Stress and Respiration – Breathe your stress away

Stress and Respiration – Breathe your stress away The relationship between stress and respiration is a chicken and egg one.  Which came first?  Psychological stress impacts on respiration.  It often induces shallower, more rapid, breathing. Shallow, rapid, breathing can induce physiological stress that causes physical anxiety.  Those feelings of anxiety that are often described as …

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Listening Jing – enhance your Qigong

Listening Jing – enhance your Qigong Without Listening Jing (listening to the Qi) you cannot do Qigong.  Without listening you are merely doing aerobic exercises. Disconnected piano keys Imagine a piano where the keys are not connected to the hammers.  Every key sounds the same, the same dull clunk.  It is only when the key …

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Five Taoist Yin Qigong – Course Feedback

Five Taoist Yin Qigong – Course Feedback From Dale “Enhance health and expand consciousness. The instructor is easy to understand and he presents clear explanations for the movements and their benefits.” From Junior ” Yes often times Qi Gong Courses are too pricey and give you little explanation. As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, it …

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Living in the Present

Living in the Present How many times do we need to be reminded that we should be living in the present, to be 100% here and now? I have picked three of my favourite pieces of wisdom on this matter, each from a different background but each with the same message. From Taoism “If you …

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Taoist Wisdom

Taoist Wisdom “A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” (Lao Tzu)Your Qigong journey should have preconceptions. Focus on the few and miss the many of the myriad of qualities of Qi. —————————————– “He, who rushes ahead, does not go far.” (Lao Tzu)Some of my hill walking friends like to …

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Nothing hurts

Nothing hurts Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen visited one master after another. He called upon Dukuon of Shokuku. Desiring to show his level of attainment, he said “The Mind, Buddha and sentient beings do not exist, the true nature of phenomena is emptiness, there is no realisation, no delusion, no sage and …

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Using Imagery

Using Imagery When using imagery the pictures we form in our mind are one of our greatest inner resources.  In the past two decades there has been a growing appreciation of the integration of body, mind and spirit and that if we use any therapeutic practice that addresses each of these aspects, we have access …

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Attaining Mastery

Attaining Mastery The Master looked at his new apprentice…….. “Here, have these” he said as he handed over a lump of rough-hewn wood and a saw. He showed the apprentice how to use the saw and said “Go saw”. He was then taught how to keep his saw sharp and clean. When the apprentice got …

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Tanzan and Ekido

Tanzan and Ekido Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. “Come on girl”, said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms he carried her over …

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Course Feedback – The Eight Exceptional Vessels

Course Feedback – The Eight Exceptional Vessels Udemy, where I have our online courses hosted, ask all the students to leave ratings and reviews. Here is some of the Eight Exceptional Vessels course feedback that I have received. From Lynn ” Excellent instructor! Beautiful material! “ From Walter “This was a fantastic course that went …

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The Functions of the Yang Meridians within Qigong

The Functions of the Yang Meridians within Qigong When practicing Qigong, the functions of the Yang meridians are often overlooked, or misunderstood. In this article I will cover both the classical TCM functions and those attributed through the art of Zen Shiatsu. FIRE – Triple Heater / Triple Warmer TCM Functions of the Yang meridians …

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The Functions of the Yin Meridians within Qigong

The Functions of the Yin Meridians within Qigong When practicing Qigong, once the functions of the Yin meridians are understood the practitioner will have a deeper understanding of what benefits each Qigong brings. In this article I will cover both the classical TCM functions and those attributed through the art of Zen Shiatsu. FIRE – …

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