My journey with horses started late in life when I was in my early 50s. I was working at UPS and they had a policy of serving the community, so I volunteered at a Therapeutic Riding center. The center served riders with mental, physical and emotional challenges. I could not believe the incredible gentleness and awareness of that these huge animals had with the fragile, sensitive humans they were carrying. Continue reading “Horses changed my Life!”
You can heal yourself by practicing Qigong
Qigong helps you to heal yourself by doing slow, conscious movements, using visualization and meditation. Qigong has withstood the test of time and has been practiced in China for thousands of years. It is practiced both as a martial art and for the medical benefit. It teaches you to connect to your body and to move consciously to collect, concentrate and manipulate your life force energy (Qi). It’s fun and easy to learn!
There are many different forms and styles of Qigong which can be done by all people regardless of age or physical condition. It can be customized to be done sitting or standing and the meditations can even be done laying down! It is a simple, efficient and effective method for helping you heal physical and emotional pain and enhance the quality of your life and the lives of others. Continue reading “Benefits of Qigong”
My favorite type of Qigong is called Spring Forest Qigong. I know and have practiced other types of Qigong but I believe that you can move deeper and deeper into this one form. It has incredible healing capabilities for not only healing yourself but healing others. I find that my connection to my spirit and to divine source has also opened up magnificently.
Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) was developed by Master Chunyi Lin. It is easy to learn and easy to remember. Master Lin’s CDs, books and DVDs are wonderful sources of information. I appreciate his practical approach where he explains the various components of Qigong, including visualization, breathing and sound. Continue reading “Spring Forest Qigong”
One of my favorite traditional Qigong forms it Eight Pieces of Brocade or the Ba Duan Jin. This form has been practiced for thousands of years. It has one of my favorite Qigong forms called ‘The Archer’. These movements are a great combination of relaxation and flow combined with moments of strength. The purpose of these exercises is to increase internal energy circulation through spiritual cultivation and physical exercises so as to improve health and fitness.
Here is your document detailing all of the moves of the Ba Duan Jin.
Coming Soon will be a video of the complete form.
One of the most powerful Qigong practices is standing meditation. It looks deceptabley simple but it is actually very difficult to stand in an upright position without moving from more than a couple of minutes. This is the basic starting position for many other Qigong forms and for TaiChi.
Your body needs to be relaxed yet supported with your spinal column straight and your knees slightly bent. Continue reading “Qigong – Standing Meditation”
This routine will energize you in the morning and get your Qi flowing!
Bouncing and shaking is fun to do and has the added benefits of getting your blood, lymph systems and energy flowing strongly in your body. Continue reading “Qigong – Morning Wake-up”
According to Chinese Traditions, your body is powered by life energy call ‘Qi’ or ‘Chi’. This energy flows through your body along meridians, just like water flows through the rivers of the earth. When this energy movement is blocked, then problems (pain) occur in your body and impact your health. Continue reading “Qigong – Feeling the Energy”
This Qigong movement is very simple movement where you raise and open your arms and then bring them back down. As you are raising your arms you open your body to receive universal energy. The front of you body has many acupuncture points and meridians. As you hands pass up and down the front of your body, these points and meridians will be stimulated. Continue reading “Qigong – Connect to the Universe”
Laura is certified by the Chinese Health Qigong Association. The forms that I can teach are Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin), Changing Body and Tendon (Yi Jin Jing) and Six Healing Sounds (Liu Zi Jue). Each one of these forms has a specific purpose and each movement within the form has a specific purpose. The more precise the movement and the breathing, the greater health benefit will be received.
Click here to see a simplified version of the Ba Duan Jin.
Laura is in second row. This was at an informal dinner reception in NJ. The music was selected through a competition and flows with the movements.
As you get deeper into your Qigong practice you will find that your relationships will really change. I was reminded of this a couple of days ago when I was walking my dog in the park. There was a man and woman having a heated discussion on the bridge where my dog goes wading. It was actually more like a Mom yelling at her kid than two adults.
Over the last couple of years, I have lost the filter between my mind and my mouth and I say whatever I am thinking. So, I said to the woman, ‘It would be great if you could take that discussion to a more private place.’ Well then, the triade turned to me. ‘I’m trying to save my marriage here and we have kids and we came here to talk’. I said ‘I’ve been where you are and if your husband doesn’t want to change, there is nothing you can do to change him. It happened to me and I got divorced and it was great for everybody!’
At this point, she stopped & looked at me and said ‘please forgive me for bothering you’. This was said in a sarcastic tone so I just walked away. Of course, Nikki (my dog) wanted to get out of there too!
I was wondering why this encounter was still with me today. I realized that when I started practicing Qigong, Master Nan Lu, stated that many marriages will break up when only one of the couple is practicing Qigong. He also said that you may find a whole new set of friends. Well, that was so true for me!
Many years ago, when I started my daily Qigong practice, I felt such a release of my physical and emotional garbage and started getting in touch with who I really was. As I did this, <em>I realized that I had married my mother!!</em> Somebody who was just not capable of showing love to someone else. We had other problems related to my husband not taking responsibility for anything with the house and kids, but the defining moment was when I realized I was repeating an earlier pattern in my life.
Qigong helped me to realize that I was capable of giving and receiving love. I had been so traumatized by my childhood that I never before believed I could love myself. Qigong broke open those walls in my heart to say that I deserved to be with a loving person. So, after much discussion and counseling we got divorced. And you know what? It really worked out well for everyone!
Don’t get me wrong, I still have much work to do in opening my heart and I had some other relationships that showed me other aspects of myself. But, Qigong has shown me that life is a continual spiral of realizing things about yourself and releasing them to the universe. You may think you have released everything about a particular issue and then it comes charging back again so that you can release even more.
So, serious Qigong practitioners beware…you may end up having a new spouse and new friends! But you will be much happier with yourself and them.