Things to Look Out For While Performing Qigong

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While standing in a Qigong posture, you will experience a natural and mild shaking that begins in your legs and works up through your body. This is natural and should happen. I stress the word 'mild'. Many make the big mistake in placing some weight onto the ball of the foot (K 1). This is incorrect as it causes something called 'adverse cyclic Qi'. This is when the body is unable to have a continuous flow of ground Qi up through K 1 because of the tension placed onto K 1. The Qi MUST flow up through the ground, so it builds up to such a degree that it bursts through the tension causing a violent shaking of the body in the form of a kind of waving movement. The body gyrates from side to side and up and down. This can cause brain damage as too much Qi is being taken into the head area which will cause something akin to heat stroke. The heels are the areas for natural activation of K 1, so when weight is placed onto this area, it causes a natural enhancement of ground Qi into the body. It is OK however, to place weight onto the balls of the feet for moments at a time as in the Taijiquan form where we for instance, perform a spinning turn on the ball of the foot. However, never any longer than 7 seconds.

The correct position of the weight during Qigong is right in the centre of the foot near where the foot joins the leg at the front. So if you were to run a vertical line down from the crown, straight down to the ground, that point where the line hits the ground would be right in the centre of the foot just forward of the front of the ankle. It can be further back, but no further forward.

Be careful that the chin does not stick out; pull it in gently to 'raise the back'. One of the most important 'classic sayings' from the old masters is that we always keep a vertical backbone, never swaying from left to right or from front to rear.

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Qigong also spelled Ch'i Kung is a potent system of healing and energy medicine from China. It's the art and science of utilizing breathing methods, gentle movement, and meditation to clean, fortify, and circulate the life energy qi.

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