What is QIGONG Really About?: Reaching Your Highest Potential in One Lifetime
Apr 28, 2017 10:36AM
By Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack
Qigong is the art of harnessing qi, which directly affects the blood flow and is an exercise that makes the blood pulse. This pulsing occurs by moving qi using specific breathing techniques along with postures and slow, graceful movements. Qigong also encompasses using healing foods, herbs, acupressure and yogic stretches, all of which energize the body, increase vitality and accelerate metabolism.
Qigong is circulation; term “blood flow” is synonymous to “moving qi”. Many studies confirm practicing qigong reduces drug withdrawal in heroin addicts by 50 percent. Several qigong instructors we’ve certified are teaching with huge success at Florida drug rehab clinics. Studies also reveal that qigong boosts the immune system and is beneficial for those fighting cancer. Dr. Oz was quoted as saying that if you want to live to be 100, do qigong.
Qigong techniques originated over 3000 years ago by mountain wanderers—people who were naturally activated by qi. Most acupuncturists are strong believers in qigong and some actually prescribe exercises for their patients to use in between treatments.
Qigong is different from yoga primarily because it requires slower, more gracious movements to harness your electromagnetic field. Some qigong exercises build muscle or speed, but most are a pulsation of qi through the body. Qigong is the “sensation of energy” and is highly tangible. A few advanced systems of yoga, like Kriya Yoga, have striking similarities. However, compared to most systems of yoga, qigong has a much greater emphasis on precise breathing techniques. Qigong deals with smaller movements of the abdomen to circulate qi and more precise movements of the hands, rooting into the earth and opening up pathways of energy. Yoga works with energy but to a lesser degree, and although we practice and love yoga, qigong does what yoga cannot. We train many thousands of yoga teachers and they are always blown away by the tangibility of qi experienced.
Within 10 minutes of qi-breathing, many feel electricity in their hands. “The Buzz”, as we call it in the qigong family, is a reaction caused by increased levels of oxygen and ions, which I believe accelerates the vibration of our mitochondria. Many describe the inner buzzing or vibrational feeling as a natural high and it has the obvious effect of stimulating endorphins. Many people describe “perma-grin” where the gratitude is so overwhelming and the joy so potent that they can’t stop smiling for a short time. One qigong student taking Xanax bars from his doctor several times a day to stay functional reported after the Breath Empowerment that he was more relaxed then anytime in his life. This man later used his God-given breath and willpower to wean himself off the Xanax and back into his natural state.
Qigong is best in the morning as a practice to extend life and beauty. For days when time is short, I recommend cleansing your body with oxygen and energy first thing in the morning. My practice is to wake up, brush my teeth and hair, drink some hot tea outside and do the 9-Breath Method five times, absorbing/retaining large amounts of oxygen in my bloodstream. Gentle power breathing awakens the cellular vibration and stimulates metabolism. As I wake up slowly for 10 minutes each morning, my senses become heightened and I watch the birds in my garden. This is a quick and powerful method, which we spend hours thoroughly teaching at the Qi Revolution conference.
The Qi Revolution National Event, held in Daytona Beach, May 19 to 21, is always the biggest gathering with more than a thousand people in focused practice. Guest qigong masters with special gifts will be in attendance, including one high-level presenter, Roger Jahnke, OMD, a faithful practitioner of qigong in America for more than 40 years. After decades in clinical practice, Dr. Jahnke realized the role of doctor-patient was inherently flawed. He believes a superior doctor is able to detect illness before it manifests in the physical body and uses breath, qigong postures and tonic herbs to prevent illness from ever materializing into physical form. Dr. Jahnke will be speaking about his latest wellness breakthroughs as he celebrates his 70th birthday sharing what has worked to give him his outstanding vitality.
Jeff Primack has studied with many qigong masters from China and has trained fifty thousand people in live qigong seminars.
Cost: $149 for 3-days qigong training. Vets, military, firefighters and police admitted free. For details, call 800-298-8970 and/or visit QiRevolution.com. See ad page 5.