New Opportunities to Practice Qigong

Energize, Focus, Balance,

Relax 

~~~ Get into the Flow

Easy Mindful Movement practice suitable for Every Body
 
 
Hi All,
More opportunities for you to practice in a group setting. Until further notice there will be classes every weekday at the following times
 
Monday: 12 – 1 pm
Tuesday:  7 – 8 am  and 12 -1 pm
Wednesday: 7 – 8 am and 12-1 pm
Thursday: 7 – 8 am and 12-1 pm
Friday:   7 – 8 am and 12-1 pm
Saturday: Have a Beautiful day, whatever you decide to do.
Sunday: Go out into nature, maybe practice a little Qigong too!
 
All classes at Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre, 33 Dupont St. East, Suite 201, Waterloo.
 

By donation: 50% of proceeds go to support the activities of The Dharma Centre http://www.wrdharmacentre.com

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Centre Yourself First in Wholeness

I second that!

Endless Light and Love

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Centre Yourself on Wholeness

If all the scientists, analysts, and
theorists disappeared today,
Not one part of truth would be lost.

If all the judges,lawyers, priests, holymen and
prosecutors disappeared,
Not one part of morality would be lost.

If all the investors, speculators,
bankers and brokers disappeared,
not one part of wealth would be lost.

On the contrary, truth, love,
and abundance
Would be more easily received.

Center yourself first in Wholeness
And all the parts will be yours.

Namaste with Love
Always
Mark

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Tai Chi Health Benifits for Mind and Body Acknowledged by Western Medicine (…….at long last).

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Harvard Medical School is enthusiastic about Tai Chi (Tai Ji Quan).

Here is a quote from the recently published The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

“Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind”

Tai Chi is one branch of many practices working with the energetics of being,  however there are many practices which are simpler and more directly focused on benefits to mind /body health.

Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is a practice based on the same principles as TaiJi Quan which can help us to stay in  balance  and to counter the multitude of pressures and the over-stimulation we are subject to in the ADHD culture of 21st century North America.



Point of Interest

KID-1  YONGQUAN (Bubbling Spring)- Acupuncture/pressure point


YongQuan Kid 1

Location
On the sole of the foot, in a depression between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones, at the junction of the anterior third and the posterior two-thirds of the sole.

How to find
Measure one third from the anterior border of the sole of the foot. Palpate for a pressure-sensitive point dorsal to the balls of the foot, at the midpoint of the width of the foot. Acupressure is commonly used; moxibustion is possible.  For the treatment of collapse, unconsciousness, shock or a severe excess condition, this point should be strongly stimulated; in pronounced deficiency
conditions, stimulation should be applied more cautiously.

Actions/Indications
● Revives collapsed Yang
● Calms the Shen (Spirit)

Special features
KID-1 is the lowest acupuncture point on the body and the only point on the sole of the foot.  For this reason, it plays an important role in Qigong, forming a grounding point in the centre of the foot, where the energies of the Earth and Man unite. During practice, the centre of gravity should be above this point.


Tai Chi Increases Brain Size and Benefits Cognition in Randomized Controlled Trial of Chinese Elderly | IOS Press

Tai Chi (and therefore Qi Gong) Increases Brain Size.

Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai found increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

Findings were based on an 8-month randomized controlled trial comparing those who practiced Tai Chi to a group who received no intervention.  The same trial showed increases in brain volume and more limited cognitive improvements in a group that participated in lively discussions three times per week over the same time period…………………….



Twelve Benefits of Qigong

In North America we tend to focus on “the body” when we exercise and  have a tendency to believe there is no gain that comes without pain.

Our “external” approach to exercise ignores the “internal” deeper currents of our “being” based on a paradigm that does not fully acknowledge the interconnectedness of things including the mind and body.

Far too often  our lives are spent in busy-ness. Interestingly, in Chinese language the character for busy combines the characters for the heart …..and death!  While this may not be an exact translation it does serve as an indication that too much….of anything, is lacking in balance.

Qigong is a Chinese system of exercise which draws us beneath the surface of our overstimulated lives.  It is a beautiful blend of exercise and meditation that makes the mind and spirit tranquil, improves performance in sports, and cultivates health, well-being, and long life.

 Twelve Benefits of Qigong 

1. Well-being and improved health. Qigong emphasizes the whole body, whole system health. While it is true that

qigong will often cure specific ills, this is not the primary reason for practice. It is not only a matter of adding years to your life, but life to your years.

2. Clear and tranquil mind. When the mind is at peace, the whole universe seems at peace. World peace begins with you; it is your responsibility to find a peaceful heart and mind. Then you can heal and transform others just through your presence. If you have a tranquil mind, you will make better decisions and have the skill to know when act and when to be still.

3. Deeper, more restorative sleep. Qigong will help you find the deep relaxation and mental quiet necessary for sleep.

4. Increased energy, including sexual vitality and fertility. Qigong people have more energy; it can reverse energy and restore youthfulness.

5. Comfortable warmth. Qigong is great for cold hands and feet. Circulation improves, and the body generates more internal warmth when it is cold.

6. Clear skin. The skin, like the intestines, is an organ of elimination. According to Chinese medicine, as your qigong improves, your body eliminates toxins, and the skin becomes clear.

7. Happy attitude. There is an old Tibetan saying, “You can tell a Yogi by his or her laugh.” Correct and moderate qigong practice usually creates an optimistic and joyous disposition.

8. More efficient metabolism. Digestion improves, and hair and nails grow more quickly.

9. Greater physiological control. This means that aspects of the body that were imbalanced or out of control begin to normalize, for example, breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, and states of chronic inflammation or depletion.

10. Bright eyes. The qigong master’s eyes are said to glow in the dark, like a cat’s. The eyes also appear bright because the spirit and soul are luminous and the heart is open.

11. Intuition and creativity. Intuition and creativity generate each other and come from the same source, an awakened brain and being, an ability to think with the gut, to feel with the mind.

12. Spiritual effects. Advancement in qigong is often accompanied by a variety of spiritual experiences. For example, synchronicity, meaningful coincidences, become more common. When the qi is abundant, clear, and flowing, the senses perceive and are permeated by a sweetness.

Adapted from The Essential Qigong Training Course, by Ken Cohen (Sounds True, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Ken Cohen. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.


Qigong: A Natural Way to Heal

Qigong:

A Natural Way to Heal by Allison Brooks

Qigong is a natural wellness remedy that traces its roots back to ancient Chinese healing practices. The word Qigong is derived from “qi”, which means the body’s energy flow, and “gong”, which is the term used to describe four different actions that people undertake. These include diet, movement, breathing and meditation. The goal of Qigong is to have all four systems operating in harmony for the purpose of delivering a healthy blood flow to the organs of the body and providing it with natural immunity from illness.

How is Qigong Practiced?

The ultimate goal of Qigong is to increase the flow of energy throughout the entire body. This is accomplished both internally and externally. Internal Qigong is practiced by focusing on meditation, breathing exercises, and physical movement. External Qigong is something that is only practiced by people who are sufficiently skilled enough to heal others through the use of their own “qi”. It is not necessary for the Qigong master to physically touch the person whom he or she is healing; it can be accomplished through the use instructing the student to master their thoughts and movements.

The first time a Qigong student comes to a session, he or she will most likely be asked to remain silent and focus on the “qi” that is flowing through the body. While the mind is intently focused on that, the student will also be instructed to pay special attention to breathing and movement.

What Ways Does Qigong Help People?

The only country that currently uses Qigong as a medical practice is China. In every other nation, those who practice it are considered to be promoting alternative methods of healing. Some benefits that have been reported by Qigong students include increased mental awareness and ability to sharply focus one’s attention, an improved state of physical coördination, reduced pain, a decrease in anxiety and depression, and the ability to bring one’s blood pressure levels to more stable levels.

Due to this increase in the emotional and physical character of a person, many doctors suggest Qigong be used as a complementary or integrative medicine with certain treatments. Since many chronic illnesses and aggressive cancers, like non-hodgkin’s lymphoma or pleural mesothelioma, require harsh conventional treatments, the morale and physical awareness of a patient can be low.

Though Qigong has not been proven to cure cancer, it is helpful for patients to use in an effort to combat the physical pain and fatigue that usually accompanies the disease. Many doctors working with patients of a low-survivability rate cancer recommend the adoption of a therapy like Qigong to serve as an outlet from the everyday rigors of cancer treatment.


A Thought Provoking Article on Reframing Well-Being

Holistic by jurvetson

“I (William Bloom) recently published in the BHMA’s Journal of Holistic Health about the well-being debate. You may want to forward this article to your friends and colleagues who are interested in complementary medicine and its mainstream integration. REFRAMING THE WELL-BEING DEBATE – It’s Political not Scientific. Journal of Holistic Healthcare, May 2010

SUMMARY Holistic health practitioners know that an essential part of well-being is our connection with the wonder…….Read More

via Shiatsu blog