Don’t Forget About Fabulous Qi Gong!

d7c4a8bdce41d973527930497fd56e7a

The Differences Between Tai Chi and Qi Gong

taoist_path_header_image

 

 

Find out the differences here.

Simply Simple

IMG_2402 IMG_2403

Okay, as an acupuncturist I just want to say that even though the “homework” acupuncturists give is usually wonderful (of course), I know full well that life is busy and sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in. This recommendation is SO SIMPLE, however, that there can’t be any reason not to work it in. You notice in the first picture our lovely model has her hands in the “natural position” of rest with her palms facing downward. This way of laying the hands accentuates the inward/downward orientation most of us use all day long. It’s the way we sit at desks, while on the phone, while driving, watching t.v. and etc. It’s a “closed” way of sitting. By just turning the palms upward, the shoulders/neck/arms/hands/heart and general orientation goes from inward/downward to upward/outward. This rotates the shoulders/neck/arms/hands/heart and outlook onward and upward so to speak. In traditional Chinese medicine, opening the heart means to open the mind which allows life’s opportunities through the door.

All this goodness from something so simple? Give it a try!

April Is Large Intestine Month

yoga twist

 

 

Did you know that April is the large intestine month?  It is! (Check out the other organs and their months here).

Did you know that as fascinating as the 5 to 8 feet long large intestine is (read about the organ here), you can live without it if necessary? You can!

Do you know that there are many good things you can do for your large intestine? There are!

Check out some great large intestine yoga

Follow up with large intestine qi gong

Only try these exercises if they are within your current abilities and if you aren’t sure- call the office.

 

Have fun!

 

 

This Will Put You In The Mood For A Good Laugh…

Laughing Together by Jim Epler
Laughing Together, a photo by Jim Epler on Flickr.

Check out this article on Laughing and qi gong here.

Qi Gong for Stuffy Noses

Noses by murkotik
Noses, a photo by murkotik on Flickr.

All people experience a stuffy nose at one time or another, whether from a cold, allergies or other reason. Here is a quick, simple, take-anywhere, highly effective qi gong method for clearing your sinuses when they are blocked. Rub vigorously and repeat as necessary.

Check out the video here

Stretch Those Hard-Working Eyes

You knew that your eyes can move because you have eye muscles right? Well, just like it’s a good idea to exercise your other muscles, it’s a good idea to exercise your eye muscles. Here’s a move to get you started. Big thanks to both Michelle and Brittian for “volunteering” to be photographed.

eye1 eye2Start by lowering one of your ears towards the shoulder below it. Go only as far as it is comfortable! When your ear is as low as it will go, allow your eyes to look up while taking one breath (Take the opportunity to get in a nice big-belly breath if you can swing it).  Exhale as you lower your eyes while bringing your head back up to its usual place. Repeat for the other side. Go slowly in case you give yourself the dizzies (stop if you do!) Start with three times for each side. Try it if your eyes are getting tired and/or mid afternoon. Email or call if you have any questions. Have fun!

A New Publication To Check Out…

yin yang by Chris Blakeley
yin yang, a photo by Chris Blakeley on Flickr.

I know! I know! Another entry about qi gong?!?!?! I can’t help it! It’s really good for you…

http://yang-sheng.com/

All Things Qi Gong

Qi Gong Shadow Play by Mr. P de Panama
Qi Gong Shadow Play, a photo by Mr. P de Panama on Flickr.

Interested in qi gong? Check out this link for all things qi gong:

qigong institute.org

Even More Qi Gong…

qi_gong_symbolToday includes¬† a short Chinese reading lesson. Even if you can’t pronounce these two characters in Chinese, they mean qi gong. The first character is qi. This is the qi your acupuncturist is trying to access when he or she needles you. The star burst in the bottom left is a kernel of rice. The remainder of the character is steam. The act of the rice transforming into steam denotes the creation of energy. The second character is the gong of qi gong. It means to cultivate. Read together, qi gong means the cultivation of qi or ways to produce energy in you. This weekend’s class taught the 6 Healing Sounds form. Just think, there is a motion done in conjunction with making a specific sound that can bring about positive change for anything that might be disharmonious about your health.

If this sounds interesting to you, be sure to call the office or ask about it at your next visit!