QIGONG TO BUILD ENERGY WITH ASIS & PATRICIA
1. Full body warm-up + an exercise for the kidneys
This adaptable warm-up sequence, which can be done as a separate practice either standing or sitting, is a great way to connect to your body as oppose to your mind. Use this exercise to connect to each and every part of your body and spend some time becoming more aware of it as you are being guided through the sequence. Since every day our body feels different, this warm-up can be your resource to know your limits on every given day.
2. Taichi Qigong therapeutic sequence for energy and wellbeingThis healing sequence was created by a famous Chinese doctor Lin Hou Sheng – an expert in therapeutic Qigong. Its goal is to increase the ‘qi’ energy in the ‘dantian’ – our energy centre and spread the ‘qi’ through the whole body. Mindful movement along with the breath, helps to promote deeper abdominal breathing that affects the organs by clearing the toxins and any unhealthy emotions you may have.
3. Zhan Zhuang practice for energy, strength and resilience
Zhan Zhuang or “Standing Pole” originates in the Taoist tradition and is practiced both as part of the martial arts, as well as a way to preserve good health. This practice is great for correcting and maintaining a good posture, recharging energy and as a form of standing meditation.
Although this practice is not suitable for people with severe fatigue and those who have difficulty standing, there are ways to adapt it to suit your energy level. This technique requires some effort, but all the energy you invest turns into strength so it gets easier. The standing position is important as it connects and engages all your muscle groups, but a common adapted softer version would be doing it with the arms lower and the palms facing the ground. Also, you can keep the practice just as short as you need to, starting very gently and trying to extend it little by little.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS:
Asis Vendrell grew up in a family of Sufi Spaniards, who introduced him to a way of life centred in spirituality. When experimenting with Taoist meditation and Qigong, he discovered his vocation and dedicated himself fully to the training, thus completing a three-year course for instructors of Taoist disciplines at the renowned Wudang Shan Granada school in Spain. He obtained several black belt degrees in the disciplines of Qigong and Taichi Chuan and a Kungfu style Chang Chuan, complementing the training in both internal and external styles. In 2013, he travelled to China to learn first-hand at the legendary temples of Shaolin and Wudang Shan, and after spending years of teaching Taichi Chuan and Qigong in numerous centres across Spain, his journey brought him back to Wudang, China where he is currently learning Taoist inner Kungfu.
For more information about Asis and to connect with him, visit his Instagram profile.
Patricia Navarro received a degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Granada and developed her profession in the field of neurorehabilitation, attending to people with movement disorders and brain damage. In addition, she has been practicing martial arts such as Taichi and Kungfu for years, completing a course as an instructor at the Wudang Shan school in Granada, Spain, where she got a black belt in the Qigong discipline. She currently works as a Qigong instructor and as an occupational therapist in various health centres in Spain.