Being Attentive

One of the multiple translations of Dao De Jing states To experience without intention is to sense the world To experience with intention is to anticipate the world. Replacing intention with attention is a crucial prerequisite for being in the flow. When you are driven by your desires, you negate the present by striving to achieve what you think will be better than what is present. Every intention is based on expectations, projections and or judgments. Since life never seems to meet...

Transcending Holding Patterns

To excel in transcending your holding patterns, you would ideally receive Qi Dao Coaching from me or another certified Qi Dao Coach capable of utilizing some advanced practices beyond the scope of this basic book. During my studies of Hypnotherapy, I found out that certain aspects of Qi Dao Coaching are comparable to what Dr. Ernest Rossi considered the Symptom Path to Enlightenment. It really leads to enlightenment or, at least, fulfillment of your greatest dreams as well as empowering you to...

Energy Awareness

Tibetan Qigong

Qi Dao teaches that energy is the inner essence of all things and events in this universe. For example, pushing forward doesn't merely have something to do with projecting energy forward - it is a forward flow of energy. By exploring Harmonious Culture of Movement, you are not just preparing yourself for developing Energy Awareness, you are developing it The following principles of energy awareness involve alignment of the body while acting energetically in one direction or another. As your...

Rotating both arms together

Resume your Natural Stance once again and swing your arms back and forth loosely by undulating your pelvis. Keep your shoulder muscles totally relaxed. Imagine your arms to be ropes attached to your shoulders, animated only by the motions of your torso. Explore your ability to rotate both arms forward and - after several revolutions - backwards in a windmill motion using a wave flowing from the pelvis up the spine into the arms. The shoulder muscles should not get tired doing this as long as...

Opening with the left elbow

Symmetry of the torso is very helpful in making your Opening particularly effective. It entails that you maintain alignment of the spine with the median of the angle between your legs. You can explore this alignment when making Natural Steps sideways as your hands slide down your thighs. Test your Symmetry by checking whether both of your hands slide toward the knees at the same pace while you lift one leg and make a step. Last but not least, after you make a step with one foot, bring the other...

Torso Rotations

Torso rotation with the arms behind the back Making sure that you are in your Natural Stance, explore the range of motion of your shoulders by bringing your hands towards each other behind your back reaching over with one arm over your head and the other one down and around your torso. If you have any difficulty grasping the fingers behind your back this way, use a stick to inch your hands towards each other till you reach the limit of your range of motion. See if you can keep your body mass...

Aligning the head

Alignments of the head and neck are obvious areas to start with. People in modern society often complain about pain and tension in the neck and the base of the skull. Such tension blocks the circulation of blood and lymph and often leads to headaches, ringing in the ears, temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, eyesight disorders and other complaints. Observation suggests that energy cannot flow freely through areas of the body holding a lot of tension. Since communication requires free...

Chapter Four Six Directional Movements

Qi Dao respects the philosophical principles of Yin and Yang common in Oriental schools of thought, which oppose as well as complement and balance each other. Like a magnet where the positive and negative poles cannot exist without each other, Yin and Yang movements need to work together to balance and synchronize the body and its energy field. In each spatial plane of movement, such as the mid-sagittal (Centerline), frontal (vertical) and transverse (horizontal) planes, there are directions...

Chapter Six Holding Patterns

One of the benefits of becoming familiar with our Harmonious Culture of Movement is that it should encourage you to pay attention to your habitual ways of holding tension in various muscles in your body. Most people have a tendency to constantly maintain a certain degree of tension as though they are going to fall apart if they stop holding themselves together. Additionally, chronic tension in any particular area of the body cannot exist without counter-balancing tensions in many other parts of...

Exploring torso alignment

To compensate for this misalignment, the muscles on the weight-bearing side will have a tendency to pull the upper or thoracic spine in the opposite direction bringing the shoulder down on the same side. The neck will usually compensate by pulling away from the lower shoulder. Such habitual shifting of the weight away from the Center may result in developing a chronic pattern of holding tension in your body see the chapter on Holding Patterns . Ask your...

Rotating the arms in the opposite directions

Tibetan Qigong Healing

Now let us find out whether you can rotate your arms in the opposite directions at the same time one arm forward and the other one backwards. These arm rotations can be easier when you allow the hips to pivot. Whenever you are ready, reverse the directions of these arm rotations. This is an excellent exercise for developing greater coordination between the two hemispheres of the brain. Opening and closing both arms simultaneously Open and close both arms simultaneously while alternating the arm...

About the Companion DVD

Qi Dao DVD, designed as a companion for this ground-breaking book, takes you on a journey of discovering a greater sense of aliveness. Step-by-step, you will explore the process of self-realization using this unique system of energy work dedicated to helping you discover and harness the inner powers dormant in most people. This ancient art of awareness can be applied to virtually any sphere of life from healing to martial arts and from workplace to enlightenment You must see Lama Tantrapa...

Rotating the right ankle

Explore the flexibility of your ankles, one at a time, by lifting the heel of one foot off the ground and rotating it in a circular motion. Make these circles clockwise and counter-clockwise using the whole leg and hip to rotate the ankle around the ball of the foot. After a few revolutions, do the same experiment with the other foot. Compare perceptions of energy flow in the feet before you switch feet and do the same on the other side. Similar to the rotation of the head, with which you...

Torso rotation with the arms in front

Next, bring one elbow on top of the other and wrap your forearms around each other until the fingers of the lower hand touch the palm of the other hand, thumbs facing you. Add the rotation of your entire upper body in a circular fashion around your waist, letting your head roll around freely. After a few circles, alternate the arms and reverse the torso rotation. Again, it is particularly essential to keep your weight Centered between your feet to maintain balance.

About the Qi Dao Home Study Course

Discover the magic of Tibetan Dream Yoga as taught by Lama Somananda Tantrapa. In addition to this book, the companion DVD, Qi Dao Initiation CD, as well as the audiobook and workbook, are included into the Qi Dao Home Study Course. You may enjoy the practices presented in this Course on your own, although it is easier to learn and master with a practice partner or a Certified Qi Dao coach. Being able to test and experiment with all the Qi Dao practices is essential for developing greater...

Front Kick

Standing Front Kick

Front Kick is usually performed with the knee of the rear leg. If you just lift the rear foot off the ground, you will start falling backwards as with Natural Step backward. In order to create forward momentum, take a Natural Step forward with your front foot. As soon as all your weight shifts on the front foot, the back foot will be ready to leave the ground to launch a Front Kick. Lifting the knee on your Centerline will give it maximum power, in case you run into your target sooner than...

Amanic Qigong

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Natural Turn

Natural Turn is similar to Natural Step in terms of moving the same side foot as the direction that you turn in. When performing Natural Turns, you either give your body circular momentum or you use the momentum you receive from being pushed by another person. Using such momentum, you can lift the appropriate foot and allow your body to turn in that respective direction, pivoting on the heel of the opposite foot. For instance, if you want to turn to the right, pick up the right foot and turn on...

Rolling the wrists

Interlock the fingers of both hands together and imagine holding a small ball of energy, about the size of a tennis ball. Explore rolling your hands around the energy ball in one direction whichever you prefer . Then alternate the way your fingers interlock, so that the other thumb is on top, and reverse the direction of rotation. We often have habitual ways to interlock our fingers with one or the other thumb being always on top. Challenge your stereotypes by learning to interlock your fingers...

Rotating the head

First of all, assume your Natural Stance. Begin exploring the mobility of your neck by rotating your pelvis in a circular manner clockwise and counter-clockwise. Allow the motions of the torso to animate the head letting the head roll freely, in synch with the motions of the pelvis without using the neck muscles. Use the principle of Grounding to maintain your balance while keeping your whole torso relaxed throughout the movement and letting your arms hang loose and aligned at your sides. You...

Outward rotation of the leg bent at the knee

Experiment with standing on the left foot and rotating the right leg bent at the knee clockwise outwards in a circular manner in front of you. Allow your leg to hang loose and free of any muscular tension to experience the full range of movement in your hip joint. If you choose to speed up, you may find that centrifugal force of the leg rotation will cause the foot to rise up to the level of the knee. After a few revolutions, alternate the legs and explore the same type of movement on the other...

Rotating the knees

Standing with both feet together, knees slightly bent, place your hands on the kneecaps and rotate the knees in circles in one direction and then the other. Sometimes, your may find your hamstrings or other leg muscles tenser that you wish they were. Exploring the range of movement of your knees may help you discover any areas of tension that you may have around your knees. Most of the muscles of the leg are attached to the bones of the lower leg around the knee joint and can create pain below...

Exploring the flexibility of the hamstrings with splits

Keeping your feet wide apart, turn your hips to the right as you walk your hands in that direction, so that the right hand ends up on the right side of the right leg. Explore the flexibility of your hamstrings by rocking from one hand to the other. Alternate the legs by walking the hands to the opposite side. Make sure you point the toes of your front foot upward while keeping the front knee as straight as you can. After returning to the standing side-split position, find out whether you can...

Inward rotation of the leg bent at the knee

Knee Rotations

Now rotate the right leg bent in the knee counter-clockwise in a circular fashion in front of you. Allow your hips to open fully when your knee comes up and close them as your knee comes down. See if you can keep your torso and head aligned while making smooth circles with the knee. When you are ready to switch sides, explore the same movement with the left leg. As an alternative, you may choose to rotate one leg in one direction after the other and then do the same with the other leg. Compare...

Moving with the Energy Ball

With practice, you may find that the six directional movements presented in this chapter can be practiced with the hands holding an imaginary ball of energy. This will allow you to learn how to make your movements particularly smooth, fluid, and harmonious. Both hands can naturally perform primary and secondary movements in synch with each other when holding the energy ball from two opposite sides. For example, when making a Forward Push with the left elbow, bring the left hand to the right...

Shoulder Rolls

Shoulder Rolls

Explore the mobility of your shoulders and their connection with the lower body. Roll both shoulders forward, using the undulation of your pelvis to send a wave up your spine that moves the shoulders. After a few repetitions, reverse the motion and roll both shoulders backwards still keeping your arms relaxed at your sides. Notice that this backwards motion is similar to rowing a boat, less the movements of the arms. Naturally, rowing a boat requires a continuous expenditure of energy, and...

Upper Cut Downward Press application

When your adventure partner grabs your right hand with his or her right hand facing upward, follow the direction of Lao Gong point with a simulated Upper Cut. Your initial motion doesn't even have to be directed towards your partner's head. It can just move in that general direction on the outside of your partner's right elbow. If necessary, help your partner bend his or her right elbow using your other arm s secondary movement. As soon as your elbow reaches the level of his or her head, step...

Chapter One Qi Dao Fundamentals

Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual tradition known to humankind. Throughout its history, the human race has evolved significantly in both technology and science, but human nature has never changed. We all have the same primordial spiritual core that we often call our inner essence or spirit. This inner nature is not always apparent, for the wonders of technological and scientific progress tend to distract us more and more from paying attention to our inner nature as well as to the world of...

Tibetan Chi Kung

Most people experience being in the flow or in the zone at least once in their lives. If you have ever had such an amazing experience, you will probably never forget how empowered you felt. Being in the flow allows you to feel the flow of Qi - the energy of life. You can learn to perceive the flow of Qi in your body and around it however, trying to manipulate or direct this flow would only waste your time and energy, just like pushing a river upstream. Instead, through the practice of Qi Dao,...