Essence of Qi Gong
The essence of Qi Gong is based on three pillars, in particular
1. Relaxing the mind
2. The regulation of respiration and blood pressure
3. Improving posture
On the one hand, Qi Gong ensure that a dynamic equilibrium is achieved and maintained in the body between the opposing forces of Yin and Yang.
Second, the body is able to do self-regulation of the body by a flow of inner life energy, Qi, possible.
Everything in us and around us is through Qi. As long as we live we have qi, although one person more than the other.
From our birth we get a certain amount of primordial qi with our parents and we fill in the course of our lives to include grain-qi from the food and air-qi through breathing. Still we get Qi in our environment, called the universe qi, qi as we can acquire by contact with other people. Especially the contact with a person of the opposite sex can be a strong energy supplier.
The sexual energy seems also of very great importance. Once people lose their sexual energy, they suddenly seem much more susceptible to disease.
Our lungs are the different energies that we experience blended with the existing primordial qi, thus transformed into true-qi (wei-qi) and blood. Both are then through the heart pump passed through the body to where the bodies of the necessary energy. Where the blood through the veins and arteries to achieve its goals, is Qi its way through the body through a network of channels or meridians. While not directly physically observable as the bloodstream, science has yet to prove its existence.
Every organ in our body has a specific job and needs energy to fulfill them. All meridians are connected to each other and give their energy from. Therefore they speak also about the mother / son relationship of the meridians. The mother gives her energy to the next meridian, her son. This, in turn, then mother of the next, etc.
Now if a certain meridian for whatever reason gets blocked then the energy is not readily flow, resulting in the meridian before (mother) with an excess energy stays and overactive touches (like eg the case with diarrhea ). The son of the blocked meridian of his hand, however, receive too little energy and are therefore not work correctly (such as constipation or lazy bowel).
In both cases there will be diseases. According to Chinese medicine, cancer, eg a fine example of a blockade that ultimately life-threatening and can be remedied by a good qi flow to create and promote.
Blockages in the body caused primarily by a wrong attitude, like walking bent over a chair or hang up. The unnatural shoulders drawing back and pushing the chest can cause block frames. Certain attitudes or habits such as always on high heels in women can cause problems. In the latter case, because the calf muscles are shortened for the ankle joint in his movement is inhibited. Of course not because we feel that we have to live by. We take note and avoid actions that hurt. We feel all the more better if we are even longer time to walk barefoot. The result is painful calves, we are trying to avoid paying back high heeled shoes.
The stiff joint that thus arises is a major source of blockage and can cause that yin energy from the earth may rise into the body, but also that the yin meridians that pass through it such as liver, kidney spleen meridians and their energy not pass.
Similarly, any joint in the body blockages.
It is therefore very important to learn what a good attitude and to quietly move in which the joints are worked loose. In addition, an energetic stretching required to lengthen the muscles so the joints move more freedom.
At the stretching, we must pay particular attention to the pain threshold that we never write about because it might just be able to muscle injury worries and we are further afield. In addition, we certainly never Naver. A Bruks movement of the muscles always a reflex contraction "in the muscle itself so it is shorter rather than longer.
Energetic stretching means that we keep our full attention into the muscle or muscle group that we are stretching. So we bring energy to it, the result encourages. There is a special oriental form of stretching, the stretching makko-ho. But any exercise or dynamic Wai Dan Gong Qi comes down to a gentle form of stretching.
There are many 'forms' of the Wai Dan Qi Gong, which includes among which there are certain animals like monkeys and imitate the bear. Others again are more focused on self-defense as tai chi chuan (also called shadow boxing). Hence, one often makes the distinction in the martial Qi Gong focuses on the martial arts and medical qi gong.
Another common division in this dynamic, motion Qi Gong (Wai Dan) and the static inner qigong (Nei Dan).
It is primarily the latter that most medical applications can be found, although certain martial Qi Gong masters use it to an opponent from a distance to halt or off. Experienced masters can use this form of Qi Gong even a form of telekinesis to create.
In the Nei Dan Qi Gong is one reason again the distinction between internal and external Qi Gong. The first is that we apply to ourselves and with our own energy to flow, mainly through breathing and concentration.
The other is this a Qi Gong master or doctor to send someone (sometimes From very far away) and making him a certain influence on the energy of the other person. The art in the latter the power to unite and through concentration across.
The Nei Dan Qi Gong is based entirely on posture, breathing and concentration and is the most powerful form that can only be accompanied by a teacher should practice. The less movement, the more powerful the energy and who is not competent to perform his own qi well under control or is energetic and spiritual are not in balance, can cause serious health problems or unpleasant side effects. Many yoga practitioner who started experimenting with some exercises to kundalinie (primal and sexual energy) to raise and so chakras (energy centers on the median line of the body) to open, has developed the high price of the insanity paid.
Zen is one of the most powerful form of Qi Gong, Nei Dan and is therefore best performed under guidance of an experienced master practitioner. At least if one wants to reach top form.
Zen also enables one to practice at a lower level and it has an especially calming, relaxing effect. In that case, just sit in the correct position, watching his breathing and letting go of the mind the most.
Every practitioner of Qi Gong should start with Zen order his or her mind into balance. A qi gong session begins and ends with meditation or best prices.
For the beginning practitioner, it is then important to the proper attitude. Standing is that:
Both feet parallel, shoulder width apart from each other. Lights in the knees and make the perfect knees above the feet. Seen from above the knees are level with the tips of the toes. Now tip the pelvis forward which pushes up the cross. You will notice that will stretch the glutes. Release and notice that your pelvis slightly back. This is the correct position. Now your pelvis is directly above your knees directly above your feet. Put all the vertebrae nice one to the other so you get a nice straight back. Imagine that an imaginary crown from your tape to the heavens that you pulled up slightly. Pull the chin a little and look for some three meters in the distance, sloping downward. Keep the elbows slightly turned away from the body like an egg under both armpits have clamped. So hit the poor the body anymore. Relax. You should now feel like the skeleton of your body all alone, without even a muscle that you should use it straight. This is the right attitude.
In the beginning it may run a bit stiff and uncomfortable, but that gets used. But this way you have an attitude that allows a good energy flow.
Put your feet flat on the floor, also parallel and shoulder width. Keep your knees at an angle of 90 ° and preferably on your zitbeentje go down. So pull your buttocks as hard and go to the bone (coccyx) down. Bring your back straight and do the same as above with the head, chin and arms. Let your arms hang. Alternatively you can against the back of your seat while it is legal, but it is better not because then you will tend to sit back. Never use because the seat with backrest and push your arms up as a blockage in the shoulders causes. This is your trapezius shorter and you get a stiff shoulder joint, which is the energy flow to the head and curdling headaches.
In all this, you look good on your breath. The low and deep abdominal breathing is indicated here. Focus on your hara, which is the point two fingers below the navel, two fingers in the body. This is your main energy center in the West or also called your center of gravity.
By that point you to concentrate, your breathing naturally deeper, calmer and more even. Push your belly out to breathe. This creates a vacuum in the abdominal cavity which pulls down the diaphragm and lungs is off. Pull the belly to exhale, thus creating a pressure that pushes up the diaphragm and reduces lung capacity.
So you get a belly breath and exhale as if with your abs.
Qi Gong breathing when we normally both in and out through the nose. This is because we are thus better able to regulate breathing rate so as fast as we breathe. Note: breathe in itself no energy costs. You do not go in the air to 'suck' and out to 'blow'. You just let the air in and out of the lungs 'flow'. Breathing should be made completely inaudible.
By focusing on your breath your mind will be calmer. Qi Gong at the dynamic you concentrate on the movements or you look at the teacher who exercise occurs. Practice on your own, remove the image in your mind of someone who perfectly perform the exercise and let your body do. Unconsciously will exercise good mimic. Keep at least your attention on the exercise and let your thoughts wander or fall into worry. Hence, your mind and you answer to the third basic principle of Qi Gong
Qi Gong is sometimes called the 'energy saving' exercises or the exercises listed prolong life.
Qi Gong can lead to different sensations. The main of them is that a soft and warm tingly feeling flowing throughout the body feels. It is also experiencing a calmness and a feeling of freshness and vibrancy of both mind and body. Sometimes one can initially feel very lazy and from there a good night's sleep so you feel the day feel very energetic afterwards. Yet it is generally not really recommended Qi Gong before going to sleep. The revitalization can hinder sleep. It is better for getting a relaxing meditation. Especially for people with sleep disorders.
Usually the effect that one experiences a few hours to several days given, depending on the energy supply. After a few lessons Qi Gong (and properly execute the exercises) could all result should notice.
Qi Gong stimulates the digestive organs so that the activity of the organs increases and stimulates appetite. There are also many other effects in the body, especially physiological nature, which even by Western scientific studies confirmed. Also on the brains seems to have a positive impact, since it more ordered wave patterns are created and that a decrease in excitability of the sympathetic nervous system acting as an increase in the activity of the parasympathetic. This is the regeneration process of the body stimulated. Skeletal muscles have a higher degree of relaxation, respiratory rate decreases while the depth of breathing and oxygen intake. High blood pressure is lower and low blood pressure is higher.