Musings from Qigong Class

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 [...]