10 things to avoid doing to stay forever young

From Shaolin Monks' Anti-Aging Science

Shaolin monks Healthy Living Magazine

Shaolin monks Healthy Living Magazine

Shaolin kung fu, the ancient martial arts discipline of mind over body, leads followers towards heights of physical and mental health. As early as 1000 years ago in the Tang Dynasty of China, Shaolin kung fu was called the 'foremost martial art beneath heaven' and the saying remains true today. Shaolin kung fu is a set of teachings a journey of personal development from intense physical fitness to enhanced mental focus and tranquility.

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The main focus of Shaolin teachings is not to commit violence or seek physical confrontation but to be prepared for either, to know one can handle any situation with a gun, knife or other weapon, whether confronted by one or many; yet, one of the core teachings of Shaolin kung fu is to avoid fighting when possible. The practice of this martial art, when done by a master, results in quick and compressed violence and force; yet, paradoxically it creates peace in one's life and in the lives of people who are close to the master.

No one who practices Shaolin kung fu, with only a few exceptions, will speak about what they know; will they speak of the many times they attempted to break a brick with their bare fist and what 1000 failures feels like before they finally learned that power of focus and compressed energy? Rather, what they've learned is expressed by their sense of serenity and quiet confidence. What the student learns he or she communicates with their body and being through the way they carry themselves; as such, it is said that the knowledge itself embodied by the dedicated student will ward off evil doers on sight. Wong Kiew Kit, a master of the discipline and author of The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu: The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-Defense, Health and Enlightenment, says that “while combat efficiency is a primary function of Shaolin kung fu, a more immediate and useful benefit in our law-abiding society is attaining radiant health and vitality.”

The "radiant health and vitality" that Shaolin kung fu prefesses comes from two sides. The regimen of physical fitness brings agility, flexibility, strength and powerful long-lasting positive effects on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The second is reaped from the emotional and psychological side of the teachings, which direct the student towards inner joy and tranquility.

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In essence, Shaolin kung fu is about maintaining a body and mind capable of living life to the utmost with the maximum enjoyment and personal security. Here are the top 10 tips to remaining in peak health throughout life offered by Shifu Yan Lei, a renowned Shaolin teacher and author of Instant Health: The Shaolin Qigong Workout for Longevity.

1. Don't think too much. Thinking takes energy. Thinking can make you look old.

2. Don't talk too much. Most people either talk. Better to do.

3. When you work, work for 40 minutes then stop for 10 minutes. When you look at something all the time, it can damage your eyes and also your internal organs and peace.

4. When you are happy, you need to control your happiness; if you lose control then you damage your lung energy.

5. Don't worry too much or get angry because this damages your liver and your intestines.

6. When you eat food don't eat too much; always make sure you are not quite full as this can damage your spleen. When you feel a bit hungry then eat a little.

7. When you do things, take your time, don't hurry too much. Remember the saying "Hasten slowly; you will soon arrive."

8. If you only do physical exercise all the time and you never do qigong this makes you lose your balance and you will become impatient. You lose the yin of your body. Exercise balances the yin and the yang.

9. If you never exercise, just peace, meditation, soft training, qigong then this doesn't give you yang energy so you use up your yang energy.

10. Shaolin kung fu gives you everything. The purpose of our training is to balance yin and yang. How many hours is not important. It's down to knowing what your body needs.

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