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!
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 [...]
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.