Lesson 37 – Qigong Inner Smile Meditation (Replay of Live Qigong Class)
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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Qigong Inner Smile Meditation – Introduction
The Qigong inner smile technique is an ancient practice to aid in healing the body and bringing about more contentment and inner peace. It helps to transform emotional stress which may potentially lead to Qi stagnation and physical symptoms in your body. When you smile, many muscles in your face are activated and it sends a message to the body that you must be in a good mood. Smiling helps to relax, not only the face, but the whole body. It shifts your nervous system from the sympathetic (fight or flight stressed state) to the parasympathetic which is associated with the ‘rest and digest’ (relaxed state) response in the body. It can also help to strengthen your immune system.
The inner smile meditation is a popular practice in which we smile inwardly to each of the major organs of our body, activating the Qi within us. This is easy to do and will require only 10- 30 minutes (longer if you like).
Sickness often originates from emotions becoming stuck (stagnant Qi) and settling in the organs. The inner smile breaks this cycle. It removes the cause and symptoms of disharmony by transforming stuck emotions and creating the conditions for smooth and unimpeded flow of Qi. This is turn allows the body and mind to come back into a natural healthy balance.
You’ll find many versions of the inner smile meditation online. The method I teach in this video is taken from “Wellbeing.com”.
Qigong Inner Smile Meditation – Method
- Begin by taking a comfortable sitting position (more on seated Qigong here).
- Settle into your practice by relaxing your body and mind with Abdominal Breathing.
- Listen to my voice as I guide you through the Qigong Inner Smile Meditation.
- Consolidate your practice with a few abdominal breaths in order to ground the Qi in Dan Tian rather than leaving it in the head or the heart which can lead to a “scattered” feeling.
Please watch the following videos I made previously which you can also use in conjuction with this Qigong Inner Smile Meditation.
- Qigong for Emotional Balance (to calm your mind).
- Seated Qigong Exercises
- How To Relieve Stress With Qigong.
- A Grounding Qigong Routine.
Previous Live Lesson Replays
Previous live lesson replays are listed below and can be found on my blog page.
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