If you have been hanging out in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) community…heck, any natural medicine community, you may have heard of this certain energy called Qi (pronounced chee) energy. When I go and see my acupuncturist she is always making mention of this illusive, if not altogether magical Qi energy. So, I thought I would do a bit of research so I could pass on exactly what this Qi energy is all about.
What is Qi Energy, anyhow?
In the simplest of terms, Qi is the life energy found in all living things. It is swirling within you at this very moment. It gives us life and circulates through channels called meridians. However, sometimes things don’t always go as nice and easy as they should. Sometimes your Qi energy gets blocked up and constricted by various forces. When this happens, we find ourselves with sickness, disease, or distress.
What does acupuncture have to do with Qi Energy?
Well, grasshopper, acupuncture has everything to do with Qi energy. Acupuncturists, like Mari, use their wee tiny needles to get your Qi moving freely again. They do this by placing them in those key channels, or meridians we were just talking about.
Are there exercises or practices to grow and free my Qi Energy?
Yes there are. In fact, your Qi can also be thought of as Prana, or life breath. Every pranayama exercise you do in your lovely yoga class is moving and expanding your Qi. One I especially like is to lay on your back and close your eyes. When you breathe in, feel your breath travelling up one side of your body from your right foot, up your leg to the tip top of your head. When you exhale feel in travelling down the left side of your body right out through your left leg and foot. Try it a couple of times, then reverse the direction. You will be amazed that your can really feel your breath travelling through your body. That, my friend, is your Qi. You can send your breath, or Qi energy to any part of your body. Try it…it can be a lot of fun….and very stimulating.