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What is Ch’i?
Ch’i is an energy in the body that can be felt from a distance, but more importantly it is a vehicle to promote health. With stress it can get out of balance and the movements of both Qi and Nei Gong along with the practice of meditation help with balance and also strengthening and circulating Ch’i.
When is the best time to practice Qi Gong?
Before breakfast and at least an hour after dinner or whatever time feels good and works for you to do on a regular basis.
What happens if I don’t do this every day?
Then you don’t build up the cumulative effects. It’s better to do it with quality than to do it without quality. If you can only do it once every other or every second day it’s better to do skip a day than to practice without quality.
Where did these interesting Tibetan pictures comes from?
These photos are from the personal collection of Steve and Margaret Frison, Portland, OR.
What’s the difference between Tai Chi and Qi Gong?
T’ai Ch’i requires a lot of the left brain, meaning you have to memorize a lot of the steps. That means it requires a lot of time before you get the benefits. With Qi Gong there’s less steps so it doesn’t require a lot of memory to learn them, so you can fully concentrate on the quality of the movements. You lead into more of the relaxation of the movements and focus on the quality of the breath.
How long do I do this before I start to experience the benefits?
Not long. Different people take different times. For many people they experience some benefits after only a week.
Do I have to be in excellent shape before I begin?
No – you can be in any condition to do Nei or Qi gong exercises. For those who are out of shape it will help get you in shape. For those who are very athletic it will help finely tune your body.
If there is any handicap or any disability or motion limitations you can modify any exercise to fit your own mobility or capability.
Do I have to stand up to meditate?
Meditation postures that are shown on the video can be revised to a sitting position or lying down position. (Just don’t fall asleep!)
Remember the Tibetan approach is to accommodate you and your needs and to honor your body.
I notice you have some video tapes with meditation and some without it. Which are better?
You get benefits with the movements. They are to cultivate and further develop the Ch’i. In meditation you get your mind to relax, for your mind needs help to learn to let go. It’s more about dealing with stress release and relaxation.