.

Methods: We conducted a 12-week, single-blind, randomized trial of TC (classical Yang style) vs. attention control (stretching and wellness education) for FM (ACR 1990 criteria). The 60-minute group sessions occurred twice-weekly. The primary endpoint was change in the FM Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) score at 12 weeks. Secondary endpoints included tender point count, patient and physician global assessments, sleep quality (PSQI), timed chair stand, 6-minute walk, grip strength, depression, self-efficacy and quality of life. We repeated these measures at 24 weeks to test durability of response. The TC and control groups were compared using an intent-to-treat analysis.

Results: The mean of the age of 66 subjects was 50y (SD 11), disease duration 11y (SD 7), BMI 33 kg/m2 (SD 8), 85% were female, and 56% were white. There were no significant differences at baseline characteristics. Participants' baseline expectations of benefit from an exercise intervention were similar [TC=3.7 (SD 0.8), controls=3.9 (SD 0.7)]. At 12 weeks, patients assigned to TC exhibited significantly greater improvement in FIQ score [between-group change -17.9, 95% CI [-27.0 to -8.8]; P= 0.0006), patient global assessment, sleep quality, physical function, depression, and health status (Table). The reduction in VAS pain intensity met the definition of a clinically-meaningful improvement. At week 24, patients who continued TC exhibited durable benefits in FIQ score, sleep quality and quality of life. The two groups did not differ in medication usage. No adverse events were observed.

Conclusion: TC appears highly efficacious for treatment of both physical and psychological components of FM. TC may be a useful adjunctive treatment in the multidisciplinary management of this difficult disorder.
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