I‘m frequently asked this type of question:
“Which Qigong exercise should I practice?”
Well, let’s take a look at the 5 main of aims of Qigong and I’ll recommend 1 or 2 for each one:
- Health and vitality – Lifting The Sky (p.53), Nourishing Kidneys (p.81)
- Longevity – Carry The Moon (p.77)
- Internal force – Push Mountains (p.103)
- Mental Clarity – Nourishing Kidneys (p.81)
- Spiritual cultivation – Separating Water (p.107), Shoot Arrows (p.57)
Note: the number after the exercise relates to the page number in my Shaolin Chi Kung book.
However, there is something I believe to be far more important than which Qigong exercise is known to be most cost effective for producing a desired result.
And it’s this:
Let me explain…
Qigong is an art that has to be practiced regularly for months before you really start to gain it’s heavy duty benefits.
Sure, if you practice Qigong the way I teach it, you’ll quickly experience many worthwhile benefits straight away.
- Feeling physically relaxed.
- Inner peace.
- Being calm and focused at the same time.
And so on.
But these pleasant experiences don’t usually hang around for long before the stresses and strains of your life wash them away.
You see, despite what anyone else might tell you, it takes repetition and persistance to plant the foundations of a Qigong practice that will give you a bountiful harvest of delicious benefits.
And from 10 years of teaching Qigong students I’ve noticed that those who enjoy their practice succeed quicker and get much better results from their practice than those who don’t.
One I’ve just covered:
When you enjoy something you’re more likely to do it. And Qigong isn’t something you can just read about and gain the benefits of.
You have to practice it.
The second reason is just as important.
And if you’ve been a Qigong Daily reader for any period of time you’ll have heard me say it before.
But here goes for those who’ve only recently joined the party…
not which Qigong exercises or forms you practice.
And Qigong skills are developed through correct daily practice and correct daily practice is most quickly and easily developed by doing Qigong exercises you enjoy.
So now do you see why I say:
Let me give you a quick example:
Take a look at this list of benefits practicing Nourishing Kidneys is known to give if you practice it as Qigong:
- Improve sexual health and functioning (in all aspects)
- Enhance the intellect
- Increase vitality
- Overcome fear
- Beneficial for the kidneys and pituitary gland
- Improves concentration
- Helps balance the emotions
- Increase confidence
- Overcome sciatica and incontinence
- Increase energy
I think you’ll agree, it’s a freaking awesome Qigong exercise.
But it’s my least favourite. I don’t know why, I just don’t particularly enjoy it.
And if I’d have had to practice nothing but Nourishing Kidneys twice a day for 3 months I doubt whether I could have done it.
That’s just one of the 99 things I love about the 18 Lohan Hands Qigong set.
It’s good to have a little variety whilst you develop your Qigong skills.
And f you can’t find a few Qigong exercises out of the 18 Lohan Hands that you love then frankly there’s no hope for you.
Now, if you’d like to discover all there is to know about the 18 Lohan Hands Qigong set, you’ve got a choice:
If you like learning from books and you’re a self motivated learner I recommend my book: Shaolin Chi Kung – 18 Exercises To Help You Live A Longer, Healthier and Happier Life. Available here: http://ShaolinChiKungBook.com
If you prefer learning from written and video material and you like your lessons in small bite sized chunks delivered weekly I recommend my Qigong Secrets Home Study Course. You can get a two lesson ‘test-drive’ for just 35 cents a day here: http://EnjoyQigong.com
Whichever option you choose I’ll do my best to make the learning process as simple and enjoyable for you as I can.
Enjoy your practice =)