Become Resilient to Stress. 

 

 stress ignites multiple paths ablaze that lead to destruction of systems and functions in your body.

Anxiety. Worry. Fear. Over-extending yourself. These are just a few of many examples of emotional stress. 

Emotional stress creeps up on us when we're not centered. When we're not grounded. When we're living in the past or the future instead of the present moment.

There's also the physical stress of overexertion; the nutritional and stress of a poor diet; and the stress put upon us from environmental toxins and toxic people. 

The GOOD NEWS is we can become RESILIENT to it all. We can reverse the cascade of destructive affects.


How to Build Resiliency (and Self-Insight!) with Qigong and Meditation

Mandi leading a Qigong class

Mandi leading a Qigong class

 

Qigong: Yoga of the new Millennium

Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of gentle exercises that enhance health and vitality through moving qi, or lifeforce energy, around the body and organs via the energy meridian system.

In other words, it’s essentially moving meditation that uses the body’s own healing intelligence. It’s easier than yoga and the patterns are simpler than in tai chi chuan.

I compare it to Yoga because before Yoga was popularized, it was considered pretty wacky by the unfamiliar western mind. Nowadays, everybody and their mother has either tried it themselves or at the very least, accepts it as a mindful method of fitness where improved flexibility is a common result. 

Qigong is like Yoga in this sense. It might not be "cool" by mainstream standards, but believe me, it's making its way there. More and more are trying it and understanding at the very least, it's a sister of tai chi.

 

why do qigong?

Reason #1: RESULTS

It's worked for me, it's worked for fellow students, and fellow certified teachers. Results and personal testimony are indeed powerful.

HOWEVER...

Reason #2: SCIENCE

There is an overwhelming amount of support emerging from the scientific community, proving the positive results of Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga, the Parasympathetic Relaxation Response, Tai Chi & Qigong (keep in mind these are often lumped together in studies because they can be difficult to differentiate due to many similarities of these two arts). 

Science has also proven the healing power of the parasympathetic nervous system, or the "rest and digest" state opposite of the sympathetic state of fight or flight. Mindfulness techniques, relaxing massages, deep breathing, and Qigong are just a few examples of how we can access our healing parasympathetic state.

Here are some of my favorite studies supporting the concepts of mindfulness meditation, tai chi, qigong, ....

 

Chronic Physical Illness: A Chronic Physiological Approach for Chronic Physical Illness. J Purdy. 2013 Mar. Yale J Biol Med. 

A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. Jahnke, R. Am J Health Promot. 2011 Jul. 


Learn the healing art of Qigong from me in person.

I am a Flowing Zen Certified Instructor. The world of Qigong and martial arts does not take creating teachers from students lightly, so here is my teacher's page of certified instructors.

One of the ways I can help you increase your everyday resilience to stress is by teaching you qigong in person. I can come to you!

Introductory Qigong Session (60 min) $68

In the intro session, I share with you the fundamentals of the art, the 5 Phase Routine, and the break-down of one form from the 18 Louhan Hands. It's all you need to get started!

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Guided Meditation with Mandi

Meditation: Not just a new age fad

The word "meditation" in the west can be seen as new-age-y, wacky, and viewed as pointless hours of sitting. Yes, it can be, but it isn't always the case.

Meditation can take 60 seconds. Sit comfortably. Put one hand on your belly, the other on your chest. Take five deep breaths, slowly. Have only one intention- to feel yourself breathe. 

Congratulations! If you just did that, you just meditated; and you also turned on your parasympathetic- or healing- nervous system. 

You are not alone if you find meditation difficult. Meditating does not reduce stress if you stress out about not being able to quit thinking! The good news is the more you practice, the better you get; and the more you accept that your thoughts may butt in, the better you get. 

Honestly, sitting meditation didn't work for me until I was guided in stillness in the last stage of qigong sessions during classes. I've found that people get better results from meditating if their session is guided in some way, either with a coach (such as myself!), self-guided imagery, or even a random YouTube recording. 

Guided Meditations can be a very effective tool, especially when tailored towards your specific needs- health, desires, emotions, etc. Together, we come up with the best methods that will work for you.