Midwinter and the Water Tiger

Midwinter and Water Tiger   Since COVID started, my family has embraced a new practice of celebrating even tiny holidays in an attempt to bring a little more light and joy to difficult times.  For example, tonight is National Doggie Date Night, so my pups and I plan to snuggle in for some ham soup and an All Creatures Great and Small…

A Story of Nature … or Two

A Story of Nature … or Two Winter Water Qigong is about sinking and being still, like tree sap dropping into the roots and waiting until Nature says to rise into Spring.But when tree sap drops into the roots, it’s also the best time to cut down trees…which is what happened at one of my favorite Qigong locations this week. Thursday,…

Let’s Reframe

Let’s Reframe I love to learn new things, but more than almost anything, I love to trip and fall into ideas around things I take for granted and discover something new.  That’s why an article in the 2016 Journal of Sport and Health Science kinda rocked my world…in a good way.I remember the day I came across this article.  I had gotten…

That Qigong Habit

That Qigong Habit Last week was what I like to refer to as “a series of unfortunate events.”  Best laid plans were tossed aside.  Schedules were reshuffled.  Expectations were renegotiated.  And mini crises came and went.  This is part of life.  I’d like to say that my Qigong practice was the glue that held everything together.  However, my Qigong practice got…

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…