The right direction to face

The four points of the compass relate to different internal organs East for the liver, West for the lungs, North for the kidneys and South for the heart. If you have a health problem in any of these areas, face the appropriate direction. If, however, you have a problem with your stomach, you can face whichever direction you like -this is because the stomach is the centre. But our health problems are also connected to our Yin and Yang, and you might find that you need to face the opposite...

Warnings and health restrictions

Qigong deals with the internal body and mind which is full of Qi and which must follow 'the natural way'. Any artificial ways are not good for your Qi, so during practice you must -make sure you relax the body and calm the mind. Alcohol, smoking and medicines will affect you -you may feel sick, dizzy, tired or weak. You should try and avoid practising if you are feeling any extremes of emotion, for instance if you feel very sad, angry or worried. Try also to practise away from any source of...

Taking part in other sports pros and cons

People who are starting to practise Qigong o.ften ask if it is all right to participate in other sports such as swimming, football, tennis, weight training and so on. There is no reason why you should not continue to enjoy these activities, but you will of course be using up the Qi that you have stored. This is because fitness training in the West is based on the principle of 'No pain, no gain'. People push their bodies until they are hot, sweaty and exhausted, after which they need to eat and...

The Dantien up and down

THIS is good for your lungs, increases your breathing and stimulates your Dantien Qi by moving up and down. 1. Stand as in Step 2 of the previous exercise. 2. JJ, Separate your hands so the palms face upwards and the fingertips point towards each other. The hands should be level Slowly raise your hands from the Dantien to the chest, as high as the Qihu points on the upper chest, and breathe in. 4. JJ . Turn your palms down so the Hegu point on the hand faces the Qihu point LEFT and lower your...

Feelings during Qigong practice

Normally when you practisc Qigong you will experience sensations of warmth, tingling, itchiness and electricity. Whatever you feel, just let it happen -the feelings will find their own way to balance you. Sometimes, however, you may feel sleepy this means that you are tired and should rest. Alternatively you might feel cold or even in pain. This means that you have a problem in the area where you are experiencing pain because the Qi is not flowing well there, and you need to practise more.

Healing Others with Highly Developed Qi

When their Prenatal Qi develops, some people have strong Qi and can heal others. For example, if one of your friends were suffering from a stomach ache or a shoulder strain, you would just touch them where the pain was and suddenly they would find that the pain had gone and they felt much more relaxed. This is because you transmitted your Qi to the blocked area of your friend's body, smoothing the channels and releasing the ntlgative energy. You become, in effect, an acupuncturist who does not...

What are the benefits

The main reasons why people meditate today are to relax and recharge their energy, but there are actually more benefits than this to be gained. If you achieve a high level of meditation, the Chinese believe you can heal all your illnesses. One example is a friend of my teacher Yip Chun who taught me the martial art of Wing Chun . This friend had been suffering from a chronic disease for many years. People would turn away when he spoke to them because of the bad smell coming from his body....

Turning waist to pushing palm

Turning The Waist Pushing Palms

This is a Taiji Quan movement, but we perform it differently since it is being used here for health purposes. Turning the waist strengthens your stomach and kidneys and opens the Dantien. Just make sure your palm comes from the centre when you push out. When you push with your left hand, it comes from the top of your crossed hands but when you push with your right hand, this hand comes from on top. Again, breathe on alternate sides. 1. Stand with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders....

Alleviating depression

1.Place the right hand on the left side of the chest while placing your left on your back. 2. Move your right hand in a downwards stroke to finish at your waist. Breathe in as you do so. 2. Move your right hand in a downwards stroke to finish at your waist. Breathe in as you do so. The secret energy users EATING AND DRINKING Before we start, perhaps I should explain that the terms I use in the chapter title have nothing whatsoever to do with having babies -they refer to different kinds of...

Chapter The Basic Principles of Qigong

Good Wok Qi Good Fresh Dishes of food explain it, it has a different meaning. In order to understand it, you need to experience it. Qi is the same Qi is not just energy, it is more. If you accept electricity as the embodiment of energy for modern Western society I call it external energy , you have to accept internal energy -Qi. Qi is the vital energy that maintains our lives without it we will become tired and ill, and die. External, internal- the principle of Yin and Yang the one cannot exist...

Peeping monkey

THIS movement stimulates the Du Channel, which connects the whole spine. The Laogong point on the palm transmits the energy to the Yamen point on the neck. The exercise can cure backache and straighten the spine, making the body more upright. Breathing should be natural- breathe in on one side and breathe out on the other. 3. I Raise your right arm and with your fingers touch the Yamen point on the back of the neck. At the same time bring the left hand to the back, so the left Hegu point...

Chapter Balancing Gong

Balancing Gong is a Daoist Qigong exercise which mainly imitates the movements and daily life of animals. The exercises work by stimulating the Dantien to strengthen the back, shoulders and neck. Nowadays, people have to sit for long periods in offices, cars, and so on. As a result in middle age their joints become stiff and painful, and sometimes even swollen. This is because of poor circulation. In Chinesc medicine the Qi and the blood are connectcd. If the circulation is good then the Qi...

Holding the Dantien

Dantien Nde

THIS starting exercise stimulates the Dantien which stores the Qi. Placing your hands on your stomach connects the Laogong points at the centre of your palms to the Qihai point about 1.5 cm below the navel which relates to the Dantien. 1. Stand naturally, with your feet as wide as your shoulders. Keep your back straight and relax your shoulders and neck, keeping your head in an upright, natural position. Unless stated otherwise, follow this starting position for all the exercises. 2. I Men...

Small has no inside big has no outside

Tai Yang Acupoint

Nowadays many scientists spend a lot of their nation's money trying to extend the frontiers of knowledge. They want to know what is 'on the inside'. They have broken things down into molecules, atoms and electrons, smaller and smaller particles, and even sub-atomic particles. Each time they think they have found the smallest 'thing', they find another even smaller. And each time they look they find something different. It is as though these things create themselves. Modern scientists spend...

Balancing Qi Shou Gong

At the end of every practice you should finish with Shou Gong to bring all the Qi back to the Dantien and store it there. It will also make you calm and relaxed. 1. Stand still with a slightly open stance. 2. Bring your hands to the Dantien, palms up and fingers facing each other. 3. Lift up your hands to your chest and rise up on your toes. Breathe in. Turn your palms downwards, drop your heels and let your hands sink down to the Dantien. Breathe out. After finishing the movements of Qigong...

Bow sleeping

LIE ON your side left side to improve the liver and heart and right side for the kidneys and lungs . Put the bottom hand under your head and the other hand on your legs. Slightly bend the bottom leg, which allows the Qi to flow strongly. See photograph below. From the Tang to the Song Dynasty AD 618 -1127 lived Chen Bo, a very famous Daoist. His sleeping method enabled him to go for months without waking up. Once a woodcutter passed through Hwa Shah, where Chen Bo lived, and there saw what he...

Rainbow dance

Tai Chi Rainbow Dance

THIS movement looks like a lady holding two ribbons and waving her hands. It will make your stomach strong and help you to lose weight. It can also clear headaches because the Laogong point on the hand is transmitting the Qi to the Baihui point on the top of the head. 1. Stand naturally, with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders. 2. Lean to the left and bend your right leg. 3. I y Raise your left arm to shoulder level and look at your left hand. Raise your right hand and hold it above...

Standing Positions Zhan Zhong Three small circles standing position

Standing Meditation Positions

STAND still, with your legs as wide as your shoulders. Bend your knees and raise your hands as if you were holding a ball in front of your Dantien. Your palms should face your Dantien so that your Laogong points face your Dantien. Close your eyes and choose one of the concentration methods. Then relax. Bring your mind to your Dantien, then at the end forget everything. If you find that your body moves, control it. This is not Spontaneous Qigong, so the body should not move. If your arms or...

Menstruation

There are no restrictions for women practising Qigong during menstruation. Practising Qigong can help your circulation during a period md so ease headaches, stomach cramps and any emotional problems. This is because during menstruation the body changes due to the change in the blood circulation and pressure, and by practising Qigong you can calm and balance the blood. Some women, however, have very heavy periods. If this is the case, you should change your meditation so that instead of...

Rowing the boat in the middle of the lake

Rowing Boat The Middle The Lake

IF you suffer from backache, tiredness or kidney problems this is a good exercise for you. But make sure you keep your legs straight and do not bend your head forwards lower than your waist -otherwise you will get dizzy. 1. Stand naturally and relax your whole body. slightly back and up, open your chest and breathe in. 3. When your arms are pointing up, bend forwards from the waist keeping your back straight and continue circling your arms forward and down. Breathe out. 4. When your arms point...

Lifting up the ball

This exercise should be performed with light, relaxed movements. It is as if you are gently bouncing a balloon with your hands to keep it in the air. Make sure your hands lift higher than your shoulders and that the back hand's Hegu point keeps facing the Huantiao point on the buttock to smooth the Gall Bladder Channel. This movement is good for the spirit, blood pressure and mind balance. 1. Stand naturally and relax your whole body. 2. Turn to the left and shift your weight to your left leg....