Qigong Basics: Five Element Practices for Health and Wellbeing
Qigong (chi kung) is an energy and intention-based practice that works with the principles of xing ming shuang xiu, meaning 'the body and spirit are equally cultivated and refined'. Qi means 'life force' and gong means 'to cultivate or build'. Thus, qigong is the cultivation of life energy.
While sometimes our qi can be healthy, balanced, and flowing, when we are stressed, tense, or unwell, it can become stuck, stagnant, deficient, or excessive. Regular practice of the sequences in this element-based qigong series, can help maintain or rebalance the flow of energy in your body, supporting its innate ability to abide in a more balanced, healthy, natural state.
Warm Up For Meridians
Gentle Qigong movements to cleanse the meridian channels in the body. The meridian system is a concept in traditional Chinese medicine about a path through which the life-energy, known as "Qi", flows. In this warm up, you will stand with the whole body open, grounded, and actively relaxed with a steady breath, all allowing the Qi to flow fluidly, unbroken, and freely.
Five Element Forms
Gentle Qigong movements to connect us to the Five Elements inside the body. Usually known as the Five Elements, Wu Xing is also named the Five Movements, Five Phrases, or Five Steps. The Five Elements are Jin (metal), Mu (wood), Shui (water), Huo (fire), Tu (earth). These Five Elements in daily life are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur. Each movement helps you to connect and purify the parts of your body that each element represents.
Organ Mudra Meditation
Gentle Qigong movements to cleanse and revitalize your organs. In the Eastern tradition, Mudras are symbolic gestures or rituals performed with the left or right hand or both hands at once to represent concepts and very definite ideas. Through each movement, all representing one of the five elements, bring life and strength back into your organs.
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