We like to emphasize the importance of daily training to achieve your Kung Fu objectives. In today’s world, we all have many responsibilities that serve as excuses for our lack of training. Many individuals feel that they must put a substantial amount of time towards training each day in order to make serious progress in whatever skills they are pursuing. However, this only true to a certain extent.
An approach that works extremely well is to divide up your daily training time. Break up your training into short practice periods throughout the day. For example, doing some stretching exercises in the morning that concentrate on the large muscles of the body such as the legs and back, to improve flexibility. Before lunch break, you can perform breathing exercises and basic forms to retain physical abilities. Before or after dinner, you could work out again for several minutes. WeTry to plan your day around your training program.
Breaking down your training routine into small 5 to 10 minute periods throughout the day will greatly improve your health, mobility and wellbeing. These periods will help maintain your skills, improve your ability, and help you stay physically fit. Good luck in creating your new daily personal routine!
Breathwork encompasses various techniques that incorporate intentional use of the breath. Basically, you can learn to regulate the flow of breath to balance your mind and body. There are many studies on the effects today – but the power of breathing has long been revered in many cultures. Practices range from simple deep breathing to more advanced methods. Breathwork is an all-natural, at-your-fingertips way to enhance your wellbeing!
Gentle movement through wide ranges of motion, coupled with full, gentle breathing, activates the neuromuscular system without over stressing it, preparing us for any harder training activities to come, and improving mood and mental function throughout the day. Our Soaring Crane Qigong form is a perfect point of intersection between meditation and movement practice.
Joints are fundamental to health and movement capability. When we live sedentary lives it is far too easy for our joints to never see large portions of their ranges of motion. What we don’t use atrophies, so a daily joint rotation practice is important to prevent loss of range of motion and coordination in the joint. Joint rotations also lubricate the joints with synovial fluid, helping them heal faster and preparing them for any more intense movement practices to follow.
This effortless standing practice is designed to heal the self on multiple levels: the mind, the physical body, and even the emotions—this has been our experience, anyway. For our students, this practice has been a great way to unify all aspects of being—mind, body and energy—and so, we incorporate it regularly in our Qigong classes.
This one is simple, just get up and go for a walk. I try to walk every morning and take short walks around lunch and in them mid afternoon to recover my attention. Walking in natural green spaces helps recover attention better than a treadmill or walking through a city, and barefoot walking will help develop your feet. You can add in other things like tracking, gathering wild foods, or identifying flora and fauna, but most importantly walk. Aim for 2-3 miles of walking daily!
We believe you can improve your health, mood and physical function with these simple daily practices! Practicing daily mind-body exercises develops a habit of self discipline and care, that is the foundation for higher level kung fu practices. If you start with these 5 basic practices, you will begin feeling more deeply embodied, more mobile, calmer, happier and ready to take on harder challenges.
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