Vital Qi Newsletter May 2015

Instructor's Corner

Spring is in full swing and it is a time of rebirth or renewal. It is a peak energy time for the liver and the purification system of the body. It is a good time to do both physical detoxification and energetic detoxification.

When studying Qigong, we learn techniques to open the energy channels and clear out old energy patterns and to build energy reserves in the body.

Qigong provides many tools for training the mind, reducing stress and increasing energy to improve your health. I have benefited from many forms of Qigong. You can experience similar benefits too. The purpose of the Vital Qi Newsletter is to bring awareness to Qigong and to inform you of Qigong classes and products available at Inner Vitality Qigong. We also intend on covering other natural health related topics. We look forward to working with you and growing together as we cultivate inner vitality through the art of Qigong. Please feel free to share this newsletter with family and friends.

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Lessons From The Masters

Lessons from the Tao Te Ching

Previously, I presented a translation of Chapter 10, out of order, because I wanted to share my favorite translation and favorite chapter. As stated previously, this chapter and translation captures the spirit of Qigong. I have yet to identify the translator. I hope you enjoy this encore chapter.

You can read more about the Tao Te Ching here.

Chapter 10 (partial, translator unknown)

"Can you calm your mind from its wandering
  and sense the unity of the ONE?
Can you cultivate your life force and
 sustain the flexibility of a newborn with no cares?
Can you refine your inner vision and
  perceive the natural inner radiance of your eternal being?"

Lao Tzu
I would like to go over the finer points of this translation as they relate to Qigong. First, a very important part of Qigong is relaxation. A calm mind is key to relaxation. "ONE" refers to the Tao, but in Qigong we use the term Universal Energy or Universal Chi Field. Of course the goal of Qigong is to develop smooth Qi flow and increase the amount of Qi in the body. Qi is the life force. Flexibility means that we are not tight and rigid. It is difficult to relax if you are tight and rigid. Also, Qi does not flow smoothly through a body that is tight and rigid. Inner vision refers to visualization and imagination, both of which we use for guiding the Qi in the body. We use this internal vision to connect our energy body with the larger Chi Field. I hope you enjoy this translation. Meditating on these words will give you deep insights into the practice of Qigong.


Words of Wisdom

"Stress is caused by being 'here' but wanting to be 'there'."

- Eckhart Tolle

Featured Article

The Benefits of Abdominal Breathing

I often talk about doing abdominal breathing during some Qigong practices, including exercise and meditation. It requires one to focus their mind on their breathing. We can characterize the desired breathing as: slow, long, thin, even and soft. So why is abdominal breathing so important? Here's a list of reasons why it is so important.

Click here to read more about The Benefits of Abdominal Breathing.

Qigong Practice

Qigong Tip

Qigong is more than just a daily one hour practice. Qigong is a way of life. To get the full benefits of Qigong, incorporate it into other aspects of your life. Besides regular daily practice, you can focus on your breathing at the doctor's office or when you are in line at the bank. You can center your mind in your lower dantian for a few seconds just before you eat. You can smile into your whole body in the morning as soon as you wake up. What a great way to start the day. Practice being in the present moment (mindfulness) in whatever task you are doing, whether it is cooking, taking a shower or any other daily activity. Be creative.


Qigong Wellness Coaching

We offer Qigong wellness coaching for those that would like assistance creating a healthy lifestyle and integrating Qigong into their daily life. Technology makes it possible for you to experience one-on-one coaching no matter where you are in the world. Click here to learn more about the Qigong Wellness Coaching. Qigong basics will be taught for those that don't have previous training. Coaching can be provided in-person, over the phone or online via Skype or Google. We look forward to serving you and helping you to achieve your highest potential.


Being of Service

Together we can make a difference, one person at a time. Being of service to others in need lets them know that they are not alone. It lets them know we care. Not only does our service touch people's lives in a positive way, but it is also healing for ourselves as well. There are so many ways to be of service, like donating money, time, clothing, etc. One way to be of service is by opening your heart and your wallet and donating to the "American Red Cross". They are on the ground providing support around the world. There is so much need. Please donate today. You can make a difference.

Click here to make a donation to the "American Red Cross"...

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