Lesson 76 – Qigong For Chest Opening, Lung Cleansing & Immune Strength (Replay of Live Class)

Lesson 76 – Qigong For Chest Opening, Lung Cleansing & Immune Strength (Replay of Live Class)

This video shows you some Qigong for chest opening, lung cleansing and immune strength. It was taught by myself, Dr. Janice Tucker, the founder of the Space To Relax Programme of Qigong video lessons.

These classes are free and everyone is welcome, however, if you’d like to contribute as a thank you for the class click here. 50% of donations will go to the ICU staff in my local hospital in Co. Kerry. The other 50% goes towards the upkeep of this website.

I have been teaching Qigong for two decades and am a practitioner of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. My passion is helping people just like you to develop skills, knowledge and tools to rebalance and maintain your health.

You can join my live classes on Zoom on the first Thursday of each month at 4 pm Irish time. Click here to join us (lesson replays sent out by email in case you can’t make it).

Qigong For Chest Opening, Lung Cleansing & Immune Strength – Introduction

Chest tightness and congestion are common problems in our modern-day lifestyle which involves spending a significant amount of time in a hunched or slumped posture. Driving, working on screens and phone use all cause us to too easily adopt a posture that constricts the lungs and impairs efficient breathing. This can result in:

Physically: feeling short of breath, fatigued, having a weakened immune system (see below for explanation);

Mentally: feeling anxious, depressed, unmotivated, not focused, lacking in confidence and self-esteem.

Research has shown that developing an upright posture with an open chest area can help with:

Physically: less fatigue, easier breathing, increased resilience;

Mentally: more mental clarity, less anxiety and depression, more confidence and a better mood.

In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Lung system is responsible for breathing, water metabolism, associated with the emotions of sadness and grief and self-confidence/value of oneself. The Lung is also responsible for the strength of our defensive Qi (Wei Qi) so by creating the conditions for smooth and abundant flow of Qi to the Lungs, we can help to strengthen our immunity.

Qigong exercises combining simple movements with the breath and mind focus can help to:

  1. Open the chest area and improve breathing efficiency;
  2. Enhance immunity;
  3. Relieve fatigue;
  4. Improve mood.

In the video lesson on this page you can follow along with some simple beginner Qigong exercises to

  1. Cleanse the lungs of waste or stale air and open up the chest area.
  2. Encourage the flow of Qi through the Lung channel (from just under the collar bones on each side, down the arms to the tip of the thumbs).
  3. Strengthen the lungs so that you can increase the efficiency of your breathing.

Qigong For Chest Opening, Lung Cleansing & Immune Strength – Method

  1. Adopt a Qigong Standing Posture.

  2. Settle into your practice with a few Abdominal Breaths.

  3. Cleansing the Lungs:

    Place one hand on top of the other on your lower abdomen. Inhale through your nose. Exhale through your mouth, at the same time leaning foward and gently pressing the abdomen inwards towards your spine. Repeat 3 times.
    Inhale through the nose to fill your lungs as much as you can, at the same time leaning back slightly and extending your arms to the sides at shoulder level. Hold your breath for a short time. Exhale through your mouth as you come back to an upright position. Repeat 3 times.

    NOTE: TAKE CARE WITH FORWARD BENDING IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH BLOOD PRESSURE, OSTEOPOROSIS OR LOWER BACK PAIN.
    Relax and perform a few abdominal breaths.


  4. Encouraging Flow of Qi Through the Lung Channel

    Inhale and lift your arms up to shoulder level in front of you. Make loose fists then extend your index fingers and thumbs out from the fist. Press the heels of the hands away from you so that you feel a stretch along the inside of your forearms. Exhale, moving your arms out to the sides at shoulder level, keeping your index fingers pointing to upwards and focusing on pressing the heels of your hands away from you. Bring your mind to the lung chanel running from beneath the collar bones to your thumbs. Inhale back to your starting position. Repeat 3 times.

  5. Strengthen the Lungs:

    Adopt a comfortable seated position. Use your right index and middle finger to find your pulse on your left hand. Rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Inhale and hold for 20 beats of your pulse (less if this is uncomfortable for you or you have any history of heart/cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or feel generally weak in any way). Exhale, at the same time, dropping your tongue away from the roof of your mouth and making the sound “Song”. Make this exhalation as long as possible. Repeat 3 times.

    Note: If you can’t hold your breath for long then instead focus on a long, slow exhalation.

Additional Video Resources & Further Tips

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.

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. After you sign up I’ll send details to your email with links to the Zoom classes. Check your junk/spam folders for notifications and then 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 click here. In these lessons, you’ll learn more about abdominal breathing, Qi movement and how to rid waste Qi. This will help you to feel more relaxed and energised.

If you are new to Qigong you’ll probably find my Ultimate Guide To Health and Wellbeing With Qigong very helpful which explains the origins and benefits of Qigong along with 10 beginner Qigong exercises to get you started.

You can click the red “subscribe” button to join my YouTube channel. That way you won’t miss any future Qigong lessons from me.

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Lesson 29 – Qigong For Trauma Release and Shock (Replay of Live Qigong Class)

Lesson 29 – Qigong For Trauma Release and Shock (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).

These classes are free and everyone is welcome. However, if you’d like to contribute as a thank you for the class click here. 50% of donations will go to the ICU staff in my local hospital in Co. Kerry. The other 50% goes towards the upkeep of this website.

Qigong For Trauma Release and Shock – Introduction

When we go into shock or suffer trauma, our body visibly shakes. In this Qigong exercise, we make use of this shaking movement to release any trauma which may have been bottled up inside the body for years. This is never a good thing as it can lead to a manifestation of physical symptoms such as shoulder, back or stomach pain. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can also be a result of trauma, shock or emotions which have not been healthily dealt with and processed by the physical body and mind.

The Qigong exercises shown in this video can help you:

1. Release old stress patterns which manifest as pain, discomfort or stiffness as a result of holding trauma and shock inside the physical body;

2. Increase your energy levels as you let go of “bracing the body” against trauma in an attempt to hold it inside;

3. Discharge any energy or emotions which are being held inside the body leading to a softening of the muscles.

Method for Using Qigong For Trauma Release and Shock

  1. Begin by taking a comfortable standing (more on Qigong stance here) or sitting position (more on seated Qigong here).
  2. Settle into your practice by relaxing your body and mind with Abdominal Breathing.
  3. Shake and twist the arms and hands, relaxing the muscles and joints as you do this.
  4. Lift the arms as you inhale, drop the arms and bend your knees as you exhale through the mouth.
  5. Hold the arms at shoulder level, shaking and twisting them in this position.
  6. Let your body move in whichever direction it leads you in order to release any tension and ease any remaining areas of tension.
  7. Perform the “Circles” exercise three times to smooth the flow of Qi in the four directions.
  8. Consolidate your practice with a few abdominal breaths, taking time to observe any changes in the state of your body and mind.

Integrating Qigong For Trauma Release and Shock Into Your Day

Perform this whole shaking Qigong routine, or only part of it, whenever you have a few minutes. This Qigong method works best if you can find a few minutes each day to practice. Little by little, day by day, you will start to observe that you feel a little more comfortable and at ease.

Please watch the following videos I made previously which may also help you release any pent up emotions:

1. Discharge Waste Qi With Vibration.

2. Qigong For Cleansing.

3. Qigong For Grief.

4. Qigong For Chest Congestion & Anxiety.

For anyone with PTSD you may want to consider NADA Ear Acupuncture treatment. More information on this is here.

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 along with how to rid waste Qi from your body order to feel more relaxed and energised.

You can also click the red “subscribe” button to join my YouTube channel. That way, you won’t miss any future Qigong lessons from me.

Website homepage.