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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 [...]

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Five Reasons to 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 [...]