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Springtime relief

From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, springtime is Liver time and it is time to give your liver the support and love it needs. This is why we currently practice the Four Seasons Qigong set and focus on the liver in Spring. The liver’s job is to regulate and smooth the flow of Qi throughout the body. My favorite liver point is LV 3 on the foot and if you pair this with Large intestine 4, then you will have a great combo for jaw pain, headache, STRESS, depression, insomnia and irritability.  This web page gives a visual description of where to find the various liver points. Pay special attention to the addition of SP-6 (spleen 6) at the bottom of the page and I guarantee in 30-60 seconds you will FEEL the difference!

https://www.ghostflower.com/blogs/news/give-your-liver-the-support-it-needs-with-this-short-liver-boost-recipe

Meridian tapping

 

Meridian tapping for health is a great self care practice. According to Traditional Chinese medicine, you can tap various points on your body to stimulate your sense organs. This video demonstrates many points I have demonstrated in class with some additional ones that are very beneficial at this time of transition to Spring.  Our cells are aroused from winter’s slumber with a big infusion of Qi (energy) and hope for renewal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmzc6_-4EmA

Who is Qigong for?

Qigong is for everyone.

Students with fibromyalgia, those with chronic conditions and recuperating from injury, have reported the lessening or elimination of their symptoms with consistent Qigong practice. The visualization, breathing techniques, and physical postures of Qigong promote relaxation and re-energize the body.

QiGong is an ancient Chinese health-care system that is over 5,000 years old.  QiGong is not the same thing as Taiji, which is a Martial Art

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Reduce stress with meditation

It is well known by now that meditation is key to reducing stress so Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra are doing an online 21 day meditation experience that is really fantastic.  You are given a new meditation and intention each day for 21 days.  Each meditation lasts about 20 minutes and it is hoped that people get in the habit of this daily practice.  I highly recommend trying it out before it ends.  Google Oprah and Deepak 21 day meditation experience, or go to:

chopra center meditation.com

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Microcosmic Orbit

Master Mantak Chia explains how and why you should practice the Microcosmic Orbit in exquisite detail with amazing graphics and demonstrations. He explains how the microcosmic spinning is in our body and in the Universe and how this orbit spinning connects and influences our organs. I highly recommend this video.

Four Cycles

Robert Peng talks about and demonstrates the Four Cycles (Four- Part Exercise) from the Shaolin Temple. This practice is to boost your inner power and is simple, but profound. I highly recommend this wonderful video from a great teacher and Master.

Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong

I wanted to share a link to a fabulous demonstration by Steven Cardoza who shows Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong and does an excellent job of explaining the energetic components.

He goes over the Kua, the 4 points, the shoulder’s nest and other energetic anatomy elements that I have been explaining in class. Enjoy!

Jeffrey Yuen talks about Huff Puff Qigong

I highly recommend the Huff Puff Qigong that Jeffrey Yuen teaches because of the multiple health benefits for those with a range of challenges from hypertension to chronic illness to cancer.  It is really fun and easy to do and the benefits are immediate.  The article below is very thorough and as an added feature, it gives you an email address to send away for your own Huff Puff Qigong DVD. Enjoy this practice!

http://ashevilleacupuncture.blogspot.com/2009/06/huff-puff-qi-gong.html

Interested in TaiChi?

For those who have some interest in TaiChi and Push Hands practice, I recommend looking at Ian Sinclair’s excellent lesson (lesson 4) on TaiChi Tuishou or Push Hands. He is a patient instructor with a relaxed sense of humor. Check it out for yourself.

QiGong Sword Finger technique

In a recent class, I covered sword fingers and several people wanted some links to practice this technique. So I am offering one that is closest to how I was taught and hope you enjoy it.

 

Tai Chi and Qigong research

The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) is dedicated to mobilizing citizens of all ages, professions, economic and social status to accept the responsibility for personal health promotion and self-care.  They are a great resource for information about Qigong and it’s benefits as a healing practice.

http://www.instituteofintegralqigongandtaichi.org/qigong_tai_chi_research/

 

You can also visit the Qigong Institute for more information:

http://www.qigonginstitute.org

Stand still, be fit

STAND STILL, BE FIT – Zhan zhuang – Narrated and demonstrated by Lam Kam Chuen, with interviews by his teacher Professor Yu, you learn to stand like a tree.
For those of you who don’t like or think that standing meditation is important, these are the videos for you. A series of 10 separate videos on standing meditation, they comprise warm up and cool down exercises after the standing practice, with lots of information about the whys and importance of standing meditation. Makes it easy and accessible.

Content retrieved from: https://seniorqigong.com/stand-stillbe-fit/.

SWIMMING DRAGON

One of the loveliest practices to do is Swimming Dragon Qigong. I do this practice almost every day and have found a lot of benefit from doing it. I personally prefer the one done by Dashi Chu Kocica, because of her grace and slow speed as well as with hers, I see and feel the dragon coming out of the water. But both of these are great videos to practice with. Enjoy!

 

Meditation promotes Positive Brain Changes

For many years we have known that mindfulness meditation has a positive effect on the brain and in the link below is another study to support this.  According to Sarah McLean in her book, Soul Centered, in the January 2011 issue of Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that after only eight weeks of meditation for an average of 27 minutes a day, new meditators showed beneficial changes to their gray matter (the physical structure of your brain).
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/mindfulness-meditation-brain-integrative-body-mind-training_n_1594803.html

Mindfulness is when you are engaged in and fully attentive to what you are doing at the present moment.  So you can practice this anytime, by giving your full attention to when you are brushing your teeth or washing the dishes, for example.  Jon Kabat Zinn has written extensively about this in Full Catastrophe Living as well as his other books.

Mind, Body, Spirit Practice

Qigong is an ancient Chinese health-care system which is over 5,000 years old.   It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing, increasing vitality, and spiritual cultivation.

Visualization
In order to understand how Qigong achieves it’s effects, imagine a garden hose – water flows freely if there are no obstructions in the hose. If there is a kink or constriction in the hose, water (Qi) doesn’t flow. You get excess (Qi) on one side of the kink and deficiency on the other. The stretching, movements and breathing of Qigong elongate the hose and release the blockages caused by trauma, stress, poor diet, medications, hereditary conditions, environmental factors or excessive emotional issues. This balanced even flow of energy or Qi assures the health of your organs, nerves, glands and cells by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Qigong synchronizes chakras, connects to acupoints and is both a science and an art.

Breathing
The visualization, breathing techniques, and physical postures of Qigong promote relaxation and reenergize the body.