Lesson 77 – Qigong Springtime Stretching and Healing Sound For Liver (Replay of Live Zoom Class)

Lesson 77 – Qigong Springtime Stretching and Healing Sound For Liver (Replay of Live Zoom Class)

This video shows you some Qigong Springtime stretching and healing sound for Liver which is associated with the month of Spring. 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 Springtime Stretching and Healing Sound For Liver – Introduction

In the northern hemisphere we are well and truly into Springtime which is the time when nature emerges from winter hibernation and resting and begins to grown and literally “Spring” into action. This is also the time of year when we humans begin to feel more active too. As the weather improves we are more inclined to be more active.

[If you live in the southern hemisphere and are currently moving into autumn then you can still practice this routine but you might also want to try this one for the Lung system, the organ system associated with autumn.]

In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Springtime is the associated season of the Liver system. If our Liver Qi is out of balance at this time then it will be apparent in the season of Spring, more than any other.

Our Liver system is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi and Blood (and emotions). Symptoms of imbalance in our Liver system include:

  • Neck and shoulder tension;
  • Muscle cramps;
  • Headaches and migraines;
  • One sided aches, pains and symptoms
  • Anger and frustration (the associated emotions of Liver).

The good news is that Qigong practice can help you transition smoothly from Winter into Springtime. In the video lesson on this page you can follow along with some simple beginner Qigong exercises to:

  1. Gently stretch the back, front and sides of your body to encourage the smooth flow of Qi.
  2. Use one of the Six Healing Sounds to help discharge (get rid of) waste or sick Qi from the body.

Qigong Springtime Stretching and Healing Sound For Liver – Method

  1. Adopt a Qigong Standing Posture.

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

  3. Gentle stretches for the back, front and sides of the body.

    Perform chest opening, upper back stretching and trapezius stretches.
    Twist and reach with your hands using the “Polishing the Table Top” movement to stimulate Qi flow through your Liver channel.
    Vibrate your body using the knees as springs and turning in the hips to stimulate Qi flow through your waist area.

  4. Healing Sound For the Liver (Xu).

  5. Consolidate your practice with a few abdominal breaths.

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 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.

Click here to join our Qigong group on Facebook.

Website homepage.

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.

Please don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking the red “Subscribe” button if you head over to YouTube. That way you won’t my regular videos which are full of useful health enhancing tips. These videos will help you to benefit your health and prevent illness from arising in the first place. Also please give this video a “Like” if you found it informative.

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.

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