This is a replay of a live session showing you a Qigong routine for Spring, taught by myself, Dr. Janice Tucker. I have been teaching Qigong for two decades and am the founder of the Space To Relax Programme of Qigong video lessons. I’m also a practitioner of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. You can join my live classes on Zoom every Thursday at 4 pm Irish time. Click here to join us (lesson replays sent out by email in case you can’t make it).

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The Three Swings and Knocking On The Gate Of Life Qigong – Intro

The Three Swings (Knocking on the Door of Life) is an ancient Qigong practice that encourages the free flow of Qi around the whole of the physical body, stimulating the acupuncture point, Mingmen, known as the “Gate of Life”.

This exercise will help create the conditions for your Qi (energy) flow to unblock and flow in an unimpeded way. When this happens it revitalises your fundamental physical energy reserves. When you physically feel more energised, this has a knock-on effect on your emotions which can then become more balanced too.

Focus on:

1. Complete relaxation of your arms;

2. Allowing your waist and hips to lead the movement.


  1. Begin by adopting the correct Qigong standing posture and performing a few abdominal breaths.
  2. Perform a few circles exercises to encourage the movement of Qi in the four directions.
  3. Perform the Three Swings in the following order:
    a) Lower abdominal/lower back swing;
    b) Swing to open the sides of the body and massage the abdominal organs (liver, stomach, spleen);
    c) Swing to open and stimulate Qi flow to the lungs, heart and brain (upper part of the body).
  4. Stand on Tiptoes to Rid 1000 diseases.
  5. Close your practice with abdominal breathing and observe how you feel in both your body and mind.

Integrating The Three Swings and Knocking on the Gate of Life Qigong Into Your Day

You can practice any of the movements shown in this video whenever you have 5 minutes. A short daily practice of this method can help to improve you balance in addition to relieving tension in your shoulders or lower back and leaving you feeling energised!

Many other live lesson replays can be found on my blog page so I’d encourage you to take a look at some of them and find methods which you can easily add on to the end of this one. A good example is “Embracing The Tree” which is a lovely practice to perform once you have encouraged dynamic Qi flow with the practice in this video.

Click the image above to follow along with the Qigong class!

What Can I Do Next?

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