I was unprepared for how Qigong would change my life when it comes to wellness and more energy. I have tried a wide variety of alternative exercise programs and used to be a yoga instructor and personal trainer. Ideally Qigong for beginners would be focused around getting the student into action quickly, so they can experience the immediate benefits of it. This post examines the best program I have found to date that achieves this.
Lee Holden’s Modern Qigong.
In 2012 I came across Lee Holden’s Modern Qigong. His teaching style suited me straight away and allowed me to feel the sensation of Qi in my body immediately. He didn’t waffle on about all the esoteric spiritual aspects of Qigong (of which I now know there are many) and got me into action with his free Qigong videos that were sent to me via email after my request.
As a beginner I feel it is really important to learn how to feel your Qi quickly because this is the basis of Qigong. When you practice Qigong exercises you want to be aware of the Qi sensations in your body and how it changes you over time because this will deepen your practice. Lee Holden turns what can be a complex subject into something that anyone can get immediate benefit out of. I was so impressed with his first three videos and easy teaching style that I went on to buy his entire online course titled ‘Discover Qi’.
Discover Qi: Online course information
This course is broken in to three categories. They are as follow:
- Feel Your Qi (session 1)-This session focuses on bringing energy sensations in your body to the forefront and leaves you feeling a sense of vitality.
- Activate your Qi-(session 2-6)-These sessions focus on directing your Qi to certain areas of your body which improves your health.
- Live with Qi (sessions 7-8)-These sessions help you to integrate Qi into your daily life.
The entire program has 6 audios which are around 10 minutes long which help you understand the basics of Qigong and how it relates to lifestyle. There are also 6 guided meditations to relax your body and mind, as well as 6 video exercises instructions and 2 daily video practices (one for morning and one for night) which you can choose between the 10 minute version or the 20 minute version. There are also 6 bonus videos which focus on:
- Bringing A Boost Of Your Energy Into Your Day
- Neck And Shoulder Pain Relief
- Qi Gong For Better Sleep
- Clear Stress And Tension From The Body
- Increase Focus And Mental Clarity
What I got out of the ‘Discover Qi’ online course.
I never realised something so simple could be so powerful. The thing I noticed after my first practice session was a heightened sense of energy and wellbeing in my body and my mind. I felt like I had loosened up my body in a way that was so easy to do. I was surprised that I could achieve the same amount of flexibility and flow as I could with a a solid yoga session. Yet, these beginner Qigong exercises are so much easier to do than yoga.
I was actually a yoga instructor at the time and was teaching many classes per week, and I was so impressed with this Qigong program that I began to integrate it with some of my yoga classes. My students felt their Qi quickly too and then I started to choreograph a class which integrated Qigong, Yoga and Dance (see my video at the bottom of this post).
As I continued to practice the simple Qigong exercises daily for only 20 minutes each time (sometimes only 1o minutes), within a few days I noticed I had no back pain anymore, and felt really calm and centred within. I felt less urge to drink coffee and felt like I was really ‘in’ my body, as opposed to being easily distracted where my mind was on several things at once.
A positive change in blood tests.
As with many things in life, my Qigong and Yoga practice fell by the wayside after the birth of my first child. But 4 months ago, I decided to really get back into it because I felt like my wellbeing and health was slipping. After practicing Qigong and related energy medicine techniques for the last 4 months, I got some blood tests done recently just for a general health check up. This is something I do once a year just to keep an eye on my biochemistry.
The previous 3 years my kidney function had been indicating a higher than usual creatinine level and was causing the doctor a bit of concern. I was so happy when just yesterday the doctor showed me my latest blood test results and every single test was better than the last 3 years in a row! I am not absolutely sure if this is related to Qigong, but it is certainly a nice coincidence. I did not change anything else about my lifestyle other than practicing Qigong and Energy Medicine.
Who is this course for?
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get to the core of what Qigong offers in a short amount of time. I would especially recommend it to people with back pain, arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, those who feel a lot of stress and anxiety, and anyone who wants more energy and mental clarity. It is perfect for those who sit for long periods of time in front of a computer, as this is one of the worst activities for keeping your energy flowing and your mind fresh.
I’d also recommend it to those who are more concerned with the physical benefits of Qigong than they are concerned about the spiritual and esoteric concepts around Qigong. It would be easy in some cases to be put off Qigong if you were not spiritually inclined, and were already sceptical of energy running through the meridians. This course is very experiential and not philosophical so much. It is designed for even the biggest sceptic to feel something within.
Who is this course not for?
I would not recommend this course to anyone who is not prepared to try the exercises daily at least for a while. You want to give it at least a week before you assess whether Qigong is working for you or not. However, it would be unusual if you tried one of Lee’s daily routines and did not immediately feel anything at all.
Want more information about Discover Qi?
- To get 3 free videos from Lee to get your Qi journey started, click here.
- To get the entire course straight away, click here.
- Cost of course: $99 OR 2 payments of $49.50 (as of 12th May 2017)
- Delivery: Online video and audio via Mindvalley Academy learning platform. Course is also accessible via a smart phone app after purchase, which makes it really easy to take anywhere with you.
- Money Back guarantee? yes-within 90 days of purchase.
Feel free to contact me if you want any more information about this course.
What about you?
Do you have any experience with Qigong? If so, what is your favourite type of Qigong? If not, how about giving Lee’s free videos a go here?
One of my beginner student classes back in 2013 integrating Qigong, Yoga and Dance.