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Virtual Qi Gong Practice for Respiratory Health

Are you stuck at home but want to stay proactive in maintaining your health during this Coronavirus pandemic? Come join Dr. Lim for 20 minutes of Qi Gong practice that incorporates deep, relaxed breathing and therapeutic movements which will increase vital energy, increase lung capacity, and strengthen and improve your immune and respiratory health!

This series of 18 specific movements is called Lian Gong Yi Qi Gong and can be translated as "the practice of 18 health exercises to strengthen vital energy (练功十八法益气功)." It incorporates deep, relaxed breathing, self-massage, and gentle, meditative movements which work to balance the flow of energy through the Lung, Large Intestine, and Kidney channels, which are important for respiratory health. Benefits of Lian Gong Yi Qi Gong include:

  • Improved lung capacity

  • Increased mobility and movement in the muscles and fascia surrounding the diaphragm and ribcage

  • Massage for the internal organs and lymphatic system

  • Improved digestion and elimination

These therapeutic movements were co-developed by Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming and his son, Zhuang Jian Shen, in Shanghai, China and have been practiced internationally since the 1970's. Dr. Zhuan Yuan Ming was a TCM traumatology doctor who originally developed a series of exercises called Lian Gong Shi Bai Fa (练功十八法), which translates roughly to "the practice of 18 health exercises." The Lian Gong Yi Qi Gong exercises you will learn are derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage, external martial arts stretches, and Dr. Zhuang's personal experience treating the elderly and those with respiratory ailments.

In traditional Chinese medicine theory, there exists a solid relationship between the functioning of the Lungs, Large Intestine, and Kidney channels. When we breathe deeply into the lungs and improve overall respiratory function, the Large Intestine's function of elimination also improves! Likewise, research has shown that stimulating proper elimination of the bowels can alleviate shortness of breath and improve gas exchange function of the lungs.

The Lungs play a vital role in the inhaling of natural Qi energy from the environment and exhaling of turbid Qi from the body. The Lungs rely on the strong grasping and astringent quality of the Kidneys, however, to do their work. The Lian Gong Yi Qi Gong exercises will help to strengthen the Lung-Kidney relationship so that deep breathing and proper elimination of turbid Qi can be achieved.

We hope you enjoy the 18 Lian Gong Yi Qi Gong movements and look forward to any feedback or comments from you regarding your practice!

Wishing you peace and vibrant health.

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