I have been studying Shibashi Qigong and last weekend I took the teacher training to teach Shibashi set 1. Shibashi is a set of 18 movements that are performed in order and all 18 are performed every time you practice. The movements are simple, flowing and easy to learn. It takes about 20 minutes to complete the set. I chose to study this form because the first time I tried the first 2 moves I could feel the Qi in my lower dan tian. I have never felt the Qi this strongly with any other practice. My lower dantian was buzzing - vibrating. After this experience I just had to learn how to teach it! And, these movements will work well in the water. I have already added them to my Fluid Zen classes. Here is a video of the first 3 moves. Click here The training was fantastic! Sifu Wing Cheung has a very gentle approach to his teaching. He is a wealth of knowledge, however he does not speak much unless you ask him a question. This is typical of learning from a Chinese master. You only receive the information you are ready to hear. Therefore, you better be asking questions! What I learned from Sifu Wing Cheung. Breath - your breathing should be gentle - no sound, and the exhale should not move a feather On feeling the Qi - Performing Shibashi seated is a great way to feel the Qi Kau - this is your hip area, lead with the Kau. Once you figure this out - the arms float up easily. If you are interested in learning more about this form check out Master Wing Cheungs website. There are free [...]
1. 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, cycle and I teach aquafitness. 2. I am passionate about movement and I believe movement is medicine, taken daily you can ward off most ailments including aging. 3. I am a fitness and physical activity specialist. I have worked in the fitness industry for 25 years. I have many certifications including: aquafit( instructor, trainer, therapist), Bone fit certified, Watsu 1,11,111, Ahi chi, Tai chi, Yoga, and Qigong teacher training. 4. I am a health promotion specialist who worked in public health promoting physical activity and chronic disease prevention. If you live in Halton, you may remember me as the coordinator for Active Halton, a group of government and private organizations dedicated to increasing the physical activity levels of Halton residents. We did some amazing work that still influences decision making of local governments. I coordinated the Mississauga Halton Fall Prevention Initiative and promoted the Home Support Exercise Program to Mississauga and Halton residents. I ended my career in the health sector (public health, and the Mississauga Halton LHIN) after spending 18 months with a non government organization - Osteoporosis Canada. While there, I encouraged health care professionals (surgeons and physicians) to implement best practices in Osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment. I assisted with best practice implementation at 3 hospitals in York Region - all three implemented the best practice guidelines and received awards. 5. I know chronic illness, if there is something I don’t know I am good at finding out causes, treatment and best practices. In addition, [...]
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.
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 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 [...]
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.