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…

Qigong Balance: Part 1

Lately, I’ve discovered a lot of people I know are afraid of falling—and it’s not always who you might think.  Young and old, male and female, athletic and delicate; this fear of falling seems to be prevalent. I bring it up both because I’ve been hearing about this fear of falling more frequently and because Qigong is a GREAT way…

Welcome to Late Summer

Welcome to Late Summer! I know, it seems like summer just started!  But if you have a garden, your plants have probably begun producing their “fruits.”  How many of you are harvesting zucchini, cucumbers, beans, peppers and tomatoes?  I’ve started gathering ripe peppers and tomatoes, chamomile flowers and rose petals, lovage, parsley, dill, cilantro and many other herbs, and I’m…

My Olympic Qigong Workout

The Olympics have been inspiring me to be more “in-body” this week.  Perhaps it’s just me, but I find it difficult to sit still while the world’s greatest athletes cycle, swim, tumble, pitch, fence, dive and even skateboard.  So, I’ve decided to model my Qigong on the Olympics this week while I watch: I LOVE cycling road races; and during…

Is Qigong Yin or Yang?

Yin and Yang aren’t opposites, but rather dependents–you can’t have one without the other.

Summer here in Dayton depends on it being winter in Australia or Argentina or Africa — their being tilted away from the sun is how we tilt towards the sun.  In addition, we understand concepts like Summer and Winter, because we can compare the two — Summer is hot compared to the cold of Winter.