Now that it’s cold

Warmth is energy.  The best way to create warmth when you’re cold is to expend energy.  Here are some Qigong practices that will warm you up:

Vibrations

Earlier this season, I talked about how Autumn is alchemy — transforming. This week, I want to talk about my absolute favorite way that Qigong alchemy works — vibrations.

Change in the Weather

I’m a firm believer that as the environment around us changes, we must change the environment around us.

No pain, no …

No pain, no … (what’s the word?) The way I view and practice exercise has been influenced the most by my high school gym teacher.  She was a powerful firecracker in the body of a tiny, black, middle-aged woman who loved to blow her whistle and shout things like “Squeeze those Gluteals!” and “There are no powdered cream puffs here!” …

One Deep Breath

One Deep Breath This week, it seems like the best laid plans are quite useless, at least in my world!  Five years ago, this would have been stressful, frustrating and exhausting.  Now, I find it curious, interesting and amusing.  What’s the difference?  A DEEP breath! This is a great example of Metal Element Qigong in action:   The Lungs are the…

The Alchemy of Autumn

Autumn is the Metal Element and has the power of condensing and purging — bringing things together, deciding what’s valuable, combining individual parts to create a more valuable whole, and letting go of what you no longer need.  In this way, I often feel that Autumn is the season of Alchemy — transforming something into something else. The organs we focus…

We Are Nature

When we begin a qigong session, we first find our supporting posture.  We breathe deeply.  Then we let go of all tension before we begin moving.  When we begin a movement, we first teach our body what to do.  We synchronize our movement to our breathing.  Then we relax so the movement becomes a natural part of our breath and…

A Relationship

When I talk about Qigong, I often use the word “connection.”  In the sessions, we connect with other participants.  In the park, we connect to the nature around us (trees, bugs, birds, bunnies).  In the practice, we connect to our Qi.  But lately, I’ve begun to experience Qigong more like a relationship. There are days when I’m excited to practice,…

Less is More

Happy American Labor Day!  On this day, we celebrate the rules and regulations that helped prevent people from literally being worked to death, and the amazing accomplishments we’ve been able to achieve since then.  It’s an amazing time we live in to have “free time” for family, hobbies and relaxation, especially considering many of our not-too-distant ancestors would have worked 12-hour…

Qigong Balance: Part 2

Balance may start in the feet; but it’s sustained in the breath — specifically deep abdominal breathing.   If the first thing we do in any Qigong practice is to properly align our posture so that our bones support our body, the second thing we do is breathe deeply into our lower abdomen — the lower dantien.   “Dantien” means “elixir field” or “sea…