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...

Small has no inside big has no outside

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 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...

The Origins of Qigong

In ancient times most of the population of China consisted of peasants. The people would work in the fields all day until sunset, and then return to their homes to rest. Some would gather together and listen to the stories of their elders, while others would go and enjoy the cool night air after the heat of the day. Since the people enjoyed the refreshing nights more than the stifling days, they preferred the moon to the sun that is why the Chinese calendar follows the moon -it is a lunar...

Cloud hands in horse stance

Cloud hands is a very common name in both Taiji and Qigong, and this too is a Taiji Quan movement. The hands follow the path of the same circle but in opposite directions. Practising this movement will enhance your co-ordination, improve your mind balance and alleviate insomnia and arthritis. Move like a floating cloud, in a very relaxed way, and let the hands follow your waist. The hands should complete their circles at the same time. Move gently and slowly and look at whichever hand is on...

The Benefits of Qigong Practice

People have frequently tried to guess my age and got it wrong. Many of them think that I am five, seven, even ten years younger than I am. This makes me feel very pleased (who doesn't want others to think they are younger than they actually are ). It's all a result of my daily Qigong practice. First, Qigong makes my body strong and healthy. I have more energy for everyday life, -because Qigong follows the natural way to strengthen the internal body. Based on Chinese medicine, Yin and Yang, the...

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....

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...

Pushing the wave

Pushing waves is one of the full Taiji Quan movements, but it is slightly different here because we straighten the front leg when pushing the wave. In this movement the chest opens and is connected with the Qihu points in the stomach channel, so this exercise is good for the lungs and stomach. It is also beneficial for knee problems. 1. Stand with one leg forwards. Adopt a 'bow 2.Bring your hands in towards your chest so stance' so that your back foot turns out at 45 that your Hegu points face...