12. April 2018 · Comments Off on The Value Of Tai Chi In Mastering The Qi Energy In Your Body · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags:

Taiji or Tai chi means the origin. According to Chinese tradition, there exists opposite forces in the universe at the time of creation. These forces are known as Yin and Yang and they interact with each other, and merge with different forces in the universe: the Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, and Metal energy. Yin and Yang bring creation into being with a variety of characteristics.

Various Qi gong schools perform exercises that apply the concept of Qi in the field of martial arts to master Qi and improve power, strength, and health. Qigong literally means the (art) of mastering Qi.

All of us live because our breath or Qi is active. You die when you stop breathing. Life’s characteristic is motion. Your body functions only because of the constant flow of nutrition, water, oxygen, blood, and Qi throughout the body. If the flow of your blood and Qi is smooth, you stay healthy. Qi is the life force that drives your life.

Hence, when one practices Qi Gong, he learns to master the energy or Qi in his body.

Qigong is the technique to master the Qi force in your body.

So, now that we know what Qigong is, we can ask is Tai chi? Most of us mistake Tai chi for Tai chi Quan which is the martial art that apples the principle of Tai chi to physical movements of the body, such as Tai chi 108 sets or Tai chi 24 sets. It is extremely helpful for improving self defense and health.

However, most Tai chi associations and schools today have unfortunately lost the art of Tai chi Qi gong which is the basis of Tai chi Quan. Most of the time, when people say they learn Tai chi, they refer to the external form of Tai chi Quan movements. Although the practice of Tai chi Quan is beneficial, one can benefit much more by knowing both Tai chi Quan and Tai chi Qigong.

This will lead us to Tai ji Gong, which is the total art of Tai chi, including Tai chi Knife, Tai chi Sword, Taichi Quan, and Tai chi Qigong and other Tai chi techniques established using the classic rules of Tai chi. Tai chi is the genuine art that we can trace back to millennia of genuine practitioners.

In learning Tai ji Gong to master the energy within your body, you need to first start with Tai chi Qi Gong. You’ll learn how to empower your energy and organs, replenish powerful energy from the universe, open your meridian channels, and detoxify any negative energy you have in the body.

After that, you can go forward in your learning of Tai chi Quan, as well as learning Tai chi Knife, Tai chi Sword, etc. The level of internal energy and the discipline required is different at each stage.

As one practices, he can progress to greater levels of Tai ji Gong mastery. You’ll be able to master your Qi, and will also help channel the Qi energy all over your body at any moment of Tai ji exercise. You’ll be able to rejuvenate your body, heal sickness significantly, and gain instant energy.

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12. April 2018 · Comments Off on Qi Gong Baseball Strength Training Program · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

Coaching baseball could be more fun by incorporating a bit of Eastern wisdom into your baseball strength training program. Chi Kung, more popularly known as Qi Gong, is an ancient Chinese holistic technique that unites spirit, body, and mind whilst helping the practitioner to be in touch with the earth and his/her own energy. It integrates a variety of postures and movements of the body and the synchronization of different breathing techniques.

Most practitioners perform qi gong as a way to enhance or maintain wellness and health, some use it to support medical treatment or as a form of treatment. It is often learned along with Chinese martial arts as a supplementing or supporting discipline. It inculcates discipline and control whilst helping the body to breathe correctly and to re-channel Qi or vital energy. Qi in Chinese means gas or breath and it represents the field of energy that exists inside the body.

There are four leading fields of application in this area: Sports, Spiritual, External Healing, and Healing Qi Gong.

Sports Qi Gong (Wu Gong)

This field is very helpful in sports training because it is important for resistance to injury, coordination, stamina, balance, strength, flexibility, and speed. Because Qi Gong exercises are able to boost performance in any sport, it can be extremely useful in baseball strength training. It can help players improve their focus and make them faster and stronger. In addition, this technique helps increase accuracy on the field and in a person’s overall ability in the sport.

Spiritual Qi Gong (Tao Gong or Fo Gong)

This discipline obviously focuses on the spirit. It is designed to open the individual to harmony with nature, tranquility, and self realization. This aspect of Qi Gong is rooted in Taoism and Buddhism.

External Chi Healing (Wai Qi Shi Liao)

This can aid the healer to exploit nature’s healing energy and course it through his/her body. The exercises are designed to raise the sensitivity of the healer to energy fields and enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. The fundamental concept to this is the more this style is practiced, the more effective will the healing ability of the practitioner become. The techniques are suited for standalone practice or in combination with osteopathy, acupuncture, massage, and other therapies.

Healing Qi Gong or Medical Qi Gong (Yi Gong)

This style is an aspect of Chinese Medicine that is preventive and self healing. It instructs individuals how to control their responses to stress which can help prevent the rise of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other diseases. It is quite helpful in relieving anxiety.

Qi Gong can be integrated into baseball strength training to help players take their game to the next level. It can be used as part of baseball coaching and player training. By practicing this technique, players can improve their skills will improve and stay focus. It can benefit the entire team as well as the individual player.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

05. April 2018 · Comments Off on Tai Chi Boosts The Immune System And Improves The Function Of The Lymphatic System · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

Tai Chi Chua means “the supreme” (Tai), “ultimate” (Chi) and “fist” (Chuan). Tai Chi Chuan is actually a type of martial art despite its being renowned as just a gentle form meditation exercise. Tai Chi is both powerful and effective when used as a martial art. It takes lots practice to even glean more so when you learn that in Tai Chi, the major aim is to use the power of your mind combined with the power and energy of your body to unleash force in whatever direction you want.

Tai Chi’s benefits are enormous and include enhanced well-being, balance, posture, circulation, and coordination. Since it is performed with a relaxed focus and in a slow manner, the nervous system becomes calmer which also makes you so. This contemplative effect allows you to gain a clearer perspective mentally and this can only be a huge advantage for you in today’s fast and frenetic world. Actually, the stress busting qualities of Tai Chi is one of the biggest reasons people decide to practice Tai Chi as it gives them a true sense of emotional, physical, and spiritual health and a calmer mind.

Tai Chi originated thousands of years ago and so it had quite a time to evolve and develop into the therapeutic and martial art technique we now know. This gradual course of change that tai chi has gone through over the millennia is reflected in the way it is practiced, i.e. at a contemplative pace with no need to hasten rush to finish its engrossing and intricate motions. Its flow and softness allow you relax, but a type of relaxation that rejuvenates your entire being. People buzz with Chi (vital energy) at the end of a Tai Chi class, as this technique promotes the flow of your Chi and blockages and tension just seem to melt away. It all sounds extremely beautiful and blissful, which it actually is although you may need to put a little effort in to it to gain great results.

It’s difficult to fully understand that something so elegant and graceful is sometimes used to defend you from physical attacks, but then again there is an old Chinese proverb that says ‘the best fighters are the ones that never fight.’ This means there is no need for conflict if there are no enemies externally or internally. Tai Chi is based on Taoist philosophy. This includes the principle that all conflict only gets worse if you fight force with force. To overcome any situation, Tai Chi teaches you to be flexible and yielding. This can reduce the potential for conflict leaving room for dialogue and negotiation.

When you make it a habit to practice tai chi on a daily basis, you have gained a significant advantage in the way you enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and physical aspects of your life.

Part of tai chi physiological aspect includes the influence it has on our joints, lymphatic system, and brain. Recent neurological studies have revealed that practicing tai chi spurs the brain to function more effectively. This in part is due to the increase of oxygenated blood going to the brain (as the breathing exercises performed in tai chi strengthens lung elasticity and capacity) and partly also due to the calming contemplative effect of tai chi which alters the frequency of the brains from normal active waking waves (beta waves) to awake and receptive between sleep waves that are associated with a better ability to remember and learn (alpha waves).

Partly responsible for the detoxification of blood, the lymphatic system is activated by tai chi’s gentle muscular work. The relaxed soft motions massage the lymph nodes boosts the immune system and improve the function of the lymphatic system. The parts of the body where pains and aches often occur are the joints and so it’s important at any age maintain healthy active joints. Because the load that the joints of the body have to bear is kept in strong alignment throughout, the function and health of the body is protected whilst the flow of blood in and around the joints is enhanced.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

05. April 2018 · Comments Off on Qi Gong Uplifts The Spiritual, Mental, And Physical Aspects Of Your Life · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

If you are serious about your health, then it is a no-brainer that incorporating physical exercises into your daily life is a must. Unfortunately, majority of the population seem to forget this fact. When physical activity or exercise is mentioned, we usually conjure up an image of ourselves lifting weights in the gym or running endless miles either outdoors or in a treadmill. If you are searching for a way to maintain or enhance your health, there are many options available that can help fulfill your goals.

As you approach or pass middle age, the objective of your physical activity is no longer about having the biggest bulging muscles or looking slim and fabulous in a bikini, but instead about extending your life and improving its quality. You should consider trying Qi Gong if this is indeed your objective. This classic Chinese practice is comprised series of body motions with focus on breathing.

The origins of Qigong has been controversial but yet rich. It is a branch of an Eastern medical system known as traditional Chinese medicine and is also deemed by many to be to a spiritual movement. Qi gong has three fundamental classifications which include the spiritual, medical, and martial forms. The practice of Qigong in the West is overwhelmingly for health purposes and its exercises are a magnificent way to attain good health and well being among its practitioners.

Qi gong is a Chinese term that means life energy (Qi) and to accomplish a skill through steady or daily practice and effort (Gong). According to traditional Chinese medicine, each of us are born with this life energy or Qi and by using it, we can receive health benefits that uplift us physically, spiritually, and mentally. Not only can Qi gong soothe the mind and spirit, which helps relieve stress, it has also been proven to beef up the immune system as well as build overall stamina, lower hypertension, raise vitality, and improve posture and balance. A committed Qi gong practitioner can bolster the function of his/her cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, digestive system, circulatory system, and respiratory system, all of which are very essential for living a good quality life and for aging well.

Qi gong is usually divided into two basic types: hard qi gong and soft qi gong. Hard Qigong generally refers to Martial Arts, and its objective is to strengthen discipline and concentration. Soft Qigong refers to Tai Chi and its focus is to enhance the overall health of the spirit, mind, and body. Various styles or forms can be easily done by all physical abilities and ages including people who are physically challenged. Qigong is an attractive activity regardless of what style you choose as it enables you to workout right in the comfort of your own home and its benefits can be attained by practicing it at least 20 minutes a day.

If you desire to do qi gong at home, there are many DVDs and books available to help you get started; if you want to practice in a group setting, there are qi gong classes you can enroll in. Keep in mind that Qigong requires commitment and practice with the focus on mental focus, specific postures, and proper breathing techniques. Integrating this practice into your lifestyle will provide you with a lot benefits that many exercise routines cannot offer. Qigong helps you to free negative behaviors and attitudes and foster a positive outlook on life by restoring balance in your life by promoting enjoyment, stability, and harmony.

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