Greetings friends of Qigong! Welcome to the birth of my blog. I admit, I haven’t read very many blogs, so this is a very new adventure for me into the cyber-void. My intention for this blog is to create a platform where people can ask me questions, share their experiences, and health-related news. I plan to share wisdom on the subjects of qigong, intuition, shamanism, herbs, seasonal tips, women’s health issues and whatever else is inspiring me. I receive a large amount of emails and so I would like to use this blog as an opportunity to address some of the common inquiries and popular themes. I encourage you to use my blog to share most of your questions and ideas and only email me if it’s really personal.
I am excited to begin the Water Snake Year by initiating a group Qigong Gong. A “gong” is traditionally 100 days of consecutive practice. By committing to this concentrated practice you will cultivate more Qi (energy), feel stronger, more focused and an overall greater sense of well-being. I just had a student email me saying that she’s been practicing daily since my workshop last spring and is “in love with life and Qigong!” This in an inspiring example of the enthusiasm that we all would like to feel!
My suggestion is to pick an amount of time (15 min. minimum) that you intend to practice daily for the gong. A half hour is ideal, but the most important thing is to choose a time that will realistically fit into your schedule. The next step is to set an intention. Ask yourself what it is that you would like to achieve? (For example: stronger arms, more flexibility, reduced stress, more energy, etc.) As you probably know, the more clear you can be in stating your intentions, the easier they will manifest.
I would also encourage you to choose one form or stance that you resonate with and will focus on. If you don’t have very much time to spend then just choose a stance and set a goal for your time. Begin slowly, with 1-3 minutes, and then build up in incremental steps so that you will gradually get to 10 minutes or more after 100 days. Focusing on a stance is beneficial, since stances build the body’s energy and overall health more than any other qigong. Stances also quiet the mind and liver Hun, which is the spirit of the liver that likes to fly off in dreams and can have a hard time staying rooted in the body. (I will expand more on this topic another time!)
Please feel free to share your challenges, concerns, and pains as well as your revelations and joys with the group. I am really looking forward to sharing this with my new online circle.
We will begin the gong on Monday, Feb. 4th. I welcome you to share your intentions and what you are focusing on during the gong and we can all offer support for each other as a Qigong sacred circle.
Best of luck on your practice!