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.

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 […]

Seasonal Celebration – Imbolc!

Well, in the spirit of total disclosure and authenticity, I have been nursing and cleansing my body (especially the kidney and bladder meridians and organs) back to health this week. But I am happy to repeat that using herbs (i.e. chamomile, goldenseal, oregano, and thyme), homeopathy (anthroposophic homeopathy from Rudolph Steiner), doing Qi Gong, and taking cold baths really work. It’s always best to test these methods out on yourself […]

The Law of the Five Elements

Our first blog was about winter and what happens in our bodies at this time of year. According to Oriental Medicine, the water element is activated in winter (the kidney and bladder are therefore activated) and that draws us deep inside to find our inner wisdom, and can also make us aware of our fears. Looking at how the water element affects us is a part of oriental medicine that […]

The Qi Gong of the Bladder and Kidney Movements

The Qi Gong of the bladder and kidney movements from Fabien Maman’s Tama-Do Academy: Toa Yin Fa Series 1: In this series, you stretch the meridians, which sends Qi to the organs and empowers them, while you use breath, color, and sound with your awareness and intention to direct the Qi where it needs to go. We are starting with the kidney and the bladder because these are the organs […]