Qi Gong is an unique and wonderful training for body and mind.
In this article I would like to share with you 4 tips on how to improve your Qi Gong practice and health, as well as your ability to sense energy.
(Please note that this article is for those who are already practicing Qi Gong. If you are new to it, you may wanna read my general article about Qi Gong first.)
No. 1: Change the speed
Depending on the style, teacher and your own personality, the speed of Qi Gong exercises can vary.
Try to move much slower than you normally do and check how is it.
Trying different speeds is something that can help every Qi Gong practitioner to deepen their practice. With increasing practice it becomes easier to feel energy in fast movements as well.
No. 2: Be repetitive
Martial arts master "Edgar Sulite" once said: "Repetition is the mother of all skills" and I agree.
Mastery takes time and continuous practice is the key, even if it is only 20 minutes a day.
A teacher once told me: "If you don't have 20 minutes a day to do something good for yourself, you better jump directly from the next skyscraper." I wouldn't put it quite so dramatically, but in fact, I think everyone can and should find the time to do something good for their body and mind. We don't have time, we take it!
Furthermore, repetitions of single exercises and movements are an absolute miracle when it comes to deepening the Qi Gong practice. Take a single exercise / movement like "Awakening The Qi" and do it for 15-30 minutes and see how it feels. The mental deepening, relaxation and energy awareness that results is unique. The more we repeat a movement, the more intuitive it becomes and we can be guided more and more by our subconscious and energy.
No. 3: Use Variations
Every Qi Gong practice has variations. If you think of exercises that have no variation, you just don't know them.
Also, most of the exercises can be done in different foot positions; normal, horse stance, step position, etc.
About the different Zhan Zhuang (standing like a tree) exercises I have heard the following. One master said there are 200 different Zhan Zhuang exercises. Another one said there are 600 different exercises and I think there are as many as you can name, because basically any static position can be such an exercise (as long as it does not go against the natural energy flow and biomechanics of the body).
Another good example is to have a look at the countless versions of the 8 Brocades. Some of the exercises are so different that you can't even recognize them and yet they are all called the 8 Brocades.
In summary; using variations can bring new insights and experiences and deepen the understanding of Qi Gong and the "Flow of Energy" in the body.
No. 4: Feel energy in daily life
You can turn every daily situation into a Qi Gong training and this is very powerful.
A good start is to become familiar with the Wu Chi position. If you can easily feel the energy flow enhancing effect of this basic static exercise, then you can also use it when "standing in everyday life" (e.g. at the bus stop).
Furthermore, it is recommended to train consciously when we carry things like shopping bags. Usually we tense our hand muscles very much, which is not necessary. A fraction of the strength we often use is quite sufficient to carry and move them. Next time you are holding a shopping bag in your hand or carrying something just pay attention to how much strength you use and how much you can relax your muscles and still lift the bag or object the same way. You will be surprised.
It is also recommended to sit consciously. This means that both soles of our feet are touching the floor, the shoulders are loose and if we want we can then use a simple Zhan Zhuang position with our hands (example at the desk: holding the hands with ease in the air above the keyboard) and train our energy. Just try it out! I am doing it right now between the sentences I am writing and I wish that as many people as possible can experience the healing effect of these energy exercises.
I hope these tips will help you to deepen your training and I wish you a good time!
See you soon,
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