Nature Health Connection

Nature Health Connection

How can spending time in nature on a regular basis help your health? And how does our obsession with technoloy affect our health and wellbeing? Our addiction to screens is an increasing fact of life. In fact, even just today I was reading that successful tech venture capitalist and former Google and Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee thinks in the future there will be such a thing as Virtual Reality Anonymous, just like Alcoholics Anonymous. For all the positive aspects of technology, there is also a dark side to it.The amount of time we spend in front of a computer screen without a balance of other elements in our life is becoming a new health epidemic that is on the rise. Regardless of all our technological change, the nature health connection will not change. We need to be in touch with nature in order to fully thrive.

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Qigong Health Benefits

There are numerous Qigong health benefits that have a direct physical and emotional impact. It is an exercise that is highly underated in the world of exercise and fitness because on first appearance it is something that looks too simple. It is easy to practice, is graceful and can be done in almost any kind of clothing and does not need a lot of space.

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Quick Daily Health Tips-8 Things To Try

Many of these quick daily health tips you have probably already heard of but the question is, are you actually doing them? Most of these tips are considered standard good health practices and if you want to feel and look better and have more energy, you just can’t get away from the basics! These 8 daily health tips are a mixture of common practices, and some not so common practices, yet all are highly beneficial for your mind body health.

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Lee Holden Qigong For Beginners

Being a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I didn’t really have any experience with Qigong before the year 2012. However, I was always interested in mind body practices, so when I came across Lee Holden qigong for beginners (otherwise known as Discover Qi), which I could access online from the privacy of my home, I was intrigued.

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The Science Of Qi

The Science Of Qi

The science of qi can be understood in the same way we seek to understand the science of energy in the universe in all its forms and how it affects us. We know energy exists, but we are not sure why it exists and where it comes from. In other words, we don’t yet understand what caused the Big Bang in the first place-we just know it happened, and over time we have learned to use the energy that comes from nature to power our homes and work our wireless technology and drive our cars amongst many other things. Just as a scientist works and studies to understand energy and how we can use it, we can also work to understand the innate energy flowing in our body and what practices we can do to use it more effectively.

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Qigong Five Elements

Qigong Five Elements

Qigong is a wellness practice that originated in China. It is thousands of years old, and linked to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yet, its wisdom has somehow been lost to people in the west. This is such as shame as there are secrets within the practice of Qigong that have the potential to heal many of peoples ailments and psychological suffering. The Qigong Five Elements are part of the practice and it helps to bring about healing and wellbeing to five of the dominant organs of the body and the flow of energy between them. This impacts over all health and psychological wellbeing.

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Qigong for stress relief

Stress Relief From Qigong

Stress is one of the major causes of disease today. In fact numerous studies now indicate that stress plays the biggest role in disease. Therefore, adopting a practice to alleviate stress in your life is an important preventative health measure. Stress relief from Qigong is a medically proven way to manage stress in your life.

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How to boost the immune system naturally

How To Boost The Immune System Naturally

How to boost the immune system naturallyWhen people search for ways on how to boost the immune system naturally, they are usually looking for what they might be able to eat or what supplement they can ingest to experience an improvement. This post explores some alternatives to this and how the practice of Qigong has solid scientific evidence for improving the state of your immune system.

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Qigong For More Energy

Qigong For More Energy

We all want more energy at one stage at another. In fact, one of the problems with modern life is that we often lack energy to do the things that we either want to do or need to do. When you start to use Qigong for more energy, you will notice that it takes far less effort than other activities often take. Once more, according to medical surveys, lack of energy and high levels of stress are one of the most common complaints that patients describe to their doctors. Learn a quick Qigong exercise at the bottom of this post.

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Qigong Vs Yoga

Most people have heard of Yoga and in all likelihood, you have probably even been to a class or two. But not as many in the western world have heard of Qigong. You have likely heard of Tai Chi, but did you know the practice of Qigong is even older than Tai Chi? The following article details my experiences of Qigong Vs Yoga.

I used to teach Yoga all the time.

I used to be a an avid yoga practitioner. I even got my teacher training certificate and taught yoga based programs for 5 -6 years. The style of yoga that had the biggest impact on me as far as health benefits, flexibility, an increased sense of energy and stress reduction was Bikram Hot Yoga. This practice was the reason I went on to change my career and go into the fitness industry.
For years before I did this yoga practice I suffered from back pain and other muscle pain as well as endometriosis which gave me agony every month.  I would see many practitioners about all these things. I felt as if I was 50 years old when in fact I was still in my late twenties. It was frustrating and debilitating.

My world view changed dramatically.

As soon as I began Bikram Hot Yoga I had such a reduction in these maladies that my world view changed drastically. After just a couple of weeks of practicing this yoga I felt like a different person.
I practiced it solidly for around 4 years until I became a qualified yoga instructor of which I began teaching my own classes, and took on other fitness qualifications. But ss soon as I was full time in the fitness industry it felt as if I had no time to practice Bikram yoga like I did when I was in my old career, nor did I even have the desire do it.
The thing about Bikram yoga is it is a 90 minute class where you get absolutely drenched in sweat so it is like stepping into a swimming pool, so a shower is a must afterwards. The whole thing from getting into your car, taking a class and getting home again could take up to three hours or more. Not very time efficient, and not exactly sustainable unless you live next door to a studio and even then you have to somehow fit it around work and family if you have one.

I discovered Qigong.

I had heard of Qigong back in 2005, and I went to an informal class once which did nothing for me. However, it still intrigued me because I was a little familiar with chinese medicine. Years went by and then I came across a teacher I found online back in 2012 who simplified the practice and taught in a way that enabled students to get a quick result in order to feel their bodies energy system known as ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘Chee’) and since then I have practiced Qigong much more than I have practiced yoga.

Why I choose Qigong over Yoga now.

As much as I still think the practice of yoga is amazing, Qigong is even more amazing in that you can get similar benefits with much less effort. You don’t need to get into special clothing to practice it or have any kind of equipment. It can be practiced in the middle of a work office and you don’t get hot and sweaty, and you are certainly not at risk of hurting yourself like you are with yoga.
Qigong also teaches you more to go with the flow than yoga does both within a class and outside of a class. Not only is it a dynamic system for health and wellness, but it is also about a certain approach to life that allows for more ease and less pushing and struggling to ‘get things done’. Yoga has similar philosophies, but Qigong goes more deeply into these aspects.
It is also a time saver! I am a mother now so don’t have the luxuries of time that I used to have pre motherhood, so this is another reason. I can practice at home without the need for a teacher to ‘oversee’ what I am doing because the moves are extremely simple compared to yoga.

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a simple set of flowing movements and breathing that increase flexibility, body awareness, present moment awareness and frees up energy in your body. Qigong works on the premise that we never really lose our energy, it is more that we have blocked energy within certain areas of our body and getting the energy flowing again affects every cell in our body as well as our mental functioning.

What are the benefits of Qigong?

There are many benefits of Qigong. Just a few of them include:

  • Enhanced immune system
  • Reduction in stress
  • A feeling of being more resilient in life
  • Pain reduction in body
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased heart and lung capacity
  • Prevention of injuries in bones, joints and mucsles
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Increased sensitivity to your own body and what it needs for optimum wellness
  • Not overly time consuming
  • Can be practiced in nearly any kind of clothing

Try a 10 minute session now.

The best way to find out what the benefits of Qigong are is to try a mini session. The 10 minute session below is perfect for getting a direct experience of what some of the benefits of Qigong are. Before you begin the exercises, take stock of how comfortable you feel in your body and mind right now. Give yourself a mark between 0 and 10, where 10 is ‘feeling great’ and 0 is ‘feeling terrible’. Then, after you have done the Qigong session below, give yourself another mark out of 10 as to how well you feel. Enjoy!



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Do you have any prior experience with Qigong? Feel free to comment below and let me know!

  • ABOUT LIZ HENNESSY

    ABOUT LIZ HENNESSY

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    ABOUT LIZ'S TEACHER

    Lee Holden
    Is A Qigong Master
    Based In The US.

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