Qigong is one of the foundational branches of Chinese Medicine. Qigong is translated as the skillful cultivation of our life energy. There are hundreds of schools of Qigong. Some focus on martial skill, some on meditative practice, and others on improving health. Zhineng Qigong is of one of the most widely practiced and most researched Qigong methods worldwide, and it is the method that we recommend. Zhineng Qigong was developed by Dr. Pang Ming as a method for healing and improving one's health through the integration of mind and body. In the US, teachers who trained directly under Dr. Pang include Mingtong Gu (www.chicenter.com), Luke Chan (www.lukechanchilel.com), and Yuantong Liu (www.zhigongonline.com).
Learning Zhineng Qigong in person is best, but it can also be learned via online instruction. Our youtube channel is in development, but will soon have videos available for our patients to access.
Beginning practices include Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down, La Chi, Awaken Vitality and Sound Healing forms. Advanced practices include Wall Squats, Body Mind Method, Yi Yuan Ti forms.
Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down
Yoga means literally "to yoke". Like putting two horses into step, yoga brings together postures--asana--and breath--pranayama. It cultivates healthy postural habits to facility strength, comfort, and internal flow while simultaneously cultivating healthy mental habits of present-moment awareness and focus.
Yoga is truly a whole body-mind experience, and it is readily available to anyone, at any level.
Whether you want to reduce your back pain, have looser hamstrings, feel less anxious, or improve your digestion (just to name a few issues among many more) a regular yoga practice is a strong step towards feeling better.
Here are a few videos from Yoga with Adriene, one of my favorite online free yoga teachers. She has many more, covering almost anything you can think of, on Youtube or at her website www.yogawithadriene.com.
The way that we breathe has a dramatic effect on all of our body systems. The simple fact that we are alive means we have the basic breathing skills required for life, but it does not mean we are breathing in a way that optimizes our health, energy, or wellbeing. Below are two therapeutic breathing techniques that can improve your health.
The Buteyko breathing method is a very simple, yet powerful tool to improve your respiratory and cardiovascular health. This method has helped people with asthma, snoring, sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing, anxiety, acid reflux, and insomnia. This method can retrain the way you breathe to strengthen the diaphragm, your innate breathing muscle which has a multitude of benefits including increased nitric oxide production, better blood oxygenation, and reduced stress response. Check out Patrick McKeown's Youtube channel and/or his book "The Oxygen Advantage" to get started.
Ujayi breathing is a yogic breathing technique that is understood to influence the vagus nerve, induce a parasympathetic (resting and healing) nervous system state, and tone the muscles of the airway all of which can improve our stress response, digestion, and breathing efficiency.