Qigong in the Time of COVID-19
Medical qigong practices are prescribed for many different health conditions. Standing tree meditation is an excellent practice for overall health and well-being with few contraindications. If someone gets dizzy easily standing tree meditation would be better performed while seated. Please use common sense.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the name given to the pandemic disease caused by a novel coronavirus that is spreading quickly around the world as I am completing this article. The following are two more exercises closely related to standing tree meditation that may be helpful.
Enhanced Standing Tree Meditation
For a more challenging and/or expedited qi building practice that might function as a COVID-19 deterrent, do a standing tree meditation with arms held high up in the air with hands facing each other. Gaze slightly upward. While holding this position for 5, 10, or more minutes, try to relax the shoulders and soften the heart and the chest. Repeat daily.
Hugging the Tree Pose
This is an ancient qigong exercise that has stood the test of time and is another great exercise for heart, lung, and kidney health; longevity; and wei qi building. Wei chi fields are said to protect the body first and foremost before a virus can even get to the lungs or the skin, so having a strong wei qi field is a very important qigong self-defense practice.
- Stand with feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent.
- Raise the wrists as if they are being pulled up by puppet strings.
- Let the elbows hang heavy.
- Point the fingers of the left hand toward the right hand as if all fingers are plugging into each other.
- The fingers of the two hands are not touching rather they are maybe four inches or so apart.
- Make sure the spine is straight and the tailbone tucked in slightly.
- Observe the breath but don’t try and control it.
- Do your best to relax your shoulders and chest.
In all three exercises (Standing Tree Meditation from Medical Qigong for Healing Part Two) and (Enhanced Standing Tree and Hugging the Tree Meditations from Medical Qigong for Healing: Part Three) all of these mind-building, qi-building, blood-building, and saliva-enhancing practices, you will experience certain levels and degrees of tension. In TCM, the free flow of qi through the body results in health, vitality, and longevity. Where qi is blocked, there is discomfort, tension, achiness, hot or cold, and even pain. When practicing these exercises, remain still and simply observe the internal movements.
The temptation is to be disturbed or fight against the internal tension, and it takes time and effort to not resist the resistance. For some, it may be important to be aware that many of these initial layers of tension are related to emotional toxicity (stress) and its cellular byproducts.
The best medicine is always preventative medicine! Do not wait to get the coronavirus or some other disease before you begin qigong practice. Medical qigong is a very potent form of alternative medicine, but it is always best not to get sick in the first place. If done daily, the practices shared here can provide an excellent form of immune defense.
Please be safe and well during this challenging time and, perhaps, use the opportunity to begin a qigong practice!
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