"Awaken Qigong" is part of Kind Karma's Global Initiative called, "TALK" - Teach All Loving Kindness. TALK is about teaching others how to connect with their own innate Loving Kindness and building a global community of Kind Karma Creators. TALK is a call-to-action and its aim is to teach people specific methods of how to choose kindness in their lives, and to spread Kind Karma® to those with whom they share the world. Awaken Qigong is one such method to assist in this calling, as it plants the seeds of positive change through:
Integrating Awaken Qigong flow sequences, stretches and postures.
Mind-Body healing through movement or sitting meditation.
Power of intent, positive thinking, visualization and imagery.
Emotional harmony and balance through breath exercises.
Body tapping, shaking or vibrating to awaken and stimulate energy meridian points.
Accessing the healing power of our hands.
Using the healing power of sounds through recitation, instruments or music.
Using Awaken Qigong energy props.
Floating Silks Hands: Exercise #8
From Awaken Qigong's Flow Sequence 1
Preparing for Floating Silk Hands
1. Begin in a standing, relaxed stance - Wuji or Wu Chi.
Feet: are rooted, shoulder width apart and with toes close to parallel. The weight is slightly to front center over the feet.
Knees: are soft and slightly bent.
Hips: are relaxed, with the sensation of pushing downward into the floor with no tension; tailbone is slightly tucked in.
Waist: is supple with a sense of mobility and freedom.
Chest: is opened and slightly collapsed (the chest is not sticking out or lifted).
Shoulders, Elbows and Hands: are all slightly bent and relaxed. Shake out your arms before you begin if you notice you are carrying tension. To release shoulder tension, raise your shoulders as high as you can so that you can feel the effort of holding them up. Next, drop and relax your shoulders as much as possible while breathing out. Elbows are relaxed and and hands, wrists and fingers are relaxed at the sides. However, try to create am energetic connection with the Earth to make sure they aren’t limp.
Head: imagine from the top of your head you are hanging from an invisible bungee cord that is lifting your body upwards and straightening your spine. Your neck is long and relaxed.
Eye Gaze: is soft and looking at or slightly below horizon.
2. Try to feel the weight of your body as if hanging from an imaginary bungee cord.
Place your awareness at the bottoms of your feet. Focus through the Yong Quan Point (Kidney 1 - located on the sole of the foot in the depression) into the earth, and Bai Hui (Du Mai 20 - crown of your head) to the sky.
3. Breathe deeply into the Xia Dantian, your lower belly.
Repeat for 3-9 breaths.
Awaken Qigong Tip: Inhale naturally through your nostrils. Exhale naturally through your mouth. Let your breathing lead the movements. Don’t manipulate the breath to maintain a certain rhythm of movement. Let your body move as it rides the breath.
4. Raise your arms in front of your solar plexus (celiac plexus), shoulder-width apart, with both palms facing downward.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is situated below the sternum. You can imagine it to be a bright light that radiates and creates a pillar of yellow light along the midline of your body.
5. Float your - silk - hands along the center or midline of your body. Right hand above the left hand. Your palms should be facing one another.
Your hands should be about 3-5 inches apart.
How to Practice Floating Silk Hands
1. Twist to Right: Transfer your bodyweight to the left leg as you turn your body - from waist - to a 3 o'clock position (this will depend upon your comfort level or flexibility). Keeping your knees slightly bent, turn your right palm up as you begin to twist to the right. Keep your elbow slightly bent and wrist and fingers relaxed.
2. Circle or Arc your Right Arm Backwards as You Twist: Keeping your breath natural, lift (or draw) your right arm up in a backward arc, behind your body. Your hand should be about shoulder height (again, at your comfort level), with the palm facing inward towards your body (not shown in the photo).
3. Return Back to the Center: Turn body from your waist to a 12 o'clock position - facing center again - evenly transferring your weight on your feet.
4. Twist to Left: Transfer your bodyweight to right leg as you turn your body - from the waist - to a 9 o'clock position (this will depend upon your comfort level or flexibility). Keeping knees slightly bent, turn left palm up as you begin to twist to the left. Keep your elbow slightly bent and wrist and fingers relaxed.
5. Circle or Arc your Left Arm Backwards as You Twist: Keeping your breath natural, lift (or draw) your left arm up in a backward arc, behind body. Your hand should be about shoulder height (again, at your comfort level), with the palm facing inward towards your body (not shown in the photo).
6. Return Back to the Center: Turn body from your waist back to a 12 o'clock position - facing center again - evenly transferring your weight on your feet.
7. Movement: Alternate each arm. Repeat six to nine times on each side (or up to 3 minutes).
8. Conclusion: To end, slowly lower arms down by your sides, with your palms facing your outer thighs. Place your hands in Awaken Qigong palm position.
Awaken Qigong Tips for Floating Silk Hands
Hand Movements: Imagine that you have a balloon on the palm of your hand and you bring the other hand around in a big curve to roll the imaginary balloon - gently forward - along palm of the bottom hand.
Allow the energy to flow throughout your body, as you move like a piece of smooth, soft silk saree.
Coordinate your hand movements to the natural flow of your breath.
Keep the eyes relaxed, maintaining a soft gaze at each floating hand, as your body moves to the right, then the left.
During the Awaken Qigong movement, bring awareness to your Kua.
Moving in Awareness: Everyone’s body changes over time, so stay in tune with your energetic and physical needs.
"Awaken Qigong is a natural way to achieve vibrant health by nourishing your body, mind and spirit, and awakening your self-healing ability. One of its core tenets reminds us that we are the very best doctors of own soul when we consistently take our daily medicine of self-love, compassion and kindness." - Dean Telano
Calming and soothing for the mind and nervous system.
Releases stress and tension.
Reenergizes and replenishes the body.
Twisting helps with organ massage, lower back tension or stiffness, and diaphragmatic tension, trauma or stored emotional release.
Strengthens the lungs; helps with easeful, relaxed breathing.
Helpful for physical and mental exhaustion, fatigue and chronic pain.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) this exercise relates largely to the Metal and Water elements.
Helps to balance and restore health to the Kidney, Lung, Gallbladder and Spleen Meridians (your body's energy pathways).
"Stilling the mind and relaxing the body increases energy (chi) circulation and opens our energy pathways (meridians). We can achieve this meditative state when we observe the flow of our breath and allow it to naturally awaken. - Dean Telano
Read about the "Benefits of Awaken Qigong"
Read about the "Crystal Awaken Qigong"
Awaken Qigong is not a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis or treatment for any medical or psychological condition. It is not intended as a replacement or substitute for medical treatment from a health care provider for any medical or psychological condition, nor should it be used as such. For such issues, you should seek the proper treatment from a licensed physician or healthcare professional. Be sure to consult your physician before starting this or any other exercise program.
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