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The Tortoise and the Hare

Updated: May 31, 2023

We have all heard the Aesop's fable of the tortoise and the hare and know who won the race.

So why do we all live at such a fast pace, or not take time to understand what effects us and try something different instead of keeping pressing pause, and replay, sometimes all we need to do is press stop and change the program?

Qi gong has been around for over 5000 years in eastern medicine and is an holistic practice to provide overall health and vitality. Chinese philosophy is based around yin and yang, which is basically a balance that we all need, like night and day, hot and cold, earth and the universe.

Whilst the practice does offer yang type movements, invigorating exercises to elevate the heart, it also incorporates slow yin movements to balance and also offers dynamic stretches which is a combination of a static stretch with slow movements whilst in the stretch, as we do not force any stretch postures we relax into them.

The overall benifit, is better posture, improves strength and flexibility, improves our bodies fascia to become more subtle and able to stretch and return (like an elastic band), combating two much yang type movement activities, over stretching and the natural effects of ageing. Helps with Joint mobilisation to improve conditions such as carpel tunnel, arthritis and many more.

The yin slow movements have the most important benefit to the routine, as it allows us to enter what we call the flow state when be become fully relaxed, the flow state improves our body circulation of fluids and energy to nourish all the cells, soft tissues, including ligaments and tendons.

Basically the more controlled and slower the movements the increased energy flow can be felt which is a beautiful feeling to get in touch with our internal life force energy and with practice you can focus and send the energy to parts of the body to help heal.

We call this internal energy Qi the animating power, even when we are not moving our bodies are still in movement internally, we can learn to focus and use our internal Qi to help tonify and strengthen and become more flexible with movement using slow flows. In essence the slow flows allow us to become at our maximum efficiency with effortless ease, as we are training to be more effortless so life becomes more effortless, using too much unnecessary muscle contraction constantly just causes increased tension and tightness and stress in our bodies.

With continued practice our health improve as the bodies internal systems get an upgrade such as the cardiovascular system, Immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system. And not going too much in depth here with Chinese Traditional Medicine, but when our organs are in balance and working as they should, we also benefit by having better emotional balance and a calmer approach to life, with increased confidence more inspiration for our lives and a clearer calmer mind with better concentration and focus, thus heightening our vibration to bring us joy, peace and abundance.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and that it has given an insight to encourage you to try our version Mind Body Flo Qi Gong and feel the difference for yourself.

May your mind body & flo be in perfect harmony.

Paul and Jeanie

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