Qigong to Help You Sleep…

I know I've been in this boat before.

I know I’ve been in this boat before.

I hear too often about issues with sleep.  Mine began probably around high school or middle school when I discovered how cool it was to stay up late talking on the phone with my friends or just dilly dallying around doing who-knows-what until all hours of the night.  Although, I mostly blame it on the ungodly hour that school starts (mine might have even been around 7:30!).  I most likely spent about every day of my high school career half asleep.  I remember taking extra art classes just so I could sleep on the floor  (and then I went on to become a painting major, go figure).  I had really long bangs which worked to my advantage because I could cover my eyes (an emo-esque look in a pre-emo era) and “rest my eyes”.  It was definitely helpful that I was an A/A- student in mostly advanced placement classes (except mathematics), not much for a teacher to complain about.  I only furthered this habit of sleep deprivation in college where I would often boast of a week of finals in which I slept a total of about 4 hours in one week.  Not something to be proud of my friends (though I did see some pretty trippy stuff in my sleep deprived state).  I have actually functioned on sleep deprivation most of my life.  It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I really started prioritizing sleep.  That’s the funny thing; we say “function on” yadda yadda amount of sleep.  We should be more than just “functioning”.  I feel like we aren’t fully living if we are just only “functioning”.

That being said, I created a qigong video targeted to those of you who yearn for more REM sleep and quality of life.  So, if you are interested in more than just “functioning” I’d recommend you check out this video and give it a shot.  I show some movements that help with sucking all that buzzing that goes on in your busy heads  out of your heads, grounding you and calming you so that you can have more peaceful/restful/quality sleep.

Click the link and check it out: Qigong for Sleeping Better

Your kidneys are your life force energy, take care of them: Day 13 of the 30 day Qigong challenge

Water life forceWelcome to day 13.  I hope you are seeing some benefits to this exercise. And yes, this is exercise.  When you go to the gym and exercise, you are exerting energy and your energy is going out of you.  When you do qigong, you are strengthening yourself from the inside and building up your energy and life force.  Pretty cool huh?

So today we will learn the water element associated with the kidneys.  This is the second element of the Wudang Set.

Click here for the next video: Wudang set: water element/kidneys

Qigong Challenge: Day 11–The Wudang set (combining the five elements)

Welcome to day 11 of the qigong challenge.  Don’t worry if you are starting this late (i.e. I’m on day 30 and you are on day 11), you will still get the benefits and I will give you a virtual high five for giving this a shot.

Today we will begin the wudang (pronounced wu-dong–at least that’s how my teacher pronounces it).  This video is the opening movement for the set that you will be learning over the next few days.  The wudang set helps you to be able to target specific organs and strengthen them.  Each organ corresponds with an element.  During this series, we will be focused both on the elements and the organs.

The wudang set goes as follows:

Each element corresponds with an organ

Each element corresponds with an organ

1. Clearing (as we open for every movement with connecting to the light and letting it wash through the body)

2. Opening (we will do today)

3. Metal/Lungs

4. Water/Kidneys

5. Wood/Liver

6. Fire/Heart

7. Earth/Spleen

8. Closing

9. Storing (as we do with every set and movement)

Alright, so are you ready for the opening?  If so, click here: Wudang Set: Opening

Day 7 of the 30 Day Qigong Challenge: Qigong Combination (Extended Version)

You should check out the new and improved video if anything just to see me show off my bellybutton again.

You should check out the new and improved video if anything just to see me show off my bellybutton again.

Hi ya’ll.  As I was washing my dishes (yep, I do that every now and then even though I hate it) and listening to/half watching my video from yesterday, I realized it was a bit more rushed than I’d like it to be.   You can still do the 15 minute video but if you have the time, I highly recommend doing the new one that’s a bit longer but more thorough.  Enjoy and remember to click “like” on the video if you enjoyed it and comment on any sensations you feel.  Thanks!

Here it is: Qigong Combination Video (extended version)

Day 6 of the 30 Day Qigong Challenge: Combination

energy circulationHey, sorry for the privately posted youtube videos for day 4 and 5.  They are now public so check ’em out.  You have now learned all the moves for the first series.  Today we are going to do them as a sequence.  I often alternate days with this series and the next series I will teach you (involving targeting specific organs).  I’m going to ask you to do this series for the next 5 days.  No, it is not because I’m too lazy to record subsequent videos.  It’s because I want you to experience the feeling of the building and circulating the qi energy within you.  I’m also being extra cautious to make sure you are able to circulate the energy so that we can safely move on to the next exercises in a few days.

Alright rock and roll: Qigong Challenge days 6-10

Also, please post to let me know if there is anything specific you want to learn or to share about any sensations you have been feeling:)

Day 5 of the 30 Day Qigong Challenge: Circulating Through the Microcosm

We are going to circulate our energy through the microcosmic orbit.  Pretty spacey huh.

We are going to circulate our energy through the microcosmic orbit. Pretty spacey huh.

Thanks so much for sticking with this.  Today we will be taking the beating and drumming of the qi to the next level and circulating through our yin and yang governing vessels (through the microcosm, aka our body and head).  This is a great way to open up our qi flow to make it easier to eventually be able to affect and aid specific ailments and organs.

Here’s your next video: Day 5 of the Qigong Challenge