QigongStarting The Day
Qigong for Health.
Qigong is one of the most ancient meditation practice. It’s been around for about 5,000 years and is the basis of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Simply put, Qigong is the practice of using your breath to direct the flow of life force, or qi (chi) in your body to achieve better health.
Qigong has many forms and many variations. It can also be used to develop unique abilities in martial arts, or it can be used to withstand extreme environmental conditions, like the renowned “ice man” Wim Hof.
The Qigong practice we teach at our retreats has one goal in mind: improved health. It’s a practice meant to Heal U from illness and disease whist also helping you create vibrant health.
When we get stressed, anxious, or frustrated, our sympathetic nervous system activates a “fight-or-flight” response. Our body produces cortisol and adrenaline, blood pressure and heart rate go up, the breath starts to get short and fast, and functions like immunity and digestion are put on hold.
Unfortunately, many people experience chronic stress and live their life in this state. The good news is Qigong can turn on your “fight-or-flight” response off and your “rest-and-digest” response on, which is the parasympathetic nervous system.
In this state your heart rate slows, digestive activity increase, muscles in the GI tract activate, cortisol lowers, and blood pressure returns to normal. This state can lead to improved gut health, better endocrine function, a stronger heart, and much healthier emotional state.
Just focusing on the out breath (exhale) you can release long held tension in the body. Think how people generally sigh in relief (exhale) and gasp in terror (inhale). One leads to “rest and digest” and the other to “fight or flight.”
Try this exercise. Clench your teeth, hold it for a few seconds. Then release. Notice how your whole face feels when unclenching your teeth. Imagine each part of the body where tension held and then released. Blockages can open up, stagnation is cleared, and the flow of qi (energy) improves. This is the simply practice of Qigong.
The ancient texts say that health and vitality returns when the Qi is flowing.
Each day on our retreat we run a 30min Qigong class for our guest to experience firsthand the amazing benefits of Qigong.
This post is an article from the 5 Day Juicing Retreat – Healthy Eating & Lifestyle program,
by Gary Dowse.
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