Routine I like

As I mentioned previously, I have determined Qigong is the form of Yoga that I intend to do as part of my exercise protocol to minimize Parkinson’s symptoms. I have included excerpts from the newsletter with helpful information about the routine. To read the entire newsletter, it may be found at taichi18.com

In this newsletter, I would like to address some frequently asked questions and common mistakes made by students when they practice the shibashi qigong.
Frequently Asked Questions (Part I):Q. What is the ideal speed of doing this qigong?
A. The ideal speed for each person is different. The speed should depend on your own breathing since each movement is coordinated with breathing. If your breath is shallow, you may tend to perform the whole set faster than if your breath is deep.Beginners who have no previous training in breathing usually perform the whole set in about 10 minutes. That is about 12 breathes per minute.
In my videos, I performed the set in this pace since I assumed most viewers were beginners. After you remember all the movements and their sequence by heart, you should do it at your own pace, no need follow the pace of the video anymore.
When I practice this qigong on my own, I usually spend about 20 minutes to perform a set. That is about 6 breathes per minute or 0.1 Hz (cycle per second). Coincidentally, it makes scientific sense to perform the Shibashi at this pace.
…………..Studies have found that there are many positive effects both physically and emotionally when our bodies vibrate at this resonant frequency.For human beings, the resonant frequency of our system is approximately 0.1 Hz…………………………Most people should be able to perform the Shibashi at a pace of 6 breaths per minute (0.1Hz), after practicing daily for a couple of months. Again, doing the exercise at a comfortable pace is more important than trying to achieve 6 breaths per minute……………..

Q. What is the benefits of each movement?
……………..Just remember, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Q. Can I increase the number of repetitions for each movement?
A. It would be more beneficial to do the entire set twice instead of increasing the number of repetitions for each movement. However, if a particular movement makes you feel really good, you could repeat that movement a few more times.

Q. How often should I practice this qigong?
A. You may do it as often as you like. However, I’d say do the entire set twice in the morning and twice in the evening is enough. ………………

Common Mistakes – Shoulders:

Most beginners tend to raise their shoulders when they raise their arms. The shoulders should be relaxed all the time because when they are relaxed, you can breathe deeper, thus allowing the whole body to be more relaxed. Also, the qi flow to the arms would be much better when the shoulders are relaxed. Sadly, many beginners are often so tense and stressed out that they forget how to relax their shoulders.

Here is a simple technique to relax the shoulders:

a. Breathe in, raise the shoulders.
b. Hold the breathe for 10 seconds, hold the shoulders in the raised position.
c. Breathe out, let the shoulders sink down naturally.

Repeat steps a – c at least 9 times.
There is a free video clip on https://taichi18.com/online-video-course/shibashi that talks about how to check and make sure your shoulders and relaxed during the movements.

 

 

Evolving

My blog is bound to evolve. Today, I changed the front page.

The link ‘My Favorite Exercises’ is now ‘Jackpot of Exercises’

I wanted to have the Qigong YouTube training, in a place anyone could access easily. Then, I thought, perhaps I could share my find with others not choosing to follow my blog by sharing the url in a text.

Funny thing happened. of all the things I had on my post, this is the picture it picked up… neglecting to include the words preceding…

DON’T FALL FOR THIS:

 

YoQi : Yoga + Qigong

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!.