Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Tai Chi is a set of movements based on marshal arts. It is designed to give people templates or drills for applications. It trains the body to follow certain routine movements to deal with certain situation. The essence of Tai Chi vs. other type of hard marshal arts is that it suggests people not to attack first. But once defending action is taken, act fast and smart by using internal power (Qi). Centering and rooting are the two things we practice to accumulate the Qi.
Once the Qi is accumulated, it can be used to strengthen ourselves, to improve energy level, and to release pain. It is a natural and effective way of healing.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Heng-and-Ha practice was kept as a secret in Chen’s family. They did this practice in the middle of the night when they believed it was the best time to boost up the Qi. Those of you who had experience of Heng-and-Ha with me in Tai Chi class may recall the strong feeling after a short practice.
Heng-and-Ha is a key step in practicing pre-birth Qi(先天气)which is also known as Dan-Tian-Qi(丹田气), Nei-Qi(内气), or Zhen-Qi(真气). When say Heng, we inhale while the lower abdomen going inward. When say Ha, we exhale while the lower abdomen going outward. It is helpful to practice with movements. One should be relaxed and follow the body's natural way of breathing when first start practicing this type of QiGong. It takes time to train the body, and one should not rush.
This practice is not for beginners, and it is not for those who have pre-conditions of health concerns.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Honey is also good for skin when used externally. It helps the wound to heal, and it prevents the sun and wind damage from out door activities. It is especially good for dry skin. Here is a facial recipe that I have put together for myself. I would like to share it with you.
½ teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon BarlyLife®
1 teaspoon milk
Mix well and apply to clean face, let it stay for 1 hour
Use wet fingers to massage in circular motion
Wash off and apply lotion
If you have some house chores to do, put on this facial, turn on your favorite music; while the house chores are done, your facial is done. It doesn't cost a dime and it’s all natural!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
If we observe closely, we might notice that virus infection usually has fever, while cleansing process doesn't. If you started a program to improve your health, very likely you might experience some sort of cleansing process. The symptoms usually start from your weak link of the body.
It is important to manage the cleansing process with plenty of rest, light food, alkaline water, hot bath and moderate outdoor exercise.
Feel free to call Nan for a free health consultation.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Dr. Otto Warburg won Nobel Prize in 1931 for proving cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen respiration in cells. He said “the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements”.
While low level of oxygen in cells may be caused by different reasons, we can always find a simple solution to address them all—Tai Chi and QiGong.
It is my personal experience in practicing Tai Chi and QiGong that the level of energy and health improvement is beyond anything else I did. Because this practice can effectively provide cells with basic needs—oxygen.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Like the movements of Tai Chi Chuan, Push Hands is also a kind of template or drills to facilitate the practitioners in daily exercise. Over the years, people summarized different kinds of techniques into a set of routine drills. Each drill can be used individually for two people to practice together.
During push hands practice, two people keep their hands touched and feel about each other's power and intention; and use different techniques to neutralize the opposite power. It looks like combating in a peaceful way.
Nan will soon start teaching push hands at Langley Park Community Center. Please contact the Center directly for class details.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The ancient people believed that we all have original Qi stored at DanTian area (lower abdomen) at birth. When we grow up to 25 or so, the natural Qi comes to it’s peak and starts to decline. By practicing QiGong we are able to halt or slowdown this aging process.
There are thousands of QiGong styles in China. Not all are safe to practice. Most need close guidance when practicing. Tai Chi QiGong is one of the few styles that are safe to practice following the basic instructions.
QiGong practice is an important part of all my Tai Chi classes. Or we can say, without QiGong, Tai Chi is not really Tai Chi. QiGong is the core of this internal exercise.
I suggest practicing QiGong 3 times a day—in the morning, in the evening, and during the day, 20 minutes each time. It’s not a day’s work. It takes years of practice to regain this life energy.
Come to Nan’s classes for personal instructions.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Through practicing QiGong (breathing exercise), we can make the breathing slower and deeper. As a result, we will be able to bring much more oxygen into our blood stream, down to each cell.
When first start practicing, follow your body’s natural capacity, or natural breathing. Then focus on DanTian (lower abdomen) breathing. Three times a day, 5-20 minutes each time. This is to get your body prepared for the next step.
Then you may start to practice holding the breath. Inhale–hold–exhale. Hold for 2-4 seconds. It has to be gentle. Don’t force it.
Before you practicing, I suggest you measure the number of breath per minute (count inhale and exhale as one). Most people count 6–8 per minute. Measure again after 6 months of practice. You may be surprised how much you can improve after practicing QiGong.
For personal instructions, come to Nan’s Tai Chi classes at Long Branch Community Center (Thursday evenings) and Langley Park Community Center (Saturday mornings).
Friday, September 19, 2008
pH (potential of Hydrogen) has a measurement scale of 0-14. Above 7.0 is alkaline and below 7.0 is acidic. Most fruit and vegetables are alkaline and meats are acidic. Stress and sadness acidify the body. When the body environment becomes acidic, we get sick.
How to keep our body environment alkaline? Here are a few steps to follow:
1. Be happy (Sad tears are toxic)
2. Eat alkaline food as much as possible
3. Drink alkaline juice: BarleyLife® and LeafGreens®
4. Drink alkaline water: ABOVA® ORP Water
5. Do Tai Chi and QiGong every day
Ask Nan for a free health consultation.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Hospital pureed food looks so nice, and it is easy to take. However, the patients are not fully assimilating the nutrients because chewing is missing. The enzymes in the saliva are not well mixed with the food. Some data says, we produce a liter or more of saliva every day. We need to bring out it’s full benefit to our digestion system.
We spend a lot of money buying food, and spend a lot of time cooking. But we often forget to spend time chewing the food. Chewing is where good health begins.
Ask Nan about PrepZymes® if you have digestive concerns.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Do you know we have many fighters in our body. They are called phagocytes. They eat foreign things, such as bacteria, virus, or dead cells. When they are active, our body is clean, we feel clear-minded and energetic. When they are not active, we feel drowsy, cloudy-headed, and tired.
How do we keep the phagocytes active? Phagocytes are like little babies. When they are not hungry, they don’t like to eat. Some Chinese cancer researchers made experiments and found out, when we feel hungry, that’s the time when the phagocytes are active.
Now we understand why the old saying goes like, do not eat too full, eat 70-80% is good for our health. Let’s give it a try and help our body to fight effectively.
Monday, August 25, 2008
In Chinese medicine, a day is divided into 12 time units. During each time unit a specific organ comes to its peak function. Around midnight is the time that liver comes to its peak function. What does liver do? It is the manufacturer of blood.
The Chinese medicine believes that if a person's total blood level is low, the person is in poor health. Unfortunately, there is no modern equipment that can measure the total quantity of our blood level. We can check the color of lip and finger nails as indicators. If the color is pail, it means the blood level is not good. When the blood level is low, you will feel tired, have no energy doing things, and you are vulnerable to many chronic ailments.
Best time to sleep is not later then 10:00-11:00 pm. Do the following before you go to bed.
5 minutes patting along arms, neck, shoulders, and legs
1 minute dry wash face
1 minute comb hair with fingers
10 minutes QiGong in bed
Give it a try and let me know if you start to feel better.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
A large number of the general public are living a busy life style. From school kids to retirees, from executives to full time moms. Busy schedules are made even during weekends and vacation time. If we can deposit our energy to a bank, many of us might get warnings for insufficient energy in our account. We are facing a serious problem of energy overdrawn.
A typical symptom of energy overdrawn is over-stress. Many common illness are related to stress. Allergy, cold, aches and pains, back problems, sleeping problems, you name it. It can lead to degenerative illness or more serious life threatening problems. But don't get scared. There is hope.
Tai Chi is a powerful solution to regain energy. It reduces the stress and strengthens the body at the same time. Combine Tai Chi with QiGong and practice on a daily basis. Start your practice today.
- Tai Chi every day
- QiGong 3 times a day
- BarleyLife® 1 or 2 times a day
- HerbleFiberblend® 1 time a day
- Sleep not later then 11:00 pm
Call Nan for a free consultation: (301)947-4090
Friday, August 22, 2008
1 medium live carp (or other fresh water fish)
1/2 pound of lean beef (tendon is good)
1 pig foot (or pig ear)
50 grams of hawthorn fruit
10 Chinese red dates
Combine above in a deep pot, add water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 6 hours. Season lightly to taste. Add lemon, vinegar, or vegitable of your choice. Serve soup for dinner. Not to each the solid meat. It's nutritious, and it doesn't build up toxins in the digestive system. Give it a try and let me know how you like it.
Have a good day!