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I am excited to announce the completion of my new Qigong DVD.
You can pay through Paypal, or with a credit card. I will send the DVD right out to you. This would make a great Christmas gift, a way to encourage yourself or loved ones to get a Qigong practice going in their life for the new year. It is just $19.95 plus $3.99 shipping and handling.
The Delightful Dozen
• Consists of 12 exercises.
• Teaches many Qigong principles you can apply to your life.
• Is accessible, doable, and useful for people at all levels of health
• Fosters internal relaxation and coordination of body, mind, breath, and energy.
• Is easy to learn. It is not confusingly philosophical, or super-serious.
• Helps all parts of your body become equal with the full flow of energy, information and awareness: left and right, palms and feet, arms and legs, head and feet, torso and legs, front and back, inside and out.
Developed from Primordial Qigong
Each of the 12 exercises is found in the flowing body of a gentle exercise form called Primordial Qigong. The word primordial here, refers to your original vitality. The Primordial Qigong form is a flowing, connected sequence of the movements, much like Taiji (Tai Chi) is a slow stream Qigong sequence.
I first developed the Delightful Dozen Set as a way to teach the moves of Primordial Qigong. Eventually I realized it was a marvelous practice in itself, and an ideal teaching tool for the principles of Qigong. It is a beautiful Qigong on its own.
After you master the Delightful Dozen, you may want to go on to learn Primordial Qigong, which I also teach.
Deepen and Expand Your Self-Healing Skill
If you have learned the Five Flows Qigong, which is the first video in this series, The Delightful Dozen will expand and deepen your skill. If you haven’t learned the Five Flows, you might want to go back and learn it first.
• For this new video I again take out mysteriousness and make Qigong as accessible as it truly can be. With principles taught on the DVD, you can gain great benefits from a regular Qigong practice.
• The Delightful Dozen is slightly more advanced than the Five Flows, but you can learn it as a first set if you choose. It is also an introductory set for Qigong.
• In terms of the flows of Qi as defined on my Fun With Qigong: Five Flows DVD, the Delightful 12 is mostly balancing, with some charging and some centering.
• I hope you gain rich rewards from your learning, practice and eventual mastery of the Delightful Dozen.
The video is divided into several sections
• An introductory section covers the basics of Qigong training.
• In section two I present and explain the moves of each exercise,.
• Section three is where you deepen your experience and magnify beneficial results by focusing on specific principles in turn. In order and over time learn and practice the Structure Principle; then, get the Movement Principle, Qi Principle, and Consciousness Principle.
• Once you have learned each of the exercises, you can go ahead in the DVD to follow along with the Full Set Practice in Section four.
• Once you are completely familiar with the set, you can practice it on your own.
It’s fun, easy to begin and helps you feel great. The Delightful Dozen can boost your immune system and could protect against illnesses…from colds and flu to far more serious diseases.
The Delightful Dozen trains you to be natural, at ease and empowered in your own body. By incrementally improving how you move, stand, breathe, and think, you improve your state of body, mind and emotions.
The Progression of Learning the Delightful Dozen
This Qigong is simple to begin to learn and most people begin noticing results right away.
Yet, the Delightful Dozen, like most Qigong, has layers and aspects more that add depth, breadth, sophistication that, as you learn them, increase the effectiveness of the practices and magnify results.
1. Basic Idea. First get just the basic idea down—a rough sense of what you are doing with your arms, legs and waist.
2. Structure and Movement. As you get better with a new exercise you begin paying more attention to structural details and movement precision. You also get more able to align the movements with your breathing rhythm.
3. Energy and Consciousness. After a span weeks practicing a move, the exercise becomes more familiar. Now you can begin adding focus on what the Qi flow is doing, how your energy is, and where your mind is. By this time you are attaining a complete exercise, one that is replete with benefits.
The Delightful Dozen
1. Earth’s Breath Rises/Heaven’s Breath Sinks
2. Separating Yin from Yang
3. Holding the Qi Ball at the Dantian
4. Circling the Qi Ball Along the Microcosmic Orbit
5. Moving the Heart Through Time and Space
6. Blending Fire and Water
7. Rooting Left and Right
8. Scooping Energy From Nature
9. Dragon Washes its Face
10. Stirring the Cosmos
11. Drinking the Earth
12. Collecting the Qi
Many times I have heard from people who tried to learn Taiji (Tai Chi) that the moves were too complex and the form was too long to remember. Instead of using their class and practice time to learn healthy principles movement, they would mostly be overwhelmed. The Simple Taiji Form solves that problem. This form consists of just two postures repeated six times, plus some transitions. By investing a shorter time in learning the moves, you are able to explore many principles of Taiji Qigong. You aren’t spending all your efforts in remembering (and forgetting).
The Simple Taiji Form is a fun and accessible introduction to the world of Taiji. One repetition of this Qi-building form can be done in only 3 or 4 minutes. This short sequence trains balance, builds strength, improves memory, promotes health, and increases physical stability. Once you learn it, the form has many levels of practice within the same moves: It is a trove of riches of innumerable lessons and blessings. Daily practice of this little form will make your life better, healthier and probably longer.
Simple Taiji is a Qigong Practice
The Simple Taiji form will strengthen your whole body, lower your blood pressure (if needed), improve the health of your spine, replenish your energy resources, improve your breathing, aid your digestion and elimination, and release tension.
I learned this sequence from Minke de Vos in 1997 and 1998. She learned it from her teacher Mantak Chia.
Here is a List of the Principle Articles and Videos on this Qigong Website
Note: These listed articles come from the Blog section of this website. There is also a section of Pages, which contains much information as well. The links to the Pages can be found to the right on any page.
How to use this site.
My first post.
A video explaining the basics of Qigong.
What exactly is Qigong?
A 55 minute overview of Qigong, along with a sample of the Six Healing Sounds.
Practice. Preferably daily.
A video guide to learning the gentle, powerful, principle-based Qigong set called The Five Flows.
All endeavors seeking health should not be excessive. Excess kills. Moderation heals.
Simple approaches to heart health.
Video detailing some Qigong ideas for lowering pressure.
Exercises and resources from a non-invasive, vitalistic, self-empowering approach. Every woman should learn about these methods.
Social justice through heartful needles.
Shock breathing is normal but not natural. Learn how to breathe with ease.
Decrease pain with Qigong.
An introductory form to practice the principles and basic movements of Taiji (Tai chi).
Thoughts and exercises for working on that night-stealer insomnia.
Overview of Qigong exercises for overcoming insomnia.
Charge the Kidneys and connect the Kidneys to the Lower Dantian.
Warm the feet.
Draw Qi from the Lower Dantian to the feet.
Practice extra amounts of Qigong before travel, expected stressful events, or busy times to come.
Qigong will warm and balance your hands.
A second class with the heat camera shows some fascinating photos.
Sink your Qi to relax your being.
Get out of your head and center in the lower abdomen. Health and joy await you. Let go of tension and sink your Qi to feel much, much better. [with a video]
Make hot flashes a thing of the past with this simple, powerful technique. [with a video]
Work within your limits, but don’t let them define you.
A Meditation and Medical Qigong Method for staying sane and clear in an insane world.
The overview video of the “Old Man…” exercise.
The second video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Lungs and sadness.
The third video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Open the heart and release armoring.
The fourth video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Clear worry, excess emotions, and anger from the middle burner.
The fifth video of the “Old Man…” exercise. Putting it all together.
Three ways you might practice: Focused, expanded, or sophisticated ways.
Understanding what Qigong sets are and how to utilize them.
Understanding what Qigong forms are and how to utilize them.
One exercise can take you through all of the flows, if you stick with it.
These gentle, immunity-enhancing exercises truly work.
Use healing sounds and slow, gentle, movements.
How, when, and when not to do Qigong when illness is in the picture.
A baker’s dozen of Qigong workshops your group may want to host.
From Wild Goose Qigong, there is much healing in the intracies of these fun movements.
So much of a person’s stress arises from the backward, upside down, unnatural, but entirely common practice of chest breathing.
With so much heady focus in our world, we lose connection to the whole of our bodies and the sustenance of the earth. Become more whole and balanced by paying attention to your feet as much as to your brain.
Crouch and survive.
Sometimes an entire set is too much.
The Gate of Life is so important and so practical and so unknown.
We desperately need inexpensive, effective healthcare. Qigong is one of the answers to this urgent need.
Gentle tapping methods for wellness.
How to reframe and refocus your experience in the moment with Qigong.
Using the wall sitting exercise.
Success with the wall sitting exercise.
Getting a daily Qigong practice started can reward you with big health dividends later on.
Bending your knees helps alleviate many chronic pain symptoms.
Use the Shaking the Body exercise to release fear, uncertainty, and tension.
Be gentle and moderate with your Qigong to get the most out of it.
“People just have to get used to it.”
Qigong could save huge amounts of money, nationally.
It is downright cheap. It is gold that takes put pennies on the dollar.
The first three principles of Qigong: Practice, Modify, and Refine.
Using the gentleness and gentility of Qigong for giant gains.
Multi-tasking leads to injury.
Qigong is cheap medicine, easily accessible.
Qigong practice cautions.
Invest in Qigong and reap the lifelong rewards.
At least do some Qigong. You will be happy you did.
Healing babies instead of watching the Superbowl.
This is the site of Robert B. Bates DC, MMQ, an avid Qigong practitioner, Qigong teacher, and Qigong healer.
A Blog and a Website
This website is divided into two main parts: An ongoing blog of articles and announcements and regular web pages with information. Go to the Master List of Principle Articles page to scan the list of posts. See the “Pages” section to the right for more information.
This website is all about the great healing and movement art known as Qigong (say “chee gung.”) Qigong is a an ancient (and modern) approach to wellness and healing. In fact, it has been used as a primary healthcare for thousands of years and is still impressively effective today.
The Fun with Qigong website celebrates and elucidates the power of Qigong for self-healing. Learning new exercises, sets or forms (or deepening your understanding of a move or set) is satisfying, and good for you. Qigong is fun to practice and brings more fun into your life..
On this site, in both the blog posts and pages, are descriptive articles of Qigong, explanations of Qi and Qigong, photos of exercises, videos, exercise suggestions, and even a few opinions. There is an ever-growing collection of self-empowering exercises, prescriptions for all kinds health issues.
The Fun with Qigong DVD is available at Amazom.com. This DVD is an excellent introduction to the fascinating and energizing world of Qigong. It is only $19.95 (U.S.) plus shipping.
In addition to funwithqigong.com, Robert has a website detailing his healing work.
Robert offers healing sessions for many kinds of physical issues. He works with Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Medical Qigong Therapy, and Visceral Manipulation to help any physical condition you are dealing with.
Natural, Empowering Health Options
Here’s a positive and proactive way to look at breast health. There are so many healthful, non-traumatic ways to work with breast health. Below are exercises, videos, a book, some links and some simple philosophy. The first information I share is from the Qigong tradition.
One of the main points is to keep the tissues, fluids, and energies flowing. Stagnation is the breeding ground of disease. Movement is the keeper of health and progenitor of healing.
Keep in Mind and Practice
- Keep the Qi moving.
- Keep the blood flowing.
- Keep the lymph flowing.
Here are three Qigong exercises that help with breast health.
Note: The Five Flows DVD includes Exercises # 1 and # 2 listed below as well as additional immune-boosting, easy-to-learn, Qigong exercises.
Exercise #1. Shaking the Body
Shaking the Body is basically just gently shaking up and own. Shaking will stimulate circulation, increase lymph flow, and release stagnation at the cellular and tissue levels. Shaking with intent offers many benefits. One of them can be to release a stuck, stagnant or hot Liver. In Chinese Medicine thought, such Liver conditions are usually a part of the toxic stagnancies like cancers.
Exercise #2: Streaming the Fountains
One of the great benefit of Streaming the Fountains is that the arms are repetitively, rhythmically, slowly raised above the head and then lowered. Raising the arms in this way opens the lymphatic pathways through the armpit. The greatest part of breast lymph is drained through the lymph nodes in the armpit (the axillary nodes.) By slowly and smoothly practicing Streaming the Fountains, the axillary lymph nodes are gently stretched and opened; then lightly compressed. A lymph pulsation then ensues, releasing tenderness, decreasing tension, and increasing flow through your breasts.
Exercise #3: Press Heaven and Earth
Press Heaven and Earth is a similar exercise to Streaming the Fountains in that you are raising the arms and drawing energy up and down the body vertically. It comes from the ancient 8 Silken Brocades Set. Once learned well, it is even more effective in moving stuck Qi in the chest and opening the armpit nodes than Streaming the Fountains.
Press Heaven and Earth Instructions
Slowly, over 3 to 5 seconds, press and stretch one hand high and one low. The high hand is over the head and the lower hand at the outer thigh. The upper palm is bent on the stretches, with fingers facing inward. The lower palm stretches down at the side of the thigh. Exhale as hands go away from each other. Inhale as they come toward each other, crossing at the chest. This also is done slowly over 3 to 5 seconds. The slowness allows a smoothness of movement and empowered lymph flow to take place. The hands also twist as they rise or sink, especially the rising hand.
Medical Qigong for Breast Health
The International Institute of Medical Qigong has a DVD on using Qigong exercises for breast health and breast cancer prescriptions. These exercises use circular movements of the hands to increase breast Qi flow and special healing sounds. The teacher on the video is Jerry Alan Johnson, my own Medical Qigong instructor.
Here is a short video of a lymphatic pumping breast massage, basic but powerful and important. Some 70 percent of the lymph of the breasts flows to and through the axillary nodes. It is very, very important to keep these pathways open and always flowing. Flowing lymph clears stagnations that might otherwise lead to disease.
Dressed to Kill
The book Dressed to Kill makes the argument that tight bras lead to an increase in breast cancer. Some authorities pooh pah this assertion. It makes clear sense to me, however. A tight bra will compress the skin and lymph flow of the breast, especially in the most important channel along the upper, outside ribs toward the armpit. Many women, after learning about this, rethink their bra choices and bra-wearing patterns. Basically, wearing bras less often; wearing bras more loosely; and keeping the flows a going.
Those that might dismiss this book as pseudoscience are missing the point: That marketing undergarments is a science, one based on profit, not truth. And from my extensive studies in Qigong, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Cranio-Sacral Therapy—I think the authors of the book have a strong message that needs to be listened to and explored further.
Chinese Medicine for Breast Health
Here is a site devoted to the natural, Chinese Medicine thinking about breast health and approaching breast cancer through Qigong, acupressure and other proven natural methods.
Lymph Drainage Therapy
The superb system of Lymph Drainage Therapy has even more sophisticated approaches to working on the breasts. Anyone who has taken the second course in LDT from the Chikly Health Institute (formerly with the Upledger Institute) has learned the Breast Drainage approach. You might want to find a qualified therapist to help with this. Note: Different states, regions or countries have different laws for which licensed therapists can work on breasts.
Daily Breast Massage
Here is a video that is more of a teaser; it doesn’t show the breast massage techniques, just some women talking about the process. The video looks like it might be worth exploring, worth getting the DVD if it speaks to you.
In the fourth of four videos, to slip into a deep and pleasant and wonderful repose, draw your Qi down to your feet.
Here I present the third (of four) videos on using Qigong methods to reduce, repel, repulse and remove insomnia.
This is the second of four videos, detailing a Qigong method for alleviating insomnia, that aggravating sucker of energy.
Here is the first of four videos, detailing a Qigong method for alleviating insomnia, that thief in the night.