Home Sweet Home: November 2010 Update
Giving Thanks For 2010
What an incredible year it’s been! With Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong workshops and other Qigong wellness programs for men and women taking me around the world, life has been one extended adventure. I love traveling and learning about new cultures, though being on the road for 10 1/2 months does get a little wearying after the umpteenth scan at TSA. Most times I count my blessings to be invited to bring this “medicine-less medicine” to those seeking simple, practical, empowered approaches to self-care.
Thank you to you, my friends and students across the US, and in Canada, Australia, Nederlands, Austria, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Thailand, China, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, Afghanistan and Somalia…I have been privileged to share Qigong and friendship with you this year – whether in a workshop setting, at our octagon classroom on Kaua’i, on one of our China or Thailand Qigong study trips, or on an airplane to my next destination. Regardless of how, why or where we met, I trust that the seeds of Qigong continue to inspire you to new depths of self-understanding and improved health as you practice and “play” this ancient Chinese healing exercise.
Coming to a Home Theatre Near You!
Some of you I’ve had the privilege of teaching in person, but not everyone can join me in a workshop setting which is why I chose to take Qigong on the road. For those still unable to come to a program when I’m in your city or country, the best way to learn is still to purchase one of our 4 DVD’s, 3 of which have won the top instructional media awards from both Telly and AEGIS, the highest standards in instructional media.
The awards attest to the production quality and ease of instruction of the DVD’s I shot with my friend and teaching partner, Francesco Garripoli. Thanks to Gaiam, we had a professional multi-camera setup, proper lighting, an experienced DOP and crew…even a crane for those long, languid shots! I think my masters in China would be proud to see their work represented this way.
If you’d like to order copies and give the gift of health to your loved ones this holiday season, you’ll be happy to know that these DVDs and other product proceeds fund our educational non-profit Kahuna Valley, supporting our educational youth programs on Kaua’i. Thank you in advance for your kind support of our work.
How to use our DVD’s
Regardless of which program you choose, each DVD has the potential to transform personal health if used on a daily basis. You should know that it’s not so important that you do a full 40 or 60 minutes of Qigong each day. In fact, limit your workout to 3 minutes a day at the beginning and your mind will do a 360 and want more!
The fact is, many people, especially women with young families or elders living at home simply can’t find that hour to care for themselves when their minds are focused on the needs of their loved ones. So begin slowly but daily – consistency is the key – even if it means taking 3 minutes a day to do conscious, deep, slow, gentle breathing while you’re still in bed!
Teacher Trainings for Men and Women
While globetrotting around the world to share Qigong, I found the most popularly requested program, Qigong for Cleansing, was having the greatest effect on students across the board. This easy 10-minute routine cleans and clears the ‘wei qi‘ field around the immediate body, while helping to detox internal organs and improve immune health. Many students report improved energy levels, being able to get off anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications if they were on them, improved focus, skin elasticity, mental and emotional balance, better elimination, gentle weight loss for those who were overweight, and a general sense of peaceful well-being. That’s a lot of benefit for a 10-minute practice!
With such a positive response, Francesco and I have been repeatedly asked to certify instructors to teach this form. Though we had intended to do this earlier, both of us already had such extensive travel schedules that we had difficulty making the time to come together to plan the certification. We are in the throes of creating our first Qigong for Cleansing teacher certification program that will empower qualified instructors to share this form with their students. Dates and details will be forthcoming. If you are interested, contact us and let us know you’d like to be put on the mailing list for further information. The certification is planned for spring and/or fall 2011, depending on the number of people ready to commit to the program.
In the future, we will do the same for our Wuji Hundun Qigong that includes Master Duan Zhi Liang’s 18 Healing Movements and Master Wan Su Jian’s, Bagua Xun Dao Gong (Flying Phoenix, Dragon Pearl).
Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong Programs
In the meantime, interest and support for my women-only teacher trainings in Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong has continued to gather momentum. So far, 20 women in 7 states and 2 countries have undergone the certification process, of which 10 are currently actively teaching the RLWQ program. The other half are using RLWQ for their own health benefits and sharing parts of the program they enjoy with family or friends.
As more and more women seek healthy, empowering options to maintain or regain their health, RLWQ will continue to expand and grow. It is my hope that there will be enough teachers to support women in this self-healing process around the globe. If you have a desire to share these easy, fun and effective Qigong techniques with the women in your community, please contact me for details on the 2011 teacher certifications below. There has been interest expressed in Australia and Europe, and I will let you know if there is sufficient support to make that happen.
Scheduled 2011 RLWQ Teacher Trainings
Toronto, CANADA (Jan. 22-28) - to inquire or register email me
Arenal, COSTA RICA (Feb. 18-25) - contact Helena Buell to register and for accommodation support at Lake Arenal
Washington, DC, USA (June 2011) - registration details TBA
This 7-day, 50-hour program is being used as a personal healing retreat by some, while others are intending to become certified instructors. *Note: Women who wish to become certified RLWQ instructors need to have previous Qigong teaching experience and must pass a written and practical exam on the final day of our week together. Those coming to learn for their personal health and healing do not have to take the exam or do a class presentation.
Simple Qigong to Increase Your NK Cells
The Tapping sequence in our Qigong for Stress Relief DVD and likewise, the “Shaking and Cupping Routine” at the start of the Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong program helps to release blocked energy from the body’s tissues and invigorates NK cells (Natural Killer cells) to wake up and do their work. NK cells are produced from the thymus gland and are at the front lines of the body’s immune system.
This gland is found behind the breast plate in the center of the chest. When we’re young, the gland is about the size of a fist, but due to stress, poor eating habits and/or lack of physical exercise, the gland can get “lazy” from lack of stimulation and shrink over time, causing immune compromise and ill health. By the time you’re in your 40′s, the gland can even become as small as a pea without regular tapping or thumping!
3 Minutes a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Do this simple 3-minute routine every day. Close your hand into a relaxed fist and tap the breast plate between the breasts, invigorating the body’s defenses and reminding the NK cells to wake up and rise to their potential!
1st Minute: after you drink a full glass of filtered water upon rising, tap the thymus gland for 1 minute. The water hydrates the body and facilitates qi movement, supporting elimination of toxins that have accumulated overnight while the tapping stimulates NK cell activity and alertness.
2nd Minute: Drink another full glass of water and tap another minute in the afternoon to brighten your energy during the day when most people are prone to sluggishness.
3rd Minute: On your way home or at home, drink another full glass of clean water and tap another minute before making dinner to regain energy and immunity before you spend time with your loved ones. Better yet, do it with them!
If this is the least you do of Qigong every day, it’s a good beginning and you should congratulate yourself on finding the 3 minutes you didn’t think you had in your busy day!
Stay in Touch: Become a Facebook Friend
The best way to stay in touch with me is via Facebook. I know, I know…not everyone’s cup of tea as some find it invasive and too open a network for their communications to be comfortable. However, there is a privacy setting that you can click on so the whole world doesn’t know your every thought, plus you don’t have to write anything if you don’t want. Just check in now and then and if I’m in your area, it would be great to play Qigong together.
I also found that FB is great for uploading my photo albums as the interface is so easy and quick to use when I’m on the road. You can also be a part of my Radiant Lotus Qigong Group page to learn about upcoming workshops and events by “friending” me there also. *Note: please write a short note so I know you’re a Qigong friend.
Facebook is a great social network to share ideas and tips with those who have a common interest (Qigong!) and to connect with people from other parts of the world who may teach or practice a different style. For me, it is still one of the best ways for my family and friends to stay in touch with what I do and where I am in the world, especially with the “wandering taoist” lifestyle I’ve been leading for the last few years. My beautiful friend Mary says her daughter Tia wants to invent a game called, “Where in the world is Daisy Lee?” as she is always guessing what country my suitcases are going to land in!
In closing, I want to wish you my heartfelt gratitude for the warm welcome extended to me wherever I’ve traveled this past year. My hosts and students soon become friends and part of my long-lost “Qi Family”. The more I travel, the more I feel that we are all connected through this intangible thread of Qi. Perhaps if Einstein were alive today, he would prove that Qi = Life Force = Love x Infinity!
As we work and play together to bring this profound 5,000-year old healing art to the forefront of western minds, it is my hope that people will learn to embrace their own healing potential and know in their heart-of-hearts that they can make a difference to themselves and those they love and support.
Thank you for playing Qigong with me, whether in person or through our DVD’s…I look forward to sharing more tips and insights with you next week and will be writing more regularly thanks to my dear computer genius friend, Kirk Vandenberghe, who has helped me understand the WordPress upgrades and how easy it is to update my blog now.
Warmest Aloha and a Qi-Filled Thanksgiving Week to You and Your Loved Ones,