Qigong is a meditative art-form that is practiced by proponents of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has a number of physiological and psychological benefits. Quitting translates as “Life Energy Work, with the “Qi” referring to the body’s life energy.
Meditation is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and can be practiced as both a still form and as a moving form (the latter of which is often referred to as Qigong). Meditation can help to relax the mind, to awaken the senses and to de-stress, but it can also help with the flow of Qi, which in turn can alleviate a number of symptoms.
Mindfulness meditation is a simple, easy to learn meditation dating back thousands of years that is based of one simple premise – observing one’s thoughts. While at large it has been a major focal point in Buddhism the practice itself requires no attachment or belief to Buddhism or any religion for that matter. Any person with the willingness to want to understand their mind better can practice, and in doing so can have the opportunity to experience a tremendous amount of health benefits, particularly clarity of mind and a more relaxed state of being.
Qigong and meditation are centralized on one key aspect – breathing. While most people are probably going to say, “Um, yea I think I know how to breathe at this point in my life,” this is not the type of breathing we are talking about. Most people do not realize this, but while busy with their everyday lives they breathe quickly and shallow into the chest area much like a dog. What Qigong and meditation teaches you to do is to breathe like a whale or a tortoise in a deep and slow manner, as longevity and quality of living are associated with deep breathing.
The lower Dantian in the body is located three finger widths below the belly button and about the same distance inwards into the stomach in the lower-middle section of the torso. This point is the area that is believed to be the core center for storing energy, and is also believed to be where core muscle training originated in martial arts in China.
The Small Universe is an audio meditation exercise found in the SFQ Fundamentals course book and DVD/CD package that also includes Level 1 SFQ active Qigong exercises and a handbook on the theory behind the exercises. The meditation is centralized around balancing the two main energy points in the body called Ren and Mai in Chinese, and is based on visualization of energy flow across 12 different points along these two main channels.
Following our review of Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) Fundamentals Level 1, it is now time to introduce how Qi can be used for the benefit of healing others. In SFQ Level 2, the entire book is aimed at this, and focuses on introducing more Qigong theory, healing techniques and methods for cultivating healing energy to help others open energy blockages.
Currently there is one main organization that offers Qigong Healing and is a licensed NGO that has been running for 20 years – Spring Forest Qigong. Based in Eden Prairie, MN, the organization offers a number of healing packages based in person and through distance healing.
Being disabled does not necessarily mean being unable to perform Qigong practices. Qigong in fact can be performed sitting or lying down, and is not even limited to movements but in fact visualizations and sounds as well.
Here at Qiful Living, we never discourage someone to deviate from their doctor’s recommendation or prescribed medical path, but we would like to point out some easy exercises that have been known to help people recover from this illness that are free of charge and can be done easily from the comfort of your home. These practices may seem unrealistic, but in fact are direct massage techniques linking to the body’s core energy centers associated with blood pressure. For every part of the body it has an energy channel that connects to various other channels in the body and related organs, so understating this connection and approaching blood pressure healing techniques in a holistic method is necessary.
People of all ages can benefit from Qigong and there is no age, gender, religious or nationality discrepancy for learning. Qigong simply means working with the energy in the body and balancing it to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Regardless of where you are in life in terms of growing up or experiencing a wind down in years, keeping your energy balanced as much as possible is important to your overall health…
There are many channels in the body that connect to the lungs. Typically, when someone experiences congestion or feels stuffed up and unable to breathe normally, there is likely more than one area of the body that is affecting this.
Insomnia has already become a very common problem in modern society. Long-term insomnia can bring serious harm to people, such as a weak immune system, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, so it is crucial to treat insomnia sooner than later in order to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle…