Archive for June, 2011

Concentrate on Quality not Quantity

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

I often remind class members that there are over 7000 Qigong forms, but it’s not necessary to learn every one.  In fact, it may be counterproductive to learn more than a handful.

As Americans, we are conditioned to believe that more is more.  But when it comes to Qigong, more is often less.  If you practice 2 dozen forms and your mind is wandering, you probably aren’t getting the full benefit — beyond the gentle stretching required to perform each movement.

On the other hand, when you practice just a few forms in a state of deeply relaxed attention, you reap the maximum physical, mental and spiritual rewards from your practice.


Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

One of the things I love most about Qigong is that at the end of each class, I feel more energetic than at the beginning.

There are two main reasons for this.  The first is that Qigong movements help focus our internal energy and gather more energy from the universe.  Second, Qigong teaches us to conserve that energy by staying relaxed in the practice and never overexerting.

The result is that all the energy, or chi, that we generate goes towards healing and revitalizing.

Daily Qigong practice helps reinforce this message, so that eventually you will get that “Qigong feeling” no matter what you are doing–whether working, cleaning the house or playing your favorite sport.

Wishing everyone a happy and fruitful Summer Solstice!

Qigong Moves Your Meditation

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Meditation has many proven physical and psychological benefits and just one drawback.  The drawback is that sitting still for long periods of time is too hard for most people.

Enter Qigong.  Qigong includes active forms that are moving meditations, as well as sitting, standing and even lying down meditations.  The more active forms help put practitioners in a state of relaxed, clear minded alertness, sometimes referred to as the “Qigong state of mind.”  Once your body and mind are more relaxed, it is much easier to meditate.

To put this to a test, try sitting or standing in meditation for 5 or 10 minutes.  Then practice some active Qigong forms for the same amount of time.  Then try meditating again.  Feel any different?

Would love to hear how this worked for you.  Just add your comment to this blog or send me an email.  I’ll be sure to respond.

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