July 2021 - Summer Qigong Via Zoom
Dates: July 3, 2021 - July 31, 2021
Every Wednesdays and Saturdays
From 7:00 - 8:00 AM EST
What: In this course, Spiritual Master Zhou Xuan Yun will share and discuss the health nourishing properties of the 4-Movement Summer Qigong Set. Twice weekly, this online session will include the set done in standing and sitting positions, theories and methods of the Qigong Set.
$120 (Members price: $108 - become a member) for 9 Occurrences
Daoist Rituals for Health
Daoism is China's native religion that has become well known worldwide for its health nourishing practices. Today there are few who have not at least heard of Tai Chi Chuan/Taijiquan or Qigong.
Daoist health practices permeate all facets of life however beyond just their exercises and martial arts. Practices such as acupuncture and herbal medicine are becoming more and more widespread. It is the Daoist theories and life habits that draw the complete picture of Daoist Yang Sheng (Health nourishing practices).
Daoists revere long lived creatures such as turtles. Therefore walking imitates the turtle by moving slowly whilst being mindful of the "Qi" settling peacefully in the lower Dan Tian like calm waters.
In Daoist prayer, attention is paid to the hand position to form the Taiji symbol. The hands will then be held to the upper Dan Tian and the breathing is focused there as well. As the head is lowered, so too must the breathing follow down into the lower Dan Tian, before being gently exhaled out according to the meridian of the body back out.
During Summer, the Yang Qi of the Heavens will have risen to its apex and then begin descending to the Earth. Through the meeting of the Heaven and Earth "Qi" (the two quintessential facets of Yin and Yang), the Yang "Qi" acts as the catalyst to allow all living things to achieve their full potential and prosper. Because the Yang "Qi" is exuberant and hot, all living things will also experience a surging yang character. The "Qi" and blood circulation of the body will become strong, metabolism will be at its peak, and as a result the pores of the body will open to allow the yang "Qi" to vent outwards. Thus people will sweat more during the summer time.
Summer is represented by the fire phase and thus its character is heat. This is evident in the season’s hot climate and thus we must be wary of heat stroke by ensuring a careful balance of hydration (yin) in the body. Because of the climate it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the natural world’s hot and to try to balance it out with cold. This can be done through either ingesting cold things or especially in our modern society, sitting in air conditioned areas. However we must be careful to achieve this slowly. If we sit in the cold for too long or we ingest too much cold too fast, then there is the risk of overwhelming the "qi" of the body and collapsing the Yang "qi". Additionally, the natural world’s yang "qi" may seem overwhelming to the point that we feel we cannot exert any yang "qi" in our own body without feeling overwhelmed.
This expresses through when we feel that it is so hot outside that there is no desire to exercise at all and a lethargic sensation arises. However it is important to ensure that some exercise is still enacted. While we must ensure that we don’t hit the opposite end of adding to much Yang Qi to our body, we must at least exercise so that the body continues to circulate its vital substances. The organ that corresponds to the fire phase is the Heart. Thus, it is a time to nourish the heart. The Heart is responsible for the emotion of joy and thus if it is not properly nourished and we allow ourselves to languish from lack of exercise, it is possible for sullen and depressive thoughts to foster themselves within. Because the Yang Qi helps to warm and circulate the "Qi" and blood within the meridians naturally, it is a prime time to bolster and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and bones.