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How often should I practice my Qigong? You already know.

April 15, 2018

The other day I did a presentation on Tai Chi and Qigong to a group of 52 of the Mansfield Township, Warren County NJ seniors.

I talked about the benefits, a  bit of history and the difference between the two modalities.

We did some practice and had a bit more discussion during which one of the women asked “Should this be done more than once a week?”.

I could not help myself and chuckled.  Quickly catching myself I said “of course”.  The group all laughed.

The real answer should have been ” I recommend you practice every day.  This is not only my feeling but the suggestion across all teachers.  Many also say you should practice each morning and evening.

When you think about it, daily practice is simply common sense.  Especially if your goal is to feel better from the benefits Tai Chi and Qigong offer.

If you don’t practice, you don’t begin to build your skills which directly relates to not gaining the benefits.

All this being said, when beginning to learn and develop your practice. the good news is you don’t need to spend hours each day.  Five to fifteen minutes is a great start.  Many of the movements are meant to be done in repetitions of five to 10 times each.  You can take one movement,  Holding up the heavens for example, and practice that for a week, or a month, with the goal of slowly building comfort with the movement, growing your range of motion and your ability to relax all the way through it.

For advanced practitioners, the good news is, the same is true. A few minutes a day of review and practice of your favorite movements or time learning new ones is all it takes.

Of course, you can do more.  A nice half hour of relaxed breathing and slow gentle Qi work is always a welcome break.

Let me know what you think about this.  What is your method of determining how long you spend in a session, and how often you practice.

To your wellness,

Stan

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