Monthly Archives May 2018

Stress is killing us but we can help ourselves

A shocking report has just revealed that three quarters of Britons have felt so stressed in the past year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Even more shockingly, one in three have felt suicidal and one in six have self-harmed. Women (81%) were more affected than men (67%) and young adults were overall the most severely affected. Apart from the direct misery of stress, it can also lead to serious health problems if it’s prolonged – including digestive disease (such as IBS, stomach ulcers), heart disease, insomnia, headaches, depression, weakened immunity, diabetes, infertility, loss of libido and erectile
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Why do we keep the upper back wide in qigong?

I can’t remember where I first heard about the importance of keeping the upper back wide, with the shoulder blades sliding away from each other, in the practice of qigong and the internal martial arts. Like many things, I practised what I was told, and it was only slowly that I began to understand why. A Chinese medicine teacher I once had remarked that the human body has a major design fault: it is both vertical and alive. Being alive, it has yang energy (whose nature is to rise) and being vertical that yang energy can easily rise excessively. Physically
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