Saturday, May 26, 2007

Baduanjin qigong: Liver and Gallbladder Channels

Looking Back Like A Cow Gazing at the Moon is particularly beneficial for the energy channels associated with the paired organs of Liver (yin) and Gallbladder (yang)





Internal Health Benefits of this position
: promotes circulation to head, supports nervous system, stimulates kidneys, strengthens eye, neck, and shoulder muscles. This is an excellent exercise for remedying high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.

Exercise and Relaxation Benefits of this position: works muscles of neck, upper back, wrists; trims waist; promotes circulation to head, supports nervous system; strengthens eye, neck, and shoulder muscles.

Mental and Emotional Benefits of this position: promotes healthy personal boundaries; supports ability to remain un-tense thereby allowing greater tolerance to physical pain; promotes kindness and benevolence.

Mental or emotional unbalance could manifest as anger, stubbornness; lack of self-worth or self-esteem; numbness or insensitivity to physical and emotional/spiritual suffering of self and others.








































Acupuncture charts courtesy of Pedro Bernardy and RyuBuKan Dojo. For informational purposes only.



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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Baduanjinqigong: Kidney and Bladder Channels

Bend Forward And Touch Toes (also called Touching the Feet With Both Hands Reinforces the Kidneys and Loins) is particularly beneficial for the energy channels associated with the paired organs of Kidney (yin) and Bladder (yang).



Internal Health Benefits of this position: strengthens lower back and leg muscles, benefits abdominal organs and muscles, strengthens kidneys and adrenal glands.

Exercise and Relaxation Benefits of this position: works to strengthen lower back and all leg muscles; stretches and relaxes back and shoulder muscles.

Mental and Emotional Benefits of this position: promotes will power, efforts and commitments that allow for personal responsibility for life; understanding that correct living is effortless (to "go with the flow" of universal energy); the seat of spirituality and wisdom.

Mental or emotional unbalance could manifest as phobias, anxiety surrounding life and death, inability to appreciate one's own age and wisdom.






































Acupuncture charts courtesy of Pedro Bernardy and RyuBuKan Dojo. For informational purposes only.




Average Customer Review:
based on 17 reviews.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Baduanjin qigong: Heart and Small Intestine Channels

Lowering Head and Hips Removes Excess Heat From the Heart is particularly beneficial for the energy channels associated with the paired organs of Heart (yin) and Small Intestine (yang)



There are two main variations on this position:

1 – semi-squat and turning from side to side

2 – raising the arm above the head and leaning to the side



Internal Health Benefits of this position: Reduces tension, benefits nervous system, encourages positive, even flow of energy throughout body.

Exercise and Relaxation Benefits of this position: works all back muscles, shoulder and neck muscles; reduces tension, benefits nervous system, encourages positive, even flow of energy throughout body.

Mental and Emotional Benefits of this position: promotes interactions and behaviors that are timely and suitable to the context and the situation; supports showing respect, being thoughtful, and offering to be of help at the right time; promotes the ability to clearly communicate through precise word choice; supports short-term memory; seat of consciousness, self-awareness, and connection to and living in harmony with the world.

Mental or emotional unbalance could manifest as insomnia, anxiety, discomfort in being around people, inappropriate or strange behaviors,





































Acupuncture charts courtesy of Pedro Bernardy and RyuBuKan Dojo. For informational purposes only.



Average Customer Review: based on 17 reviews.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Baduanjin qigong: Stomach and Spleen Channels

Separating Heaven And Earth (also known as Regulate Spleen & Stomach By Raising Each Hand) is particularly beneficial for the energy channels associated with the paired organs of Spleen (yin) and Stomach (yang).




Internal Health Benefits of this position
: promotes health of liver, gall bladder, spleen, stomach, and intestines.

Exercise and Relaxation Benefits of this position: works muscles of middle and upper back, shoulders, wrists, and stretches the spine.

Mental and Emotional Benefits of this position: promotes clear thinking, decisiveness, insight, enthusiasm to engage in life; seat of motivation and creativity.

Mental or emotional unbalance could manifest as excessive worry, difficulty in making decisions, confusion; could be overly helpful or distant and unhelpful.









































Acupuncture charts courtesy of Pedro Bernardy and RyuBuKan Dojo. For informational purposes only.




Average Customer Review:
based on 17 reviews.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Baduanjin qigong: Lung and Large Intestine Channels

Shooting an Eagle with a Bow and Arrow is particularly beneficial for the energy channels associated with the paired organs of Lung (yin) and Large Intestine (yang).



Internal Health Benefits of this position: opens the chest cavity which promotes heart and lung health, and improves circulation and oxygenation of blood; promotes health of the small intestine.

Exercise and Relaxation Benefits of this position: works muscles of upper back, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, fingers; opens the chest cavity which promotes heart and lung health, and improves circulation and oxygenation of blood.

[Also, I placed this position with Lung/Large Intestine because of the hand positions: Index finger is start of large intestine, index finger and thumb are ends of lung channels.]

Mental and Emotional Benefits of this position: promotes emotional balance; promotes ability to quickly regain composure following an emotional reaction; promotes "big picture" thinking and vision; promotes resolution of grief and sorrow; promotes unbiased judgment; seat of "Ah-ha!" flashes of inspiration.

Mental or emotional unbalance could manifest as lack of emotional response, or hysteria; unresolved grief; lack of sense of completion or closure.














































Acupuncture charts courtesy of Pedro Bernardy and RyuBuKan Dojo. For informational purposes only.


Average Customer Review: based on 17 reviews.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Baduanjin qigong: Timing can make a difference

I have discovered a wonderful set of drawings of the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians that the owner, Pedro Bernardy of RyuBuKan Dojo in Concord, California, has graciously given his permission for me to use in talking about baduanjin qigong.

I"ll be showing you the meridians, or energy channels, that each of the baduanjin positions addresses. There is much overlap, with one position affecting one or more bodily organs and energy meridians, so this will be an overview.

I have talked before about the Ecosystem of YOU, how everything affects every other thing in your body, and this is no exception. Even though a position is especially related to a particular energy meridian or practice position, that is certainly not all it affects.

Today I'll give an overview of baduanjin, incuding the hours of the day for the organs which you may want to keep in mind when you choose your time of day to practice.

Qi gong is a method of health and vitality cultivation which is hundreds of years old. There are thousands of different forms, many of which concentrate building, moving, or promoting healing energy through specific parts of the body. BaDuanJin is a very complete practice that promotes health in specific organs and areas of the body, as well as being a whole-body workout without the Work! It also promotes physical coordination and gracefulness, and teaches economy of movement so you use less energy to accomplish tasks.

Each of the eight positions in BaDuanJin should be practiced slowly and gently. Practice of the complete form should take approximately 20 minutes a day. It may seem at first as if "nothing is happening," but be assured much is happening! Your inner organs and body systems are being well cared for, given new or renewed energy and vitality. It can take as little as one month, or as long as three months, before you feel the difference in your general health and well-being. If illness or disease is present, it may take longer to feel the beneficial effects of qi gong practice, but improvement of health will be noticed if one practices mindfully and daily.

By practicing mindfully, one practices without distraction. Listening to soft music is fine, but televisions, telephones, and computers should be turned off, and lighting should be normal (not bright). When practicing, wear loose clothing in layers; it is not unusual to become warm during practice, and a sweater or extra shirt can be removed to allow for greater comfort. Practicing in fresh air is beneficial, going outdoors in nice weather is recommended, but avoid cold and drafts in winter weather. Practice away from air conditioners in summer.

When you practice mindfully, you should concentrate on two things; the movement of the positions, and breathing.

Breathing is very important. Inhaling should "fill the belly;" that means to allow, but not force, the abdomen to extend outward as you inhale. Exhaling should empty the lungs, and the abdomen may gently be contracted, "pulled in," to help tighten and strengthen abdominal muscles. Breathing should always be done only through the nose; breathing through the open mouth is to be avoided because it can cause the mouth and throat to become dry and uncomfortable. Also, breathing through the mouth allows the intake of colder air than does breathing though the nose. Inhaling cold air is to be avoided. The tip of the tongue should always rest lightly on the roof of the mouth, just behind the top front teeth.

The BaDuanJin positions are to be practiced in gentle, swaying movements of the arms. Feet should be shoulder-width apart, firmly on the floor with weight balanced on the center of the foot, not the toes or heels. Legs should be slightly bent; never "lock" your knees! "Locking" or stiffening any joint is to be avoided, always. It can damage joints, and it blocks the flow of energy. The positions should be repeated on an average of eight to twelve times each. You may practice BaDuanJin at any time of day, and even do a "short set" (or a full set!) anytime you are feeling tired or stressed.

Above all, always listen to your body. If something causes pain, Stop! At first, you may feel slight aches after practice. You may also feel tingling or other sensations in your hands, arms, and legs. That's normal with any exercise and will disappear after the first week or so of practice.

Time Wise

When to practice qi gong

There are many theories on the best time of day to practice your energy and health enhancing routine. Some believe that working out early in the morning at the time yang energy grows is the best option. Others believe that a couple of hours after your largest meal of the day is a good time. I believe that your body will tell you the best time by intuitively moving you to practice. Once you determine the best time for you, do try to practice at the same time each day.

There are, however, some beneficial and interesting things to know about time-of-day. In Tradition Chinese Medicine, certain hours of the day correspond to certain areas or organs of the body, and certain emotions. If you are experiencing illness or emotional distress, you may want to practice at a time within the two-hour period which corresponds to the area of your complaint. Doing this directs extra energy, and promotes additional curative benefits.

11:00 PM to 1:00 AM gall bladder: anger

1:00 AM to 3:00 AM liver: anger

3:00 AM to 5:00 AM lungs: sorrow, anxiety

5:00 AM to 7:00 AM large intestine: sorrow, anxiety

7:00 AM to 9:00 AM stomach: pensiveness, overconcentration

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM spleen : pensiveness, overconcentration

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM heart: joy (overexcitement), grief

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM small intestine: joy (overexcitement), grief

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM bladder : fear

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM kidneys : fear

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM pericardium: joy (overexcitement), grief

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM triple burner: joy (overexcitement), grief

The triple burner (or san jiao) is not a recognized organ in Western medicine. Chinese medicine considers this a connector and coordinator of the functions of all the organs as well as an energy regulator. Unless you have another preference, this would be an all-around good time of day to practice qi gong.