Although I have learned to give self care a higher priority, I notice that there are days and weeks in which I have exactly no energy. I feel lifeless, tired and really have to drag myself out of bed in the morning.
Do you have that too sometimes?
My daily activities require me to have enough energy to stand there and to be able to help my clients.
You can’t drink from an empty cup, so I started looking for ways to manage my energy level more.
Through an ad on my facebook page I ended up with Lee Holden, a Qi Gong master.
I can’t wait to tell you all about it 😉
What Is Qi Gong?
Qigong is a Chinese movement theory that has been practiced in Chinese culture for over 5000 years.
Qigong can be described as health exercises and is part of the ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine Teachings’ (TCM). TCM has its origins in a unique, comprehensive and systematic theoretical structure, including the theory of the Five Elements, the meridian system of the human body, Yin -Yang and other systems.
Qi (Chi) is usually translated as life energy, life force, or energy. Other definitions speak of breath, air, gas
Gong (Kung) is often translated as ‘working’. Other definitions are practice, labor, exercise, skill, mastery, merit, performance, service and result.
Qigong (Chi Kung) is the art of using energy to promote health and vitality.
Qigong is to work with the life energy, learning to control the flow and spread of Qi to promote health and harmony of body and mind.
Qigong is a holistic system of exercises, movements, postures, sound and breathing exercises. With these different methods, Qi is collected and stored in the body, as if we were filling a reservoir. We fill our body with pure healing energy.
Is It The Same As ‘Tai Chi’?
The older Qigong is related to Tai Chi and produced Tai Chi. Qigong is not aimed at self-defense or any ‘other’. Qigong is mainly directed inwards, at the flow of your ‘Qi’ or energy through your body.
Just like with Tai Chi, the movements in Qigong are performed slowly and in an attentive, flowing and relaxed way from the abdomen (Dantian). The breathing, the movement and the attention coincide more and more during the practice. The relaxation response becomes easier and faster. In this way the self-healing capacity of your body is stimulated and the effects of your stress reaction are neutralized.
Qigong is mainly done standing up, but can also be practiced sitting down or even lying down when necessary. Anyone can practice Qigong, regardless of limitations or health problems. If so, your (adapted) exercise can do you good! Your own situation is always the starting point. Choose lessons (sometimes private lessons are preferable) given by a trained and experienced teacher. He or she can give you exercises and adapt existing exercises to your personal possibilities.
What To Expect From a Qi Gong Practice?
As a practitioner, you will quickly get benefits such as better sleep, more peace of mind, more energy,…
Here’s an extensive list of all the health effects wiht Qi Gong:
– Increased strength, suppleness, stress resistance and endurance
– Strengthening the immune system
– Prevention of diseases
– Healing of acute and chronic diseases
– Improved blood circulation and vitality
– Improvement of the total metabolism
– Great effect on mental and physical ability
– Increased concentration
– Delayed aging process
– Protection against harmful influences of environmental pollution and energy pollution such as artificial electromagnetic fields, microwaves, radiation and high voltage cables, computer equipment, etc.
Qigong gives us the opportunity to feel and understand the Qi. We will cultivate more centering, inner peace and tranquility, soul happiness, unconditional love, connectedness, unity, wholeness. Qigong has proven to be significant to promote and maintain good health.
Everyone can benefit from your health and energy in a limited amount of time. By continuing to practice you can deepen your experience, refine your grip on your energy more and more and increase your energy frequency. You learn to take more and more of your life into your own hands. Yes, it takes time and attention, but in the meantime you already reap the benefits of your exercise: stress control, energy balance and your health in general.
Who Is Lee Holden?
Lee Holden (°1969) is a Qi Gong Master with over 25 years of experience. He’s also skilled in meditation and Tai Chi.
Lee released several books and DVD’s on the subject. He was a guest on several TV programs.
Lee is the founder of Pacific Healing Arts, a famous wellness practice in California.
He gives workshops and instructor trainings across the United States, in Asia and Europe.
Through his website you can find a wealth of exercises and detailed information about Qi Gong.
If you’re a newbie, I can advise you to subscribe on the free 5-day-Qi Gong- Challenge. It’s a wonderful way to get introduced into the Qi Gong field. You’ll find out in an easy and simple way if it’s also something for you!
I’m already very excited and made Qi Gong part of my daily self-care routine.
My Favourite Qi Gong Routine
If you’re not a fan of group classes, you can practice perfectly from the comfort of your own home.
All you need is a DVD player and TV or internet connection to watch exercise clips on Youtube.
There’s one exercises I like to do in the mornings. You have the choice between a short (10 minutes) or longer (20 minutes) version.
I love how I can feel my energy getting activated. I get warmer from the inside out as my inner heath is spread throughout my body.
Start Managing Your Energy Now
I hope I have been able to arouse your interest in this beautiful oriental practice.
Try Qi Gong With Lee Holden yourself and feel what it can do for you.
As with everything: give it time and be consistent.
It is better to practice 10 minutes every day than half an hour twice a week
Let me know what you think of it in the comment section below.