Every qigong class teaches form, yet what happens when you get stuck, or "your body doesn't do that?"
We have been contemplating the use of our backs, feet and side to side movements as part of the continuing summer classes. When students come to class with a non-compliant shoulder, or elbow, or knee or foot, then it can be most difficult to move into the practice. Here is where I offer practical advice on how to move and what to move. For example, maybe we start every arm raise with an elbow, instead of using your shoulder. This is a very different way of thinking about the body. We think "elbow" and "lift from the back". This sets an intention and then the body makes different connections. This in turn eases pain in a joint and does not irritate an injured part.
For those with no physical pain or limitations, then the focus might be on the breath. Big breathing, little breathing, controlled breathing. This is a practice you eventually combine with the qigong movements. There is always something more to explore. When you are adept with moving and breathing then you can begin to focus on sensation happening inside. Many students find a wave action begin to take place. This would be "connecting with Qi".
How long does it take to get there? I cannot tell you. What I can tell you is that each time you practice, you discover something about yourself. Discover something about your mind and the way it thinks, discover something about the essence of who you are. You may begin to discover you are "more qi, less me". What a relief that can be! The process is in the practice of qigong and the journey you take each time you practice. There is no "goal" of qigong. There is benefit to yourself as you develop your three treasures: your Jing, Qi and Shen, your body-self, your energy, your spirt. Drop in and join me for these summer classes at:
Boise Racquet & Swim club: Magic Square Qigong
Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Drop in - $10
Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park
Fridays 10:00 AM
Drop in - Free
What i have been up to
I have just returned from my annual summer workshop with my teachers, Dr. Liu Dong and Master Liu He. Their inspiration has no boundaries. I am now certified to teach "Qigong of the Great White Crane", look for the form this fall. I also master certified "Jade Woman Qigong". This means I can train and certify a student to teach the Jade Woman form. Interested? I am happy to discuss this potential with you!
While there I learned three new forms: Iron Shirt Buddha, Mu Wang Dui and Training the Hun & Limiting the Po. Each of these Qigong forms continue to reveal their gifts to me. By next summers end, I plan to share with you.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to attend a weekend workhshop here is your chance. Master Liu He will be teaching "Winter Yang Shen" in Lewiston, Idaho this October 5th - 6th, 2019. She is co-founder of the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School in Portland and is on the faculty of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Check out the link in the box below to find out more. You can also contact Jennifer Bauer at email@example.com or (208) 790-3250.