Qigong for Chronic Back Pain

Qigong for Chronic Back Pain

Discovering Qigong practices for back pain was a significant turning point in my life. I have suffered from neck, back, and shoulder pain for most of my adult life. I’ve blamed it on my work: I’ve been sitting at a computer for many years as a software developer. But...
What is the Chinese zodiac?

What is the Chinese zodiac?

The Chinese zodiac, also known as the shengxiao or “born resembling”, is a system that dates back to the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). It is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year being represented by an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

Public Speaking and Qigong

Public Speaking and Qigong

Standing in front of an audience can trigger a lot of patterns and fears and depending on one’s life experience these can be quite varied yet very strong. In my case, a deeply embedded pattern used to be unconsciously scanning the responses of others for the subtlest shifts in facial expression and interpreting those (mostly incorrectly) through an internal matrix of disapproval, criticism, or confusion.

Qigong and Trauma

Qigong and Trauma

As a society we are understanding and exploring trauma on a deeper and deeper level, and as we do so an awareness of our individual and collective pain can surface and at times be very intense. What do Yuan Qigong and Ren Xue have to offer when trauma is part of our experience?

Mindfulness and Star Wars

Mindfulness and Star Wars

When I was a kid and Star Wars was the big thing, my interest was on fast spaceships, aliens, laser weapons and not to forget Wookies! I was not much interested in the force, nor in the cultures which might have influenced George Lucas to create it. This all changed when I started to practice Qigong.