Emotional Experience and the Five Elements

A few weeks ago I cancelled Qi Gong for the week in order to give a presentation of the work I’ve been doing with emotional experience and the Five Elements. Kenneth S Cohen talks about this subject in his book, “The Way of Qi Gong”. Here’s his introduction: “We can see that qigong approaches the emotions from a very different place than traditional psychotherapy. Qigong considers the way emotions affect […]

It Didn’t Start with You

It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End it Mark Wolynn The past is never dead. It’s not even past. — William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun I’ve always wanted to understand what I may be carrying from my parents and even the generations that came before my parents and how what I may be carrying is affecting not only me, […]

QiGong Group – Warm Up!

Here’s a step by step Tao Yin Fa Warm up! Tao Yin Fa Warm Up Objectives: -Open energy gates (joints) -Activate (stretch) the meridians -Experience the flow of Qi through the meridians in exchange with universe Swing arms side to side. Sssssss. Stretch Extraordinary Meridians in legs. (inner thigh, hamstrings, groin) Rotates Ankles (bent knee, then straight leg – 4X each way) Rotate knees (4X each way – knees together, […]

Wesak Festival – Taurus Full Moon

Hello everyone! Here’s a little information on a very special festival/happening this weekend! Wesak Wesak, marking the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha, is widely celebrated throughout the Buddhist world. In the ageless wisdom, the Wesak Festival, at the time of the Taurus full moon, marks the high-water mark of spiritual blessings in the world. There is an unusual inflow of life and of spiritual stimulation which serves to […]

Qigong – For Life

I wanted to start this week’s blog off by discussing some topics from a book I’m reading titled Qigong for Health and Well-Being, by Faxiang Hou and Mark V. Wiley. As an introduction to qigong, these two gentlemen go over how and when to practice. Here’s a brief overview: The movements/postures, visualization/mediation, and proper breathing must all be done concurrently. Proper breathing and control of the breath is perhaps the […]

Rumi – Quote of the Day

Thank you to Gail Zeserman for telling me about this beautiful quote from Rumi, who has been described as the “most popular poet”and the “best selling poet” in the United States.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Here’s a little piece regarding the 3rd Chakra, The Solar Plexus Chakra: The Solar Plexus Chakra, located between the navel and solar plexus, is the core of our personality, our identity, of our ego. The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who you are. The gift of this chakra is sensing your […]

Tao Yin Fa

We are beginning to go over these series of movements in the Wednesday morning Qi Gong class. These movements circulate Qi into the meridians and the organs they nourish, balance, and keep healthy. These movements are based on “The Law of the Five Elements” and the internal energy channels known as the acupuncture meridians. They are balanced with a color, a sound, a hand position (Mudra, for sacred hand position), […]

Spring Equinox is here!

Spring Equinox – tomorrow, Sunday March 2oth. The spring equinox is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the side of light. The spring equinox is sacred to dawn, youth, the morning star and the east. The Saxon goddess, Eostre (from whose name we get the direction East and the holiday Easter) is […]

Going with the Flow

A wonderful description of Qi/Life Energy and some of the benefits of a Qi Gong practice, from The Way of Qi Gong by Kenneth Cohen. “According to Chinese medical theory, health means a full and flowing supply of qi. Using a modern metaphor, we can regard the body as a battery that can either lose, maintain, or increase its charge. Stress, worry, and poor health habits dissipate qi. Proper self-care […]