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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12: Short Routine: Immune Support Boost
Short Routine: Immune Support Boost
13: Short Routine: Immune Defense Boost
Short Routine: Immune Defense Boost
14: Short Routine: Six Healing Sounds
Short Routine: Six Healing Sounds
15: Short Routine: Stress & Anxiety Relief
Short Routine: Stress & Anxiety Relief
16: Short Routine: Happy Lungs
Short Routine: Happy Lungs
17: Short Routine: Happy Kidneys
Short Routine: Happy Kidneys
18: Short Routine: Happy Liver
Short Routine: Happy Liver
19: Short Routine: Happy Heart
Short Routine: Happy Heart
20: Short Routine: Happy Spleen & Stomach
Short Routine: Happy Spleen & Stomach