My Qigong Workshop in Italy

My workshop in Gubbio, Italy was called “How to cultivate your personal Mogadao practice and improve your health through the five elements of traditional Chinese medicine”, with Anneli Arpolahti, a talented MogaDao guide who lives in Gubbio. This is a group of serious student practitioners with much experience in Qigong and Yoga. Anneli and I spent a week planning the 3-day workshop and choosing the Qigong sequences. Our goal was to assist people to deepen and design their home practice through self-observation. We began each day with a Yoga practice led by Anneli, with a specific awareness of the 5-Elements. In Qigong,…

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Should You Keep a Microcosmic Journal?

A Microcosmic Journal is a diary for the purpose of deepening your spiritual awareness. It is a useful practice on the path to a complete life and a powerful tool to internalize your attention and understand yourself. Journaling helps one become a true self-observer, to process emotions and events without judgment or assumption. A journal is easy to do, and it helps to relieve stress. There’s no format to it. You can make it neat or messy, using any grammar you like. You can write as little or as much as you like, and it may serve as a useful tool to remember past events. Journalling with specific…

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3 Breathing Techniques for Qigong Practitioners

By Jane Barthelemy. This article explains three basic ways of breathing for Qigong practitioners: Chest Breathing, Buddhist Breathing, Daoist Reverse Breathing.  Breathing is a timeless internal practice. In ancient Daoism and Yoga, the masters developed highly refined breathing techniques in very precise ways, such as Pranayama. They considered conscious breath control to be a type of meditation, an internal alchemy leading to strength and balance. Their practices went far beyond relaxing the body and reducing stress. Ancient breathing was considered a portal through which a practitioner could achieve higher awareness, and discover the mysterious meeting point between life and the material world. In other…

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Top 6 Acupressure Points to Start Your Day

By Jane Barthelemy. The simple act of pressing these six points resets the body’s subtle energy layers to allow health and wellbeing to flow easily. Just one minute of acupressure on key points unblocks your meridians. Use gentle yet firm pressure with either middle finger or thumb on these 6 points. Massage in a circular motion for 10 seconds and breathe deeply. As you press, your brain releases endorphins, chemicals that calm pain and invite pleasurable feelings. Your muscles relax and blood flows more freely. As tension recedes, the body finds balance, and you’ll feel better. These are 6 top points that most people desperately need every day. DU-1, DuMai 1 or Huiyin at…

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Could Your Bone Marrow Health be the Secret to Rejuvenation?

By Jane Barthelemy. What’s going on in your bone marrow? Your bones don’t make a lot of noise or commotion. Sometimes we take them for granted. What is happening deep down in your bones? Yes, we know the bones are a rigid structure that keeps your body standing up, otherwise you’d fall down like a blob of plasma! However inside your bones, especially when you’re sleeping, there’s a LOT happening! Deep down in the center of your bones is a busy circus of activity that represents the very foundation of your health. What is Bone Marrow? Bone marrow is the spongy tissue…

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Small Heavenly Circuit Meditation

The Small Heavenly Circuit is considered one of the oldest and most powerful techniques in Daoist Qigong, used for thousands of years for elevating spiritual awareness. In ancient times, it was considered an important esoteric meditation for all serious practitioners, and was taught in secret to members of the imperial family by enlightened sages. Legend says that Lao Tzu achieved immortality by practicing Small Heavenly Circuit. Mediation with Breath Connects Two Meridians The Small Heavenly Circuit is a meditation and breathing practice that involves linking two energy pathways that run along the midline of the body into a cycling loop.…

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The 20 Meridians and their Consciousness

By Jane Barthelemy. What are the Meridians? Ancient Chinese medicine thousands of years ago described the meridians in the body that carry Qi or life force through special channels that connect the various organs and functions. These meridians are designed to work together so that the body, mind, and spirit work together as an organic whole. A meridian, 经络 jīngluò, is a path through which Qi or life energy flows. There are a total of 20 meridians in the body, which are seen in two classes. 1) The twelve organ meridians connect the various physical functions. 2) The Eight Extraordinary meridians precede and give rise to the…

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Yin Yang Qigong, Brain Balancing

By Jane Barthelemy. I finally made videos of my favorite brain balancing exercises. These ancient Qigong movements stimulate body intelligence, expand intuition, improve your memory, keep your brain flexible, and make you happier and any age! If you can do them, you’re already on a fast track to harmonized health and perfect brain-body coordination. If not, you’ll find them challenging and fun to master. Even better, they’re FREE!     What Do These Brilliant People Have in Common? Think of the smartest people in history. Perhaps some of these names come to mind: Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Marie Curie, Wolfgang Amadeus…

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Are You Getting Your Five Cosmic Messages?

By Jane Barthelemy. Yes, the five messages we receive in our life are: Signals, Symptoms, Stones, Stress, and Solutions. No, they don’t come in as texts. They come in as situations for us to unravel. We often believe things happen to us as if we had nothing to do with them. We act like we are victims of chance circumstances. Perhaps some random statistical probability just landed on your head. Many people like to react emotionally as if surprised by something they experience. Sometimes people tend to repeat the same problem happening over and over. We may even complain about it. When something happens, do you feel expected to respond immediately…

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Introduction to the Chinese Five Element System

By Jane Barthelemy. The Chinese five elements are said to arise out of the two energies Yin and Yang. And the five element system can be considered refinement or outgrowth of Yin Yang Theory. It is a system that has been used for thousands of years to describe the interactions between Yin and Yang and phenomena in Nature. The Five Elements or Five Phases Describe Reality. Each of the Five Elements represents an aspect of a dynamic process, or a phase of change. These are not actual physical descriptions, but metaphors of patterns that occur in Nature. The Five Elements and their qualities are represented by: Wood – Rising,…

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