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Qigong Flow for Health and Happiness

Go with the flow! Move more mindfully through your life with 11 routines that bring together the ancient traditions of yoga and qigong.

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Qigong Flow for Health and Happiness is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 17.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Title helps focus the procedures I have now completed 3 sessions and have enjoyed them immensely.
Date published: 2022-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is not a theoretical course. It provides over nine hours of physical routines which blend the principles of yoga and Qigong. Marisa Cranfill moves with exquisite grace in beautiful natural settings, accompanied by calming, unobtrusive music and a soothing voice-over providing instructions and explanations. Merely watching had a therapeutic effect on me, and I soon felt drawn to participate. The focus is on the stimulation of life force energy (Qi) flowing through meridians (pathways) to the major organs: lungs, heart, liver, spleen and stomach. Those who are not accustomed to energy work may be skeptical about the concept of looking into the lungs with their eyes closed, or smiling at their liver. I would encourage everyone to suspend judgement and see what happens. Transformation may take a while. I have been working these practices for about a month and am finding them enjoyable, soothing, and stimulating. I almost always notice a decrease in my chronic aches pains during a session. I am not able to stand up for long, so I do much of the work while seated, and take breaks when necessary. There are some things I cannot do now, but I am hopeful. I have an ongoing problem with clockwise and counterclockwise, because the instructor and I are facing each other, but I am gradually figuring it out. I am happy to own this course. It has exceeded my expectations.
Date published: 2022-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not received the DVD yet. (New Zealand is a long way away). When playing from your web site, was a bit jerky, (depends on how many people are using the net). What I have looked at seems to be just what I wanted.
Date published: 2022-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Qigong as Traditional Medicine OBSERVATIONS No guidebook, external resources, history of development. Just "unconditional love" manifested as simple aerobic workout movements, that stretch and strengthen, and probably help endurance in a non-intense way. Qigong in Chinese literally means "energy work", and the English idiom is "workout". Qigong categories also include Tai Chi and martial arts workouts. However, for this offering, the workout target is exclusively physical and mental health. There are 11 basic long workouts first, and 9 "short" versions of some workouts. The first 11 should be viewed first, because longer explanations about the "sounds" and "patting and message" (self Chiropractory) are carried into later workouts. The "Qigong Flow" workouts are each named for the human body internal systems, or body functions, that the exercise will keep healthy and help heal according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This requires explanation, because current Western medicine is more reactive, not proactive. The Chinese TCM system of "foot doctors" may have begun with Hua Tuo around 200 CE in the Han Dynasty (look him up on Wikipedia). Starting in China 2000 years ago, medical practice required specific Qigong workouts for proactive and reactive health balance. Today, "Integrative Medicine" aware physicians (note the Mayo Clinic offering from TGC and Wondrium) would be aware of the necessity and priority of exercise in general, and Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga specifically. Always consider that anaerobic "intensity minutes" (like, you must sweat) are also very important to optimal workout regimens (see Ormsbee's fantastic offering from TGC or Wondrium to look at the research). But aerobics like Qigong, Tai Chi, and Yoga are great cross-training, for any running, hiking, biking, or other sweaty regimen. Also, the aerobic workouts are great maintainers if the anaerobic don't fit in your short-term schedule or physical condition. TGC/ Wondrium has other helpful resource offerings, including: * "Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong" by David-Dorian Ross, is a great resource with references; Chapter 7 "Energy Exercise—A Branch of Chinese Medicine" summarizes the Qi and "12 meridians" ideas. "Yin" and "Yang" ideas are also explained in more depth. * "Integrative Medicine" by Mayo Clinic discusses aspects, methods, benefits, and efficacy studies of TCM, and also Chiropractory (message and patting). PROs * The style, verbiage, sights and sounds are "unconditionally encouraging", always smiling. How wonderfully therapeutic! Indeed, the best description is body and mind full length therapy sessions. * I am among the reviews that found the music, Marisa Cranfill's instruction, various speakers, as well as the attractive backgrounds, of great benefit. * David-Dorian Ross in his various Tai Chi and Qigong offerings, and Marisa Cranfill here, are both very worthwhile TGC or Wondrium offerings. Cranfill on the less demanding and Chinese Traditional Medicine, and Ross on the more complete long form, historic, and referenced side. Both are engaging and useful. * Included are message and patting essentials, and "healing sounds". Hard to find these introductions elsewhere. * "Dance of Five Animals", "Eight Piece Brocade", Tai Chi, and similar traditional combined workouts are present in "Qigong Flow" as targeted physical partial pieces shown as "Integrative Medicine"; so many of the moves are presented but repackaged as anatomically targeted health maintenance and restoration. * References from Mayo's "Integrative Medicine" refer to ongoing studies that show the benefit of TCM. What is really hard to prove is the Qi flow and 12 meridians theory, and the physicality of the "yin" and "yang". So, although Mayo states that Qigong exercises, chiropractory, and acupuncture seem to be of benefit, no one really knows why beyond mystic conjecture. I guess 2000 years of traditional practitioner anecdotes about outcomes must suffice. CONs * Even the "short" workouts are 15-30 minutes, far to long for a 5 minute "get up and move" break; and compared to under 5-minute Tai Chi forms, standard Qigong "Dance of the Five Animals" or "Eight Piece Brocade", the time factor is a serious problem. * My wife and I have observed that it is difficult to watch Marisa and "feel all the Qi", eyes closed, at the same time. Give it a couple viewings where you can just do the moves a bit from memory, eyes closed, for the Qi tingles to resonate. * My wife still insists that I'm mispronouncing "SSSSSSSSSSSSSS" (Level the Liver Qi "Healing Sound"). But seriously, if you look up "Liu Zi Jue" on Wikipedia, the exact oral physicality is more extensive than presented. Again, I humbly wish there was a guidebook that detailed exactly what to do, in the manner links from the Wikipedia would point out.
Date published: 2022-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Perspectives Because I am a Tai Chi-Qigong Practitioner, I purchased this video out of academic curiosity. Not disappointed. Different aspects to discover.
Date published: 2022-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great workouts I bought this a few weeks ago and have only used the 1st two disks so far but found them to be enjoyable and with the 35 minutes for most of the workouts the timeseems to fly by.
Date published: 2022-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks for Mirror Imaging This is the best course that I have bought to date. I like dance , movement and exercise videos and most are hard to follow. As a former dance instructor and current Qigong teacher I appreciate the teacher here facing me and using the opposite arm or leg to instruct so I can mirror image her instead of moving right when she appears to move left. At times she turns around so we can follow from behind. Moreover I love the outdoor settings used and her repetition so we can learn the move. This video is a winner,
Date published: 2022-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Excellent instruction ruined by electronic sounds Brilliant beautiful teaching totally ruined by changing out-of-sync electronic sounds. Ideally, qigong should be practiced in silence. OR if you want to add music it should be coherent real music that does not keep changing with the change of the movements.
Date published: 2022-01-27
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Overview

Combine qigong and yoga, and you get YoQi: a way to cultivate your energy through a continuous stream of body-based movements punctuated by moments of stillness and meditation. In the 11 episodes of Qigong Flow for Health and Happiness, learn to use these flowing movements to release stress and fear, to clear negative beliefs and thoughts, and to tap into the present moment.

About

Marisa Cranfill

Through the training practice, you’re going to be able to develop your willpower, your stamina.

Marisa Cranfill is the founder and director of YOQI Yoga+Qigong. While living in China and Thailand for more than 15 years, she received direct transmission from qigong masters, nuns, and healers in the Buddhist, Daoist, and Thai shamanic traditions. Their guidance and blessings to teach became the catalyst for her to develop the YOQI method based on the Six Phases of Qi Flow. Marisa’s greatest joy is to help people cultivate their life-force energy to live long, healthy, and radiant lives. She is popularly known for her YOQI Yoga+Qigong YouTube channel and extensive yoqi.tv video-on-demand library, offering beautiful follow-along routines that are accessible to all ages.

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Qigong Flow for Health and Happiness
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Qigong Flow for Health and Happiness

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Immune Support Boost

01: Immune Support Boost

Tap into the power of qigong to enhance your vitality and life force energy, thereby boosting the strength of your immune system. This routine focuses on supporting your immune system. Techniques you’ll practice here include smiling energy, drawing water to nourish the essence, gathering the spirit, and bone breathing.

40 min
Immune Defense Boost

02: Immune Defense Boost

In the second immune-related routine to boost your immune system using qigong flow, focus on ways to defend your immune system from various pathogens, including mold, as well as “external pathogens” like heat and dampness. Techniques you’ll practice here include knocking on the door of life, tapping your yin tang point in your mid-eye center, and more.

38 min
Body Patting

03: Body Patting

Develop the helpful skills to strengthen your guardian energy using a specific technique known as Body Patting. This ancient form of self-massage, which you can perform any time of day in a warm and comfortable place, improves blood circulation and strengthens your defense qi: a protective shield of energy that supports your muscles, tissue, fascia, and skin.

13 min
Embrace the Tree

04: Embrace the Tree

Continue learning how to boost your guardian energy with help from another invigorating technique known as Embrace Tree. This ancient form of self-massage improves blood circulation. It’s a standing meditation that may actually be one of the most challenging practices—but through this exercise, you’ll be able to better develop your willpower and boost your protective energy.

20 min
Six Healing Sounds

05: Six Healing Sounds

The Six Healing Sounds method, a series of specific vibrations that help transform negative emotions into positive virtues, dates to the 4th century AD, and comes with many applications and interpretations. Here, explore the classic postures, sounds, and visualizations designed to regulate the qi flow through the five yin organs and triple warmer and to create long-lasting transformation.

33 min
Stress & Anxiety Relief

06: Stress & Anxiety Relief

Empower yourself to transform stress and anxiety back into vitality when you need it the most. You’ll learn how to use special sound vibrations and breathing with tension-and-release exercises to clear pent-up emotional stress on both your physical and energetic levels. Conclude with gentle, flowing movements to reharmonize your nervous system to a state of relaxation and inner peace.

42 min
Happy Lungs

07: Happy Lungs

Inspired by the Chinese spirit animal of the lungs, the tiger, this flow uses invigorating warmups, healing sounds, and flows that target the lung meridian to access your internal power. With this routine, you can help increase your energy, prevent seasonal allergies, boost your immune system, transform sadness into courage, get inspired, and tune in to what matters most: the present moment.

38 min
Happy Kidneys

08: Happy Kidneys

Here, learn how to best balance and nourish your kidneys and bladder. This routine uses the qigong principles of dynamic relaxation and effortless flow to embody the water element, thereby promoting deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Choose this routine to promote longevity, to charge your internal batteries; and to transform stress, fatigue, fear, or shock.

34 min
Happy Liver

09: Happy Liver

Enjoy a complete qigong flow routine designed to support your liver and gallbladder. Employing a style of qigong called the Swimming Dragon, you’ll use joint spirals and twists to release tension, detoxify your liver, nourish your tendons, and get the qi flowing. This routine offers you new perspectives on how to support liver health, transform frustration, and put your creative vision into action.

38 min
Happy Heart

10: Happy Heart

Looking to promote healthy blood circulation and healing energy? Look no further than this routine. Begin with movements that open the heart and ignite the fire element to detoxify emotions and excess heat, and to activate your internal love engine. Follow up with movements that focus on cultivating internal alchemy and ultimately invoking your sense of compassion and wisdom.

38 min
Happy Spleen & Stomach

11: Happy Spleen & Stomach

Purge and fortify your spleen, pancreas, and stomach using specific qigong movements that cultivate centering and grounding. The flows in this routine focus on balancing yin and yang, connecting to the three forces (heaven, earth, and human), and using energy-ball techniques to fortify your lower energy center. With this routine, you can promote healthy digestion, clear your mind, and more.

37 min
Short Routine: Immune Support Boost

12: Short Routine: Immune Support Boost

Short Routine: Immune Support Boost

28 min
Short Routine: Immune Defense Boost

13: Short Routine: Immune Defense Boost

Short Routine: Immune Defense Boost

28 min
Short Routine: Six Healing Sounds

14: Short Routine: Six Healing Sounds

Short Routine: Six Healing Sounds

23 min
Short Routine: Stress & Anxiety Relief

15: Short Routine: Stress & Anxiety Relief

Short Routine: Stress & Anxiety Relief

27 min
Short Routine: Happy Lungs

16: Short Routine: Happy Lungs

Short Routine: Happy Lungs

19 min
Short Routine: Happy Kidneys

17: Short Routine: Happy Kidneys

Short Routine: Happy Kidneys

16 min
Short Routine: Happy Liver

18: Short Routine: Happy Liver

Short Routine: Happy Liver

23 min
Short Routine: Happy Heart

19: Short Routine: Happy Heart

Short Routine: Happy Heart

17 min
Short Routine: Happy Spleen & Stomach

20: Short Routine: Happy Spleen & Stomach

Short Routine: Happy Spleen & Stomach

16 min