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Qigong – Affordable Healthcare For All

Healthcare is a world wide issue.  Some countries have good public healthcare while others do not.  Some countries, like the United States, have great acute care but poor preventative medicine. And an individual’s experience may vary depending on where they live, who their doctor is, or what their condition is. All in all, modern medicine …

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Daoist Method of Eliminating Stress

Qigong and breathing exercises help us to relax and sense inner tension we have in our body.  The more sensitive we become to this, the sooner we can recognize stress and tension affecting us and we can adjust to it.  If we don’t see stress coming on and causing physical issues soon enough, we can become depleted more susceptible to illness. However effective these methods …

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Students and teachers

“Sometimes the student is the teacher.  Sometimes the teacher is the student.” In Qigong, we don’t place any importance on titles, levels, achievements, etc.  All those ideas are concepts of the ego, man-made labels to place us into categories in order to satisfy our ego’s need to classify and compare things.

Daoist Principle of Wu Wei – “Non-Doing”

Non-Doing. It’s a Daoist thing.  And often mistranslated and misunderstood, non-doing sounds pretty lazy! Daoism is actually the science of how the universe works (and us included, since we are part of it).  We’re starting to learn that Daoism dates back to before there are written records in China, which makes it 7000+ years old. …

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The Secret to Qigong- Re-Learn to Breathe!

We all love the gentle movements of Qigong.  Not only does it provide gentle stretching for our muscles and tendons, but it circulates vital Qi and blood to all areas of the body, re-energizing every cell.  In the beginning, the external movements are the easiest to see, and we can sometimes mistakenly think these movements …

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How To Properly “Practice” Qigong And Obtain Benefits

Qigong is a practice.  By definition, a practice is something that you do over and over again to fully understand and master it.  Qigong is certainly a practice, in that the more you do it, the more you get in touch with the subtle aspects of your existence. There are some common misunderstandings – very …

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What is Qigong (and why you should practice it!)

There are many definitions for the practice commonly known as “Qigong”.  Actually the term “Qigong” is less than a century old.  Throughout it’s long history it has taken on many different Chinese names.  Regardless of the name, the core practice has always been the same. Every great book on the subject has addressed in some way what the practice is.  …

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How Does Qigong Facilitate Weight Loss and Digestion?

Qigong is more than just the outward forms that are usually associated with the practice. Real Qigong practice happens inside the body, and involves proper breathing, proper mind state (detached from expectations and results) and the ability to truly relax.  The benefits of Qigong are many, but the general practice with the inclusion of specific techniques …

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When to practice?

When to practice? Yes, it’s likely the most challenging aspect of the art. You’ve heard me say it’s important to practice every day, and I could even say it’s imperative to practice everyday if you really want to discover the deep secrets of the practice. But how does one fit it into a busy life?

Beginner’s Guide to Qigong

What is Qigong?  Let’s break down the Chinese word into it’s 2 parts, Qi and Gong. The concept of Qi (pronounced “Chee”) is a Chinese concept that predates written history.  It is translated into “life energy” and is present in all things in the universe.  Chinese scholars and doctors have had the longest history researching Qi, and have …

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What is Qigong AND How Does It WOrk?

There are many definitions for the practice commonly known as “Qigong”.  Actually the term “Qigong” is less than a century old.  Throughout it’s long history it has taken on many different Chinese names.  Regardless of the name, the core practice has always been the same. Every great book on the subject has addressed in some way what the practice is.  …

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Let Go and Forget About “Attaining Something” in practice

Ideas of results from our Qigong practice get in the way of real practice.  Desires engage the mind and distract us.  Let go of those thoughts and simply practice. Now, I know what you might think. “Why practice Qigong if you’re not looking to gain something from it? Isn’t that the point of practicing, to …

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Do One Thing Only

Sometimes when I am having trouble motivating myself for practice, I practice this exercise below.  I might be tired mentally or physically, or not have a lot of time, distractions, etc…but still want to get my practice in. This practice is so simple, you literally have no excuse not to practice it.

Your First Qigong Movement – The ONE BREATH Technique

There are some movements in Qigong that are timeless.  These movements appear throughout many different styles of Qigong, and are essential to the practice. When we discover these movements, they are true treasures.  Simple, basic, and at the root of all Qigong practice that has ever been created. Your first Qigong movement should be this …

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The Secret That Makes Qigong MUCH Easier

When learning Qigong, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the details of “what moves should I learn”, “am I doing this right”, and “what benefits am I getting”. However, those thoughts all lead you down the wrong path. This is called “goal-oriented practice” and keeps you at a superficial level. You must simplify to …

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Should I Practice With Eyes Closed?

Practicing with eyes open or closed is more of a personal preference. There are Qigong forms that use the “gazing of the eyes” to circulate energy in a particular way, however, most exercises are not dependent on the eyes open or closed. Most people, especially beginners, report that eyes closed reduces mental chatter by removing …

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