Shooting Arrows This movement is one of the most challenging to learn. It uses the one finger zen hand form, which is a special Shaolin technique that brings energy to the hands and index finger. The movement begins with the arms crossed in a horse stance, and the hands in the one finger zen position. You then alternate stepping to the side and shooting an arrow to the opposite side. This movement is best learned from a teacher and practiced many times. Practicing shooting arrows sends energy to the lung and heart meridians. It is useful for skin problems, respiratory issues, high blood pressure, depression, self confidence and memory issues.
The five organ routine is a very powerful set of Qigong movements that move energy through the kidneys, lungs, heart, liver and spleen. These are very important organs that work in harmony to sustain life. When one of these organs is not functioning optimally it will affect the others. The five yin organ routine is designed to disperse/release toxic Qi and collect/send healing energizing Qi to the five yin organs. Why do we want to ensure energy is flowing freely through these 5 organs? According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the five are connected and when there is an energy block or disturbance in one, there can be a domino affect. Energy disturbances can occur from external sources and from unprocessed emotions. To read more about these 5 organs from a TCM perspective click here The five yin organs are easily disrupted by the seven emotions (anger, joy, worry, grief, sadness, fear, and shock) than are the Yang organs. The emotions are said to be the primal force behind energy transformation; however, each person will have different reaction to emotional changes, based on his or her dominant elemental pattern. Each organ has an element associated with it, and each person has a dominant element. Below are the seven emotions, the corresponding organ, and the element. 1. Anger - Liver -Wood Symptoms of disharmony include, blurred vision, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia. 2. Joy - Heart - Fire Symptoms of disharmony include anxiety, insomnia, elbow problems, obsessive compulsive disorders 3. Worry - Spleen - Earth Symptoms of disharmony include, nausea, weight loss, belching and easy bruising. 4. Grief and Sorrow - Lungs - Metal Symptoms of disharmony often appear on the skin in the [...]
Qigong is amazing! It makes you feel so good and has lasting benefits. The more you do, the more benefits you receive. The forms I teach are for health. They are gentle and easy to do. Dancing Crane # 10 of the 18 Luohan Hands Qigong is dynamic meditation and is perfect for those that find it difficult to meditate. We practice qigong from a standing position, move slowly, gently, and with our eyes closed. Practicing this way forces the brain to focus on the movements, which in turn tricks the mind into going into a meditative state. With no distractions from the outside world, the mind naturally focuses on moving, flowing, breathing and effortlessly enters zen (a meditative state). Qigong has the power to improve you physically, balance your emotions, and affect you on a spiritual level. Physically, qigong will challenge your balance, improve your strength and endurance. Qigong helps to clear stagnant energy & emotional blocks, in fact this is one of the most beneficial aspects of the practice. According to Chinese medicine, an emotional block is how disease starts in the body. On a spiritual level, qigong allows you to access spirit and become your true self. Another benefit is experiencing a very relaxed state or zen. There is nothing like entering zen to improve your health. The more you do, the better you get at it and you can take this relaxed state with you everywhere. When the body is relaxed and the chatter stops in the mind, your body can heal. If you want to see some changes in any of these areas, try qigong!
Plucking Stars Plucking Stars is a simple movement that requires you to reach for the stars with one hand while pressing down with the other hand. Plucking stars improves digestion by bringing energy to the spleen and stomach meridians. According to Chinese medical theory and western medicine, good digestion is essential for good health and vitality. Plucking stars can help with virtually any digestive problem. Add plucking stars to your routine to help with indigestion, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes, liver and gallbladder problems, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, tennis elbow, endometriosis, yeast infections, dysmenorrhea, vaginitis and ovarian cysts. In addition, plucking stars opens up the 8 Extraordinary Meridians along the sides of the body, these are important energy reservoirs. Learn more about the Extraordinary Meridians in a future blog post.
Many students have asked me if they can take some of the movements that they have learned from me and combine them with movements from other Qigong teachers. My simple answer is yes of course you can. Play around, have fun, do what feels good. My long answer goes like this. You have come to me to learn qigong. I think you came because you wanted to learn what I have to teach. Once you learn it, you need to practice it. You need to determine for yourself if this style that you have learned is effective for you. This is an important thing to do with any qigong that you learn. Is it doing what you want it to do? How do you know if it is working? First, decide what it is you want to get from your qigong practice. Do you want to decrease pain? Improve blood pressure? Connect to a higher power? Increase creativity? What ever it is you want to accomplish, you need to write it down. Then, learn the movements and practice daily for 6 months. Keep a log, track your daily practice and make notes to see if you are getting more creative, or is your pain going away? Maybe you want to increase your flexibility, what ever it is you need to monitor it. Keep a daily journal where you record how much time you spend practicing, and how you feel on that day. After 6 months ask the hard questions and check your journal. Is it working? Have you improved? If so, keep doing what you are doing. If not, maybe this form is not for you or maybe you are not practicing enough. The magic [...]
Carrying Mountains one of the 18 Luohan Hands Movement is medicine! Did you know that the single most important thing you can do for your health is move more everyday! I believe that movement is medicine, taken daily you can ward off most ailments including aging. I love to move, and want to share one of my favourite movement medicines Qigong to all who are interested. Easy to do and restores health: Half of the population in Canada is not active enough for health. People claim they don’t have time. Qigong can be practiced anywhere, anytime, for any length of time - inside or out, and no props are required…just YOU! For best results aim for 30 minutes a day. Endorsed by research! The Harvard School of Medicine has endorsed Qigong. In a recent review, Harvard researchers cited the following improvements from practicing Tai Chi and Qigong. Some of my students have seen improvements, like less pain, lower blood pressure, increased sex drive, and no more heart burn, in as little as 2 weeks. Manage stress: Qigong is a form of dynamic meditation where you calm the mind, breathe into the poses and follow the flow of energy through your body. When you practice Qigong, your internal chemistry, and energy function optimally. Qigong builds mental and emotional strength while teaching the body to react in a positive way to stress. Treat, manage or prevent disease! Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qigong movements are a form of medicine each movement encourages the flow of Qi, the circulating life force (or energy) that circulates via meridians throughout your body. According to Chinese medicine when the meridians are blocked or if the energy is [...]
I practice daily! This is a feat in of itself. Half of the population in Canada is not active enough for health. In addition to my Qigong practice I swim, walk, hike, inline skate, and cycle. I am passionate about movement and believe movement is medicine, taken daily you can ward off most ailments including aging. I am a fitness and physical activity specialist with 20+ years of experience. I have many certifications including: aquafitness (instructor, trainer, therapist), Bone fit certified, Watsu 1,11,111, Ahi chi, Tai chi, Yoga, Medical Qigong & Qigong teacher training. I am a health promotion specialist who worked in public health promoting physical activity and chronic disease prevention. I also coordinated the Mississauga Halton Fall Prevention Initiative and promoted best practices in fall prevention to everyone who works with older adults. I ended my career in the healthcare sector after spending 18 months with Osteoporosis Canada. Where I encouraged health care professionals to implement best practices in Osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment. So, I know chronic illness, if I don’t know, I am good at finding out causes, treatment and best practices. In addition, I am very good at finding best practice research and summarizing it for the general public. I have delved into many alternative therapies and find many of them very useful. I am a health professional gone ROGUE! Why rogue? Because I believe in alternative medicine. I believe movement is medicine. I am sick of how long it takes to get anything done in health care. I cannot be a change agent in that environment anymore. I am content sharing my love of movement and promoting one of my favourite movement medicines – Qigong to all who are [...]
There are a lot of different types of Qigong and a lot of movements. Remember, Qigong is energy cultivation. This is a broad term. You could argue that Yoga, Tai Chi, and dance are all a form of Qigong. But usually, qigong refers to a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it involves movement, meditations and visualization. Qigong is medicine, medicine you take to heal/cure something, or medicine you take to enhance your health. The Qigong that I teach is from my Medical Qigong training, and from my training with Anthony Korahais of Flowing Zen. I teach the 5 Yin Organ routine and the 18 Luohan Hands. The 5 Organ routine is quite prescriptive. There are a few movements before you begin, designed to purge stagnant energy, next the 5 movements are preformed in order and there is a closing movement. The 18 Luohans are learned in order but can be practiced in any order. I teach them along with Anthony’s 5 step routine, in a 3 or 6 part series. When you come to a class you will notice that I also teach a static posture called Yiquan, and some sitting meditation practices I learned in my medical qigong training. The 18 Luohan hands and the 5 Organ routine are effective and easy to learn.
Dancing Crane # 10 of the 18 Luohan Hands Qigong (pronounced chee kung) is an ancient Chinese mind body practice that restores wellness, builds mental and emotional strength, reduces stress and increases vitality. Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the grandfather of Tai Chi which was developed later for combat. Qi (Pronounced Chee) is the circulating life force (or energy) whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy. Qi flows through our bodies and everything in nature. Gong is cultivation. Therefore, Qigong is energy cultivation. Qigong is a very powerful practice that works on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Learn how dangerous stress can be to your health. This is why I am passionate about sharing Qigong because it teaches you how to manage the stress response, anytime, anywhere.