Qigong exercises can be a complex subject for many people. On the basic level, it works with the mind, body and breath. Qigong exercises stimulate and circulate qi all over the body. It clears stagnation and blockages of qi, allowing the energy to freely circulate to promote good health and healing.
One of the basics when understanding qigong exercises is to learn the three regulations for proper Qigong training. The Three Regulations include mind regulation, body regulation and breath regulation. The Mind is the mental aspect; the Body is the physical aspect while the Breath is the connection between the two.
Three Regulations of Qigong Exercises
Physical Regulation is important for mental and breathing regulation. Regulating our physical aspect means conscious regulation of the posture. It is essential to consciously and strictly regulate the posture and shape. Once you practice Qigong exercises, you need to learn more about body awareness. To have more body awareness, you have to be mindful on your posture and movements. Make sure they’re proper because improper posture has an adverse effect on the health and body. Correct posture supports full use of the body and the optimal circulation of blood and Qi.
In order to regulate the mind, it requires sensory activation and moment awareness. Some qigong exercises may need more mental concentration beyond the usual mindfulness but being aware of what you’re doing when practicing is vital. When you practice, consistently return your mind to the present and feel the physical sensations inside your body and from the surroundings. Avoid daydreaming or being tuned out.
As you practice, be consciously aware of your breathing. Also, it is important that the breathing must be natural and relaxed, not strained or forced. Some qigong exercises even require synchronization of physical movements with breathing. Natural breathing is among the fundamental methods for cultivating Qi and for strengthening the body. Improper breathing promotes stagnation and tension while correct breathing creates relaxation, harmony and vitality.
In general, these three regulations are interdependent, complemented and interacted. They should be integrated when practicing Qigong exercises. During ordinary days, you may experience disharmony of the three. This keeps your body and energy from performing well.
Through Qigong exercises, you will learn how to harmonize these aspects, allowing the body to function more effectively and is one of the things for improving your health. With consistent practice, such harmony can be carried on your daily life or during times when you’re not practicing Qigong.
The first level – the physical regulation, consists of the basic, keeping proper posture, natural breathing and relaxed body. The next level requires calming the mind. The last level involves correct breathing. Once you achieve a good grounding on relaxation and proper breathing, it will be easier for you to master the two regulations of Qigong exercises.
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