I am thinking about expanding my qigong that I do in the morning. I'd like to add to the "four gates for cleansing the qi" movements just for my own exploration of the different types of qi gong, and to incorporate some more complex movements so I can loosen up and stretch a little in the morning (including the hips and legs). I've stumbled upon a Five Animals sequence that might be cool.
Also, call me immature, but I like the moving around like a bear thing. It resonates with my childlike nature. Young at heart baby.
I have found a qigong routine to add in. I'll be trying to put it into my morning routine gradually. It involves 5 "routines" so I think I'll start learning the first, and once I have it memorized enough that I don't need to consult the diagrams and instructions I'll start learning routine 2 etc. Here's a link:
I'm going to attach the diagrams for each routine as well, here is routine 1:
Found a Sifu here in my area who teaches some qigong seminars, so I might not have to do this on my own after all, time and finances permitting!
His name is Glen Moore and he teaches bagua here in the RIC.
I'm still only doing routine 1, but it's been a great way to wake up and limber up. I personally don't take the concept of "qi" literally, but I think there is something to the fact that you focus your attention on the sensations you feel in parts of the body. It's a very meditative/hypnotic sort of experience.
This just in: My hands aren't iron yet.........
Qi gong with Sifu Moore doesn't fit into my schedule. Learning this stuff on my own is tough! There are so many little movements to think about and it sort of ruins it when I have to pause and look at the instruction sheets again.
Still, I shall persevere.
I highly recommend standing meditation, outdoors, at dawn. It's done several things for me:
1) meditating sitting down right after waking up puts me back to sleep. Standing meditation leaves me feeling energized like after a really well-timed power-nap.
2) it's a good way to make yourself GET UP and OUT OF BED early. I have trouble waking up, and it's much easier to convince myself to just stand there for a while than to do something difficult
3) being outdoors gives it a ritualistic feel, and the rising sun on you as you stand really does feel like you're soaking up energy
4) it's relaxing and helps you focus for the day.
Dale Dugas encouraged me to do this, and I recommend it too.
My qigong journey continues...
I have decided to switch over to 8 brocade sequence because 1) it is well and thoroughly described in Bisio's book and 2) I found a blog that has a 10 day training course.
A great day: this evening I do my first iron palm session with a gravel bag. Hurray!
Great to see your journey into Iron Skills.
Let me know if you or anyone else has questions.
Thanks Dale! I've just been sticking to your basic program. Probably do at least 6 months with the gravel bag before I think about any changes.
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