Lesson 19-Qigong for Balance and Ears (Replay of Live Qigong Class)

Lesson 19-Qigong for Balance and Ears (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 for Balance and Ears – Introduction

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Introduction To Qigong for Balance & Ears

In this video you can follow along with some Qigong for balance and ears. Having good balance is important in order to prevent falls, especially in seniors where the consequences of a broken bone can be very serious. Athletic performance can also be enhanced with improved balance. Many sports require finely tuned balance and timing. Even simple walking or cycling requires good balance.

Many of us know that the ears are closely connected with our sense of balance. Ear infections or conditions such as vertigo, Meniere’s disease and labyrinthitis can have a serious detrimental impact upon our balance. The video on this page also shows you some massage to stimulate the acupuncture points around your ears to improve the flow of Qi to this area. Also, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ears are the sense organ associated with the Kidney system so a simple lower back/kidney massage is also demonstrated for you to follow along with.

Qigong for Balance and Ears – Method

1. Adopt the Qigong sitting or standing posture (more here).

2. Begin with Abdominal Breathing to get into the “Qigong State” of calm and relaxation (more details here).

3. As you breathe, identify the areas where you are holding tension by mentally scanning from your head to your toes. Exhale and in your mind’s eye visualise relaxing and expanding the area which is tense.

4. Build leg strength to give yourself confidence around your balance, knowing that your legs can safely and securely support you. To do this adopt a horse stance (more here) and practice an exercise such as the “Circles” exercise to encourage Qi circulation the four directions (see more detail here).

5. Follow along with ear massage and ear pulling to stimulate the acupuressure points around the ears.

6. Massage the lower back/kidney area to stimulate and invigorate the flow of Qi in the kidney system.

7. Refer to my previous videos on “Qigong for Grounding” and “Qigong for Feet and Ankles” for more exercises which will help you with leg strength and balance. Also, here is another video for you which I made on Qigong for Balance.

Integration into Your Day

In order to develop better balance you can find a few minutes to practice any of the above Qigong for balance and ears during the course of your day. Remember, if you are not confident with your balance, to move slowly and deliberately, making sure your footing is firm and you feel grounded before moving your body.

Previous Live Lesson Replays

Previous live lesson replays are listed below and can be found on my blog page.

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

What Can I Do Next?

To sign up and attend the live online sessions please click here. Classes are free of charge and suitable if you’re a beginner or have more Qigong experience. Once you sign up I’ll send details to your email with links to the Zoom classes (check your junk/spam folders for notifications). Please share this information with your family and friends as everyone is more than welcome.

If you’d like to take your practice to the next level with my structured, step-by-step Space To Relax Qigong programme of 50 video lessons accompanied by audio and PDF files with support from me every step of the way then click here.

To get my free part video series of 3 Qigong lessons which will be delivered to you by email over the course of one week please go to my homepage. In these lessons you’ll learn more about abdominal breathing and Qi movement. In addition, you’ll learn how to rid waste Qi from your body order to feel more relaxed and energised.

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Qigong For Balance

Qigong For Balance

Nearly all Qigong methods combine an element of balance, except the ones where you are lying down meditating. I mentioned this in a previous video blog about the differences between Qigong and Yoga. In this post I’ll tell you my three best tips which show you how to use Qigong for balance. This is important for the elderly in helping to prevent falls. Balance is also important for athletes where a good sense of balance can make all the difference to athletic performance.

Janice Tucker is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical Qigong. She is also the founder of the Space To Relax online programme of Qigong video lessons.

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3 Ways To Use Qigong For Balance

1. Relaxation

The more relaxed you are the more you can find your natural balance and centre of gravity. Holding tension in your muscles causes imbalance. Refer to the previous video on Qigong Standing Posture to learn more details about how to maintain balance and relaxation in this posture.

2. Do Exercises To Promote Leg Strength

Any standing posture will help to increase the strength of your legs if practiced regularly over time. A good example you can look at is one of the 8 Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin) exercises called “Open Eyes Wide With Clenched Fists” which is performed from a horse stance position. This stance will help to develop the strength of your thighs giving you a more solid and stable foundation leading to an improved sense of balance.

3. Learn How To Stand Properly

Learning how to stand properly by “regulating” the position of the neck and lower spine will improve your balance. From there you can then walk with more confidence and an improved sense of balance.

If you practice these three methods then your overall movement will be more solid and stable resulting in improved balance and confidence as you move around.

What Do I Do Next?

1. Head over to my Space To Relax homepage to sign up for a free 3 part video series of Qigong lessons.

2. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking the red “Subscribe” button. Then you won’t miss my regular videos which are full of useful health enhancing tips. Also please give this video a “Like” if you learned more about how to use Qigong for balance (and share with any friends or family, especially the more elderly people you know who may not be so steady on their feet).

3. If you are on Facebook head over to my free group, “Space To Relax Free Group” and leave any comments or questions for me there. I’ll be happy to answer them. Also, by joining this group, you will receive regular posts of Qigong articles and videos with really useful tips about how to use Qigong to improve your state of health.