Poor posture and repetitive movement using improper body alignments have resulted in back, neck and shoulder pain that has become pandemic in the West. It’s not only affecting adults, but our youth as well. The symptoms are caused by prolonged sitting, usually starring at computer or television screens, and recurring micro-movements operating keywords, remote controls, clicks on the mouse and more. With each passing year, we are only becoming more reliant on technology, so although prevention is key, the solution (at least in part) must also include ways to expel tension and pain once it has become lodged in the body.
Check out my video with practices for a healthy spine, including an exercise you can try with a training partner to get accurate feedback!
A few months back I posted some how-to videos to help you balance your body in your qi gong, tai chi and bagua training. Now I have three steps you can take to start fixing imbalances in your body before they create greater health issues.
Easy Energy Exercises Can Reduce Stress + Tension in the Eyes
I don’t have to tell you that during the day, stress and tension have a way of building up. In our extremely visual world—with books, television, signs, mobile phones, computers and all kinds of gadgetry—a lot of that tension gets stuck in our eyes and nervous system. I’ve got a few exercises that will help you recognise when your eyes are becoming overloaded and what to do about it.
Easy Energy Exercises for the Eyes
In most activites, e.g. seated at a desk in front of a computer, you turn, bend, stretch and/or move around your space in one way or another. As you do, your eyes involuntarily focus on objects in your field of vision. They remain fixed there until they jump to the next object.
In my 2011 Five Element Qi Gong retreat in Crete, I discussed ways to restore balance in and revitalise the body. One method for fretting out imbalances and getting real about your practice is training with a partner, which accomplishes three important goals:
The question of how long to train Tao meditation and energy arts is one of the most frequestly asked questions.
I advise all students, but especially beginners to qi gong, tai chi, bagua or meditation, to mind their two-thirds of effort in mind-body-qi, and save 45-minute to hour-long practices for many months (or even years) down the line, once they have a solid foundation in nei gong. Otherwise, you may injure yourself or build up too much internal resistance and stop practising.