Do You Make These Mistakes?

Specific Qigong Practice Cautions

Don’t Overtrain

Qigong is about being natural and moderate. Stop a practice if it creates unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, in which case you might have been breathing out of balance, or trying too hard. Come back to your practice later after you settle down.

Stop or Shift your Practice if Any of these Are True

1.  If there is chaos in the environment. Chaos around you will agitate your Qi, not settle it. Examples of such chaos include: stormy weather; too much noise; a busy street nearby; or weather that is too cold, wet, or hot. Instead, wait out the chaos.

2.  If you are especially tired or sleepy. Get some rest or sleep. Practice Qigong later.

3.  If you can’t stop thinking. Thinking too much deranges the energy flow in the body and tends to keep too much energy in your head.

4.  If you are too serious in demeanor or have too reverential an approach. Be sincere, but keep it light, not emotionally heavy.

5.  If you are excessively hungry or too full of food. If hungry, eat. If full, let it digest for an hour or two.

6.  If It hurts anywhere when doing it. Find a way that doesn’t hurt, or as I like to say, “make it smaller.”

7. If you are sick. Prioritize rest and sleep. A little bit of light Qigong done in short pieces throughout the day seems to decrease the duration of an illness.

8.  If you are recovering from an illness or injury. Don’t jump right back into a regular practice. Ease into it. If you are the type of person who overdoes, pay attention to your actual body needs and wants, not to any preconceived ideas about how fast you should be healing up; nor by a belief system; nor even an eagerness. Practice Qigong and movement that doesn’t over-stimulate any hurt area. For broken bones don’t do healing sound work. The auditory vibrations can interfere with the healing bone (and hurt.)

9. If you are Menstruating. Most teachers recommend practicing more lightly during menses. Store Qi on your Kidneys, not in your Dantian. Charging the Kidneys is one exercise that you can use for this.

10. If you are Pregnant. Your body is going through so many changes. I don’t recommend beginning Qigong for the first time after getting pregnant. It is probably a good idea to continue a Qigong practice if you already have one, but be mindful and extra gentle with yourself. Especially at this time of life you need to aware and in tune with your body. If you begin to feel nauseated or out of sorts, stop the practice. Avoid storing energy in the lower energy center though. Put it into the Kidneys. Do not do healing sounds when pregnant so as not to vibrate the womb.

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