Its dynamic exercises and meditations have Yin and Yang aspects: The Yin is being it ; the Yang is doing it. Yin qigong exercises are expressed through relaxed stretching, visualization, and breathing.
Yang qigong exercises are expressed in a more aerobic or dynamic way. They are particularly effective for supporting the immune system. In China, Qigong is used extensively for people with cancer. Chinese medicine uses Qigong exercises to maintain health, prevent illness, and extend longevity because it is a powerful tool for maintaining and restoring harmony to the Organ Systems, Essential Substances, and Channels. Qigong is also used for non-medical purposes, such as for fighting and for pursuing enlightenment.
Anyone of any age or physical condition can do Qigong. Some of us are born with one type of constitution; some with another. We each have inherited imbalances that we cannot control but with which we must work. But whatever your nature, Qigong can help you become the most balanced you can be. Qigong is truly a system for a lifetime. The effects may be powerful, but the routines themselves are usually gentle.
Even the dynamic exercises—some of which explode the Qi energy— use forcefulness in different ways than in the West. The following are some effects of Qigong exercises practiced regularly.
Free Enlightened Living Course: Maintaining Health Qigong exercises help maintain health by creating a state of mental and physical calmness, which indicates that the Qi energy is balanced and harmonious. When you start practicing Qigong exercises, the primary goal is to concentrate on letting go, letting go, letting go.
Most of us are familiar with physical strength of muscles, and when we think about exercising, we think in terms of tensing muscles. Qi energy is different. Qi strength is revealed by a smooth, calm, concentrated effort that is free of stress and does not pit one part of the body against another. However, when disharmony becomes apparent, Qigong exercises also can play a crucial role in restoring harmony. Qigong exercises use these contrasting and complementary qualities to restore harmony to the Essential Substances, Organ Systems, and Channels.
Extending Longevity In China, the use of Qigong exercises for maintaining health and curing illness did not satisfy those Buddhists and Daoists who engaged in more rigorous self-discipline. They wanted to be able to amplify the power of Qi energy and make the internal Organ Systems even stronger. This arcane use of Qigong was confined mostly to monasteries and the techniques have not been much publicized.
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One of the most difficult and profoundly effective techniques is called Marrow Washing Qigong. Practitioners learn to master the intricate manipulation of Qi—infusing the Eight Extraordinary Channels with Qi, and then guiding the Qi energy through the Channels to the bone marrow to cleanse and energize it. The result, according to religious tradition, is that monks can extend their life span to years or more. Although few if any of us can devote our lives to the stern practices of the monks, the health benefits of Qigong exercises certainly do improve the quality of life of everyone who practices it.
For the most part, the breathing, concentration, and agility were assets to the warriors and improved their well-being. Mastering Marrow Washing allows the practitioner to gain so much control over the flow of Qi energy that he or she can direct it into the forehead and elevate consciousness. Whatever reason you use Qigong, the practice should raise your Qi to a higher state if you increase concentration, practice controlled breathing, and execute the Qigong routines.
Concentration Concentration leads to and results from Qi energy awareness, breathing techniques , and Qigong exercises. It is a process of focusing in and letting go at the same time. Focusing does not mean that you wrinkle up your forehead and strain to pay attention.
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I suffered PTSD and severe anxiety for many years, and tried all the usual therapies CBT, medication, analysis, diet, exercise, acupuncture, vitamins, group therapy etc. Frankly, nothing really worked until I discovered - and applied - the somatic body techniques espoused by van der Kolk, and other luminaries such as Peter Levine, Pat Ogden, and Eugene Gendlin.
So much depends on our willingness and capacity to feel and experience what is going on inside us - not just think about it. Of course, it is also important to understand what is going on at a cognitive level in order to make sense of things. So there is certainly a role for traditional talk therapy, but it is not the main game. By combining a bottom-up somatic and a top-down cognitive approach, as van der Kolk suggests, it is possible to move towards genuine healing - not just a suppression of symptoms.
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I believed only losers behaved badly as adults due to anything in their childhood or past and that claiming you were affected by any past problem was a crutch to allow you to embrace failure. Frankly, for a time, that approach worked for me. I got married, had some great children still have them thankfully , built a company. But it didn't take too long until it all came crashing down. And, when it did, I spent nearly 1. The anxiety that was always in my throat and chest was, to put it mildly, a distraction. When you can't sleep because your heart is beating so forcefully that the entire bed is vibrating - at least it feels that way - you not only lose the joy of sleep, but you feel hopeless and miserable and even more so when you're not able to understand why you feel this way.
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