This video shows you a Qigong meditation for deep sleep which helps to calm your mind and relax your body from a lying (supine) posture. It was taught by myself, Dr. Janice Tucker, the founder of the Space To Relax Programme of Qigong video lessons.
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Qigong Meditation For Deep Sleep – Introduction
I think you’ll agree that many of us have experienced problems with sleep at one time or another. Sleep problems are all too common and, if left to continue, can develop into long-term interruption of your sleep pattern.
Sleep is connected with so many “re” words like relaxation, repair, rejuvenation, revitalisation, recharging, rehabilitation and restoration so you can imagine the consequences of these functions not taking happening when we enjoy our rest time.
One thing is for sure, if we do not sleep well then we do not wake the next day feeling refreshed and this can have a significant knock-on effect on day-to-day life. We may feel:
- physically exhausted;
- irritable and short tempered;
- unable to concentrate and focus our minds clearly;
- stressed and anxious because we are too exhausted to cope with everything we want to do during the day.
The good news is that Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a practical tool that you can use in the management of sleep issues. In TCM terms, we can only enjoy deep and peaceful sleep when we have a calm mind which means a mind without distraction, anxiety or excessive “chatter” when we settle down at night.
The video lesson on this page is divided into two parts showing you:
- A comfortable lying down (supine) position which allows for open and free flow of Qi, blood and fluid throughout the body with the result that your body and mind quickly come into a state of relaxation without tension.
- A Qigong meditation for deep sleep. Use your breath and mind to focus on total relaxation of your physical body and mind, bringing the mind into the all so important calm state which will allow restful and good quality sleep to happen.
Qigong Meditation For Deep Sleep – Method
- Lying Down (Supine) Qigong Posture
Sit on the floor with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor.
Lower yourself down slowly to the lie on floor using your arms to support you.
Tuck your chin in towards your throat and feel the elongation in the back of your neck, resting your head on a blanket or small pillow.
Move your shoulder blades down the back of your body.
Feel a natural curve in the lower back.
Your knees can be bent or straight. Be sure you are not feeling tightness in your lower back.
Rest your hands a few inches away from the sides of your body.
Feel length from the base of your spine all the way up to the top of the back of your head.
Relax and perform a few abdominal breaths.
- Qigong Meditation For Deep Sleep
Firstly, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, making the exhalation longer than the inhalation. The aim is to rid sick or turbid Qi from your body. Repeat for 6 breaths.
Practice 6 abdominal breaths to settle into your practice.
Follow along with my voice as I talk you through the Qigong meditation for deep sleep called “Relax, Expand and Nourish the Heart”.
Consolidate your practice with a few abdominal breaths.
Additional Video Resources
You’ll find many other live lesson replays on my blog page. Take a look at some of them to find methods that you can easily combine with this one. You can use the search box on the blog page to find any topics you are interested in.
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