Five Easy Qigong Exercises to Improve Health

All my clients know that I love qigong. It’s easy to learn some movements that anyone can do right now. The benefits show up pretty quickly. You don’t need fancy equipment or a  lot of space to get started. Movements can be adapted to any fitness level. Qigong benefits the mind, body, and spirit. You can do it in the privacy of your own home at most times of day. What could be easier?

Here are some basic practices.

This one is “Cloud Hands.” If you notice variations from other Cloud Hands videos online or from what I have shown you, know that this is common. Learn one technique and stick to that. Don’t blend.

“Stands like a Tree” looks deceptively simple. Don’t ignore this one because it appears boring or too easy. You may notice that you tremble at first. You may notice how out of balance that you are. As you practice, your strength, awareness of energy, overall health, and sense of calm will increase. If you do only one qigong practice, I highly recommend this one!

This movement loosens the spine and shoulders, increases blood and Qi flow in the body. It can enhance focus. It creates a habit of moving rotationally from the waist, which is highly beneficial to your lumber spine, kidney health, and overall energy. By turning with the waist you are giving your abdominal organs and bowels a good massage. Be sure to keep your knees and hips forward when turning and move only from the waist, not pelvis.

Most qigong practices incorporate movement and breath. This one is a quickie that can be done anytime you feel anxious or stressed. It only takes a few minutes to learn and execute. The benefits are fairly immediate so you will want to do it regularly. More is more.

Here is another one that gives you a lot of bang for the short amount of time invested in learning and performing it. If you are new to qigong, it may appear really silly. Try it! It certainly won’t work if you don’t do it.

This one works by cleansing the five major organs:  heart, liver, spleen, lung and kidney. Every organ also has an associated sound. When you create each organ’s sound, stale, congested qi is expelled from the affected organ and is replaced with fresh, clear qi. When the energy is clear flowing and clean, the mind, body, and spirit is healthier.

I’d love to hear about your experience. Let me know how it goes!

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