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.
The first step is to know what Qi feels like.
I signed up to to get three free videos from one of Lee’s websites to see if I would actually be able to have an experience of what this mysterious ‘Qi’ (pronounced chee) was all about. I will admit I was a little skeptical about it and I had in my mind that exercises such as these are really only what older people practice. But once I went through Lee’s free videos, I was hooked. I was able to feel what Qi actually was so I bought the entire Discover Qi course from the Mindvalley Academy platform, and have not looked back since!
Update: Discover Qi is no longer available, but for my recommended Lee Holden beginner qigong program, click here.
The traditions of the East Vs the West
Lee’s Qigong instruction takes the mysteriousness out of Qigong and makes it very user friendly for the western mind and gets you into action straight away. He says that the culture in China (where Qigong originated) is more to follow instructions and not ask questions, where is in the west we usually want to know why we are doing something. He teaches in a style that lets the western mind know why we are doing a particular exercise and how it benefits us.
Qigong and The Law Of Attraction
If there was a spiritual belief system that I could name that I follow, it would be the teachings of Abraham Hicks and the Law Of Attraction. The Law Of Attraction teaches that we attract to us whatever our dominant feeling state is in life, so if we are consistently feeling good because of a certain inner cultivation we choose to take part in daily, our life is more likely to be filled with things that are enjoyable for us. Therefore, what better practice than Qigong to commit to on a daily basis? It embraces the mind, the body and the emotions. It teaches the path of least resistance through Taoist practices. It is more than just physical exercises, it embraces a whole life philosophy that promotes flowing with life rather than fighting it.
How can Qigong can help you.
At first Qigong might seem like an exercise that is too simple to actually have any impact. When you watch someone practice Qigong, you are likely to think that not much is happening for them. However, there are many things going on inside of them. Qigong can help you feel:
- More in control of your life
- More flexible in not only your body, but also your mind
- Relief from physical and emotional pain
It can also enhance:
- Your lung capacity
- Your physical energy
- Your immune system
- Your ability to deal with stressful events
- Your mental health
- Your mental clarity
These positive results of practicing Qigong will really only be felt after some consistent practice of it every day, however it has quicker results than other exercise programs. After just one week of practicing Qigong with a qualified teacher you will notice an improvement in your energy levels and sense that you are more calm in your day to day activities.