I really wanted to do yoga, after listening to the presentation by Dr. Laurie Mischley 4 days ago… posted in my blog under the title ‘Science Based Nutrition’. but I found the exercise poses I tried moved my back wrong and I began to suffer severe headaches. When I was gleaning insights from Fred Phillip’s blog, after reading what he had to say about Qigong [HIS comments follow below the three links] I discovered some youtube links… tried them, had no ill effects, and actually enjoyed them! Enjoying exercise is key to finding something I will stick with. 🙂
I can do these in the privacy of my room here at the clinical trial, while wearing a headset.
They are simple enough I can do them at odd minutes through out the day.
There are many other options for viewing, or connecting with an instructor.
…………………….. From Fred Phillip’s Blog:
Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe and Qigong is intended to cultivate this energy. According to the National Qigong Association, qigong’s gentle, rhythmic movements reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
I have been dabbling in qigong for a few years and I recently became aware of a couple of people who claim to have healed themselves of Parkinson’s through intensive qigong practice (up to three hours a day), which has inspired me to get into it full on!
Since intensifying my qigong practice, I have noticed that my balance is fine while doing the exercises … qigong has the same effect as flipping a ball. This is awesome and it encourages me to keep practicing!
There are many excellent videos on youtube to get you started and if there is a qualified instructor in your area, even better.
If you have difficulty standing unaided most exercises can be adapted to a sitting position.
I can’t say that doing qigong for three hours a day is going to heal you, but I do believe there are definite health benefits, so what have you got to lose!.