By Joseph E Wright

Today, many people are practicing Qigong meditation for its several health and mental benefits. It is an ancient Chinese method of exercise that makes the mind and spirit calm and promotes health, well-being, and long life. Basically, it is a combination of movement and meditation. However, in order to be successful and get the most of this kind of meditation, there are some basic principles that you should consider. Remember that Qigong trains the mind, breathing, and body (or body posture). So, these are the three essentials that you should not overlook.

The Mind

With Qigong, you must keep your mind calm and clear along with a positive attitude. This is dependent on sinking theQi (life energy) to the Dantian (energy center, which is an important focal point for practicing Qigong), where it is stored and developed. It is important to keep the Qi in the Dantian to attain total relaxation and balance. If Qi remains in your upper body, you may feel pressure in your chest, which cause you difficulty in breathing. Meanwhile, ifQi remains in your head, you will feel pressure, and suffer headaches or insomnia.

Proper Breathing

Proper breathing is the first step to getting the Qigong movements right. You need to learn these breathing techniques in order to promote blood circulation, relaxation, energy, oxygen to the brain and cultivation of vital Qi energy. While most practitioners breathe from the diaphragm, all beginners should start with the basic abdominal breathing technique.

When practicing the breathing exercises, always pause between inhalation and exhalation in order to give the Qi energy the time to collect itself when manipulating its strength or to make any necessary changes in direction during circulation. Generally, breathe through the nose with your tongue in a natural resting position against the upper teeth and palate. Your lips on the other hand are pressed lightly together.

The Right Body Posture

As the traditional Chinese medicine states, ‘if the posture is not correct, the Qi cannot flow freely. If the Qi does not flow freely, the mind cannot become tranquil. If the mind is not tranquil, the Qi will disperse.’ Here are the proper body postures when practicing Qigong meditation:

  • Have your back straight so that your internal body can relax. With this, your Baihui point (at the crown of the head) and your Wuyin point (between the legs) should form a straight line to smooth the Chong channel (running through the very centre of the body), which connects with your Dantian.
  • Your stance must be comfortable with your feet and shoulder-width apart parallel to each other. Also keep your feet parallel to each other.
  • Your tailbone should point to the ground to gently straighten your spine.
  • Keep your head afloat lightly above your neck.
  • Keep your eyes shut while your tongue touches the roof of your mouth.
  • Allow your chest to sink as it rounds. It should expand towards your navel and the sides of your ribs stay as soft as a baby’s.
  • Try to give your organs an internal massage.
  • Raise your spine while spreading your shoulder blades.

Joseph E. Wright is a Qigong Meditation expert from Melbourne. He offers information regarding the principles of meditation, inner healing and relief from stress and sleep disorders.

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