• Short Summary

    YOGA - A SYSTEM OF RELAXATION THROUGH PHILOSOPHY - CAME FROM THE ORIENT. NOW, ANOTHER?

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    YOGA - A SYSTEM OF RELAXATION THROUGH PHILOSOPHY - CAME FROM THE ORIENT. NOW, ANOTHER ANCIENT PHYSICAL EXERCISE THAT HAS A TRANQUILIZING EFFECT IS SWEEPING THE UNITED STATES. IT'S CALLED "TY-GEE" - AND IT HAS BEEN PRACTISED BY THE CHINESE FOR FIFTEEN HUNDRED YEARS. MOST EUROPEANS ARE CONTENT TO LEARN THE SLOW METHOD - BUT THE CHINESE HAVE DEVELOPED SEVERAL SPECTACULAR VARIATIONS ON IT CALLED "CHINESE BOXING" AND "CHI KUNG".

    "TY-GEE" LOOKS LIKE EUROPEAN GYMNASTICS IN SLOW MOTION. BUT IT IS A LOT MORE COMPLICATED THAN THE GYMNASTICS LEARNT BY EUROPEAN CHILDREN AT SCHOOL. THERE ARE 108 SPECIFIC POSITIONS - AND EACH MOVEMENT IS CLEARLY DEFINED. THE MOVEMENTS ARE ALL PERFORMED IN A DELIBERATE SEQUENCE. THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE EXERCISE IS THAT THE GYMNAST'S MIND IS SO ABSORBED BY THE MOTIONS AND THE SEQUENCE THAT HE FORGETS THE EVERYDAY WORRIES OF LIFE.

    CHINESE BOXING IS A MUCH MORE STRENUOUS VARIATION OF THE SAME IDEA. THE MIND HERE IS DISCIPLINED TO ELIMINATE FEAR, WITHSTAND PAIN AND IS THUS RELEASED FROM CARE. IN ONE DEMONSTRATION ON THIS FILM THE MAN BECOMES COMPLETELY RELAXED SIMPLY BY CONDITIONING HIS MIND TO BELIEVE HIS OPPONENT IS NOT THERE.

    MOST SPECTACULAR OF ALL ARE THE FEATS PERFORMED IN "CHI KUNG". EVERY YEAR THERE ARE ANNUAL COMPETITIONS IN "CHI KUNG" HELD IN TAIWAN - WITH EXPERT JUDGES SUPERVISING COMPETITORS. IN THIS DEMONSTRATION A STOUT WOODEN POLE BREAKS OVER THE BACK OF ONE GYMNAST - WITHOUT, IT SEEMS, HIS FEELING ANY ILL EFFECT. THEN A STEEL BAR IS BENT ACROSS THE BACK OF ANOTHER PARTICIPANT."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2B7ELJ81O1PEG0WQ33G3CV0RK
    Media URN:
    VLVA2B7ELJ81O1PEG0WQ33G3CV0RK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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