Qigong is a movement-meditation system from ancient China. QI means ENERGY and GONG means WORK. We USE breath to move body energy for health. This is easy for everyone. Even your grandmother can do Qigong. It’s especially beneficial for children, because it rewires your energy body for health. There are over 3,000 lineages of Qigong practice. This class is my synthesis after over five decades of practice with some of the best Masters. Qigong can help you be more vital, more beautiful, live healthier longer. You will keep your body straight and tall. You will lower blood pressure, clear toxins, remove bad energies, and avoid diseases.
The secrets of life are inside your body. What is the goal of life? Qigong says the goal is life is joy and MOKSHA. Some call this ENLIGHTENMENT or ASCENSION. To achieve this goal, the human body is finest energy tool in the world. You must first learn how it works. We can use Qigong to rewire the energy body.
The two most important energy pathways of the body are the RenMai up the back, and DuMai down the front. These two meridians keep you alive.
They rotate around two energy centers in the head and in the belly.
In Qigong we use the breath to increase the energy flow between these two points. Like the entire universe, your body spins around these two energy points, as if they are two binary stars.
Chinese medicine has a different perspective on God. God is NOT outside you. That God, by whatever name, that universal healing energy is inside every cell. When an egg is first fertilized in the mother’s belly this is an extraordinary energy event. Life is created. The new cell is infused with Masculine and Feminine energy, which revolve-spin in union.A divine presence is there, call it SPIRIT, a spark of God, which intelligently directs a series of important events that are both spiritual and physical.
The new cell divides into two cells, and the dividing line becomes the first meridians of the body, the DuMai and RenMai meridians up the back and down the front that we are studying today.
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, nurturing, beginning, development, impulse, inspiration
- Fire – Expression, manifestation, definition, action, dynamic phase
- Earth – Balancing, supporting, centering, transmutation
- Metal – Reckoning, discerning, discipline, decisions
- Water – Contemplation, calmness, accepting, forgiving, observation
The human body has a structure of energy points, meridians, Qi pathways, bones, lymph channels of water, blood vessels, muscles, and organs. The intelligent energy network of the body has 20 meridians and 360 points, which are each energy nodes.
In the upper body the meridians end at the tips of your fingers.
The vertical meridians end at the tips of the toes.
12 Acupressure Points
Use gentle, firm pressure with either middle finger or thumb on each point, as you breathe deeply. Massage in a circular motion for 10 seconds, feel the Qi energy penetrating into your body. These are my 12 top priority points for general health for most people every day.
- KD-1, Kidney 1 or Yongquan, Gushing Spring on the bottom of the foot.
- BL-1, Bladder 1 or Jingming, Bright Eyes, the inner corner of the eyes.
- SP-21, Spleen 21 or Dabao, Great Embracement, on the sides of the ribs.
- SP-6, Spleen 6, or Sanyinjiao, Three Yin Intersection on the inside of the lower legs.
- LI-4, Large Intestine 4, or He Gu, Joining Valley, on the back of the hand just above the thumb.
- LU-1, Lung 1, or Zhong Fu, Central Treasury, on the sides of the upper chest, under the collar bone.
- HT-1, Heart 1, or Ji Quan, Supreme Spring, in the front underarm just under the shoulder joint.
- GB20, Gallbladder 20, or Fengchi, Wind Pool, on the upper back of the neck, under the occipital ridge.
- SI4, Small Intestine 4, or Wangu, Wrist Bone, on the outer edge of the palm, on the heel of the hand.
- ST36, Stomach 36, or Zusanli, Leg Three Miles, at the outside of lower leg diagonally under the knee.
- LV3, Liver 3, or Tai Chong, Great Surge, on the top of foot between 1st and 2nd tendons.
- Ren-1 is also DU-1 or Huiyin, the same point. Sometimes called perineum, CV-1, or GV-1. This is actually the most important point in the body, the origin of the DuMai and the RenMai Extraordinary meridians. (Conception and Governing Vessels) That’s because it’s the origin of ALL the meridians. Make sure yours is soft and pliable.
The body is a microcosm of the larger universe. Inside your body cells are quadrillions of spinning atoms. If you look into the cells with a microscope, you will find spinning atoms. And if you go outside into the huge universe, you will see the same spirals spinning everywhere. Maybe that is why people say you are a micro version of the universe, and you have all of God in every molecule. Ha Ha!
We sometimes believe the body is physical. But it is much more than that. We do fitness for strong muscles, which improves blood flow and lymph system detox. These are good, but they don’t give you long life or moksha. Fitness is very strenuous work. Fitness gives you just strong arms and legs, detox, and blood circulation. What is more important for your health? Muscles or Organs?
Qigong is NOT fitness. It is different. Qigong is an intelligent movement system to keep you perfectly healthy and achieve moksha, if that’s your goal. Or are you planning to reincarnate again and again? Qigong says health comes from the organs, and the organs are each very wise. They communicate and work together intelligently as a team. If you lose an arm or a leg, you can still live. But if you lose an organ for one minute, you die immediately. Qigong supports all organs to keep them balanced and healthy, so you can live for many years.
Qigong vitalizes the meridians, which are like channels of light, to detox, heal disease, and live healthier much longer. Even a little bit of Qigong every day, will begin to connect the energy in your body. This will give you a different awareness and a happier life. In conclusion: pinch yourself! God is inside each of us.
Qigong Class Sequence:
1. Breathing: Normal Chest, Abdominal
The secret to healing is in your breath. When you can control your breath, you are the master of your Qi and your life force. Feel your chest, and breathe 3 times. Notice how your chest moves. This is called CHEST BREATHING. Now put your hands on your belly, breathe deep into your abdomen and smell the rose. Notice how your belly expands, and you receive more oxygen when you breathe deep into your belly. It feels good. Do it three times, smell a rose and breathe into your belly. If you breathe this way expanding your abdomen, you will be healthier.
2. Sitting: Inhale, Secret Smile, Tongue position, Swallow
Now sit on the floor, on a pillow, or in a chair. Sit comfortably with a straight spine.
Keep your mouth closed and breathe through your nose.
Now smell a beautiful rose, and breathe light into the brain center, to the pineal gland, the spirit energy center called the third eye.
Do it again and feel your secret inner smile.
Place the tip of your tongue by the upper teeth, to connect the meridians.
Inhale again into your brain and swallow down into your heart and belly.
3. Root Your Personal Column, a Tap Root into Earth and Heaven
Inhale and send a tap root of energy down into the center of the earth.
Now inhale again and send your tree branches up to the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
This is your safe HOME connecting you to earth to heaven.
Feel an invisible string pulling your spine up long and straight.
4. Qigong Shaking for Lymph System
Your life force is electric. So, you’ll feel more energy and have a stronger immune system if you keep the fluids clear and remove unwanted toxins. The lymph system is like a network of salt water ducts that conduct liquid and electrical frequencies to keep your cells alive. WATER and ELECTRICITY together are the keys to health! Think about it. It’s almost too simple. Let’s take a look and see how that works in the body!
What are the Lymphatic – Glymphatic Systems?
The Lymphatic system controls water flow through the body, like a giant body-wide drainage network. When YOU move, the lymph moves, and washes toxins out of your cells. The Glymphatic system is the brain’s own separate fluid circulation network. Its job is to detox your brain and cerebrospinal fluid. The Glymphatic system detoxes out via the nasal passages, the eyes, tear ducts, the post-nasal passages, eustachian tubes, skin, and blood. Craniosacral fluid continuously flows up and down the vertical channels of the spine, and penetrates all cavities of the brain.
The two systems, Lymph and Glymph, work together intimately connected. That’s why when you have a sneeze, a runny nose, post-nasal discharge, crusty sleep in your eyes, or even a swollen throat, it’s usually a healthy sign of detox, that your lymphatic – glymphatic systems are doing their job!
The Cisterna Chyli Lymph Sac
At the center of your abdomen at the solar plexus is the biggest lymph crossing point in the body, called the Cisterna Chyli, which just means “Tank of the Lymph Fluid”.
5. Jumping for Bone Health
For strong bone stimulation, jumping needs to reach around 4 times body weight. But please be careful and increase slowly. If you never jump, or if you work at a desk all day, your bones are weak. Any bone will succumb to fracture under loads that exceed its capacity. To increase your osteogenic load, do Qigong shaking and Qigong jumping with thumping heel drops.
- If you work at a desk, stand up and walk, or stomp/skip around every hour.
- Walk a lot, walk faster, jog if you can.
- Practice stepping down stairs with a thud, or walk downhill. Do 100 heel drops.
- Turn on your favorite music and dance around the house
- Jump rope or jump on 1- or 2-legs if your knees permit.
6. Floor Movement: Flex Spine, Hands, Feet, Head
To do Qiong we need to relax all the meridians and especially the spine.
Extend your legs in front. Lean back on your hands and rotate your feet back and forth.
Breathe into your belly and feel your Huiyin point loosen and relax. Massage this point every day in the bath or shower, until it is soft and flexible. Put your hands on your knees.
Inhale and arch your spine forward and open your chest and shoulders.
Now exhale, lean chest forward.
We repeat this several times to keep your spine always flexible.
Three important areas are the meridians on the feet, the hands, and the head.
Massage the center point on the bottom of a foot.
Slap your feet three times twist your feet to relax.
Pull each toe out from the sides 1 2/3 4 because the meridians end on the toes.
Now massage the other foot slap, and pull toes.
Sit up straight.
Massage your ears. Pull them and pinch them so they wake up.
7. Standing Warm-ups
Flex the Ankles Wrists, Fingers, Massage Ears
8. Tapping all Meridians Upper Body, Head & Vertical meridians
Tap the arm meridians from side to side.
Tap the head.
Tap down the back and up the front, to wake up the meridians.
9. Energy Movements
- Taiji Ball – Hold a ball of energy. Feel the energy in your belly.
- Sifting – Lift the energy up and down. Inhale, exhale. Bend knees. Relax.
- Spreading the Waters means we calm the entire world. Breathe in and out.
- Lift the Tiger to the Mountain, means we gather the earth energy and gift it to the sky.
- Phoenix Rising means we gather the sky and gift it to the earth.
10. Brain Balancing
Alternate Arm raising
11. Qigong Walking
Roots on feet, Walk in Circle, Feel roots of tree on your feet. Tall spine, Drink from earth and sky
12. Closing: Wash WeiQi, Seal Energy in the Dantian
Wash WeiQi Exercise for body and energy protection.
Rub hands, eyes, stroke hair, rub again, hold kidneys,
Hands on belly feel deep into dantien, feel tap root.
Bow to the person next to you, say “Thank you for practicing”.
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Srijana, aka Jane Barthelemy is a medical intuitive, author, and healer. She has practiced Tibetan Buddhist meditation for over five decades, residing in the Rudrananda Ashram in the USA for 35 years. She practices craniosacral therapy, Acunect, and BodyTalk – an infusion of intuitive Chinese, and Ayurvedic wisdom. She is trained in Qigong, Taichi, Daoist sexuality, and Kundalini activation. Her medical Qigong training is with Mantak Chia, Khamto Lee, Daniel Villasenor, Zhongxian Wu, Dr. Ka’imi Pilipovich, Franco Mescola, Richard Leirer, and Lam Kam Chueng. She has her BS in Italian Opera and MBA in financial management. Her two paradigm-changing cookbooks show how to build health with unprocessed foods. Her upcoming books include: “Heal Your Past Lives”, and “Buddha Speaks – Channeled Passages from the Master”. She is on the faculty of NewEarth University and LearnDesk. Her websites are FiveSeasonsMedicine.com and JanesHealthyKitchen.com. Srijana lives in Bali with her Bhutanese husband, Lama D.