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Relaxation

Relax in the mountains

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One of the most important aspects you will learn as part of Qigong is relaxation. Relaxing is important to activate the body's healing response. Relaxing means to let go of tension and stress that is held in the body. It also means to let go of tension and stress in the mind.

Relaxing the mind allows for a deeper state of relaxation to occur in the body. So what exactly does it mean to relax your mind? The human mind is typically busy thinking tens of thousands of thoughts each day, most of which are the same thoughts day after day. On top of that, people are stressed out from work, the bills, the kids, their health issues, their families, etc. If you are experiencing similar thoughts, you may find it difficult to turn these thoughts off. Some have difficulty sleeping because they can't shut down the thoughts and worries.

If you learn Qigong, you will learn effective techniques to quiet your busy mind. Here are a few techniques. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Focus on each inhalation and exhalation. You can even count your breath cycles. Inhale, exhale, one, inhale, exhale, two, inhale, exhale, three, and continuing for five minutes or more. Another simple technique is to repeat a mantra. That is to repeat a word or phrase over and over again. The word or phrase can be as simple as "calm" or "calm, peace, relax" or it can be a complete sentence like: "I am calm, peaceful and relaxed in all situations". Just make sure it is something positive and empowering. Keep in mind that your mind may wander, especially in the beginning. If this happens, just bring your awareness back to your technique (count, matra, etc). It is important to practice one of these techniques consistently one or more times each day. The more you practice, the quicker you will notice the results of focusing and calming your mind.

As you learn to calm and quiet your mind, you will begin to feel less stress. This is a sign your mind is relaxing. Now it will be much easier to relax your body. Now you can use a simple progressive relaxation technique to relax your body. You can start with your head; put your attention on your face and head. Imagine all tension releasing from your head. You can lightly tense your head and face and release. Feel the tension melting away. Repeat for your neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, back, abdomen, pelvis, legs, feet, etc. You can spend extra time in areas that do not release. Once you finish at your feet, repeat the entire process two more times. Practice this at least once a day, following a technique to calm and quiet your mind. It is important to find a quiet place for your practice where you won't be interrupted. Sit in a comfortable chair. You can close your eyes, but don't fall asleep. If you tend to fall asleep, then slightly open your eyes. These simple techniques are quite effective. There are many other techniques in Qigong for training the mind and body to relax. Seek out a teacher if you want more information.

Chi Reaction

When you are recovering from a disease or an injury, it is common to experience a so-called "Healing Crisis". It seems like you are getting worse, then suddenly you get better. This can also happen when practicing Qigong. As the energy begins to flow again to the place of disease, injury or weakness, it may feel more painful or you may have more intense symptoms. This is called a "Chi Reaction". This is a good thing, this is a "Healing Crisis", but it is temporary. It is during these times that it is important to keep practicing as much as you can. You must have faith in your body's ability to heal. And you must have faith in your teachers and your practice.

When a student begins to practice Balance Standing (Inner Dan Arts Qigong) or other standing meditations for the first time, often times their legs begin to shake within a minute or two. This is because of the body's resistance to chi flow. In other words, there is a blockage or reduced chi flow in the energy channels of the legs. The legs may also feel heavy. They may feel like they are burning. This is a chi reaction. With practice, these sensations will go away as the energy channels open and the chi flows smoother. Eventually, the legs will feel stronger and steady. It happened with me and it happens with almost everyone when beginning Qigong practice.

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I also experienced this when practicing an exercise called “Spinal Bone Marrow Practice” (Wisdom Healing Qigong). It is known for helping issues with the spine and lower back and more. When I had a low back issue, I had to start slow. It was tight and painful. I did very short practices in the beginning and gradually built up over time. I got over the pain and my low back pain when away. It takes consistent practice and patience when you experience a chi reaction.

Qigong can restore chi and blood flow in the body with practice. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Qigong, it is known that disease occurs in the body when chi flow is disturbed (reduced, blocked or deficient). Through Qigong exercises and meditations, you can improve your health and enhance the quality of your life.

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Inner Medicine

In Qigong, we often talk about developing our inner medicine. This inner medicine cannot be easily seen, but you definitely know when you have developed it to be strong and active. “Dan” in Chinese means elixir or medicine. One of the major forms of Qigong that I practice is called Inner Dan Arts Qigong. It could be called “Inner Medicine Arts Qigong”. This inner medicine is the Qi that you develop in your energy centers as a result of practicing Qigong (exercises and meditations).

When your inner medicine is strong, it will protect you from stress and illness and you will feel healthy and vibrant. With consistent practice of Qigong, energy blockages are released and the Qi flows easier through the energy channels in your body. This Qi flow nourishes your entire body. The major forms of Inner Dan Arts Qigong are standing form, movement forms, breathing form, and meditation forms. Each form depends the power of your mind and visualization.

Mental concentration is important to let go of busy thoughts and distractions. This allows us to just “be” in the present moment. This mind power is necessary to relax both the mind and body. As we attain deeper relaxation with practice, the energy channels open wider and allow more Qi to flow where it's needed in the body. We learn to connect with the energy in the universe that constantly surrounds us to build our own internal energy. Then we can guide the energy with our minds to the places in our body that are in need of healing. This is why we refer to Qigong as a self-healing technology. So I invite you to take a journey to develop your own inner medicine and take control of your health and your life. With consistent practice, you can develop your inner medicine and realize your full life potential and inner vitality.

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What is Qigong?

Qigong is a general Chinese term for exercises, meditations and breathing techniques that are practiced daily for reducing stress, improving  and maintaining good health and promoting longevity. Qi, pronounced "chee", is the life force or energy within all living things. While Qi is actually in everything, living and non-living, this discussion will focus on the energy within humans. Gong refers to ones ability or skill. Thus, Qigong refers to one's Qi ability. A person that practices Qigong, develops the ability to work with and improve their own Qi, thus improving their health.

Qigong has been around for over three thousand years and  has its roots in Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM). In fact, Qigong is often referred to as the Grandfather of TCM. There are more than 35,000 forms of Qigong around the world. According to the theory of TCM and Qigong, disease occurs in the human body when the Qi flow is disturbed (excess, deficient or blocked). The practice of Qigong will help to smooth out the flow of Qi in the body, thus restoring balance and improving one's health.

Qigong has gotten much attention over the last 20 years or so in the U.S. and has been featured on PBS documentaries and even more recently on more mainstream shows like the Dr Oz show. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D., "If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong." One major benefit from practicing is stress reduction through relaxation. I invite you to explore Qigong with me and see for yourself what other benefits come from practicing Qigong.

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