These Qigong exercise forms are my favorite way to start the day.
About Qigong Basics & Flow Box Set
Mimi explains each movement with an emphasis on the breath. She also includes a description of how each movement affects the body and the mind.
About Mimi Kuo-Deemer
Mimi’s inspiration, curiosity & love for Taoism, and the Five Elements practice, emerged as complementary and yet distinct practices alongside her love of yoga and meditation.
In 2002, Mimi co-founded the Yoga Yard, Beijing’s first yoga studio, which she co-directed for 7 years before moving to the United Kingdom.
She now lives in Oxfordshire and teaches primarily at London\’s Triyoga, where she co-teaches on their two-year teacher training diploma course as well as runs immersion training.
Mimi is a graduate of Stanford University and SOAS, University of London, where she earned a master’s with distinction in 2016 in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. She has published a number of yoga and Qigong DVDs videos.
Qigong (chi kung) is an energy and intention-based practice that works with the body and spirit, so they are equally developed and cultivated.
Qi is defined as life force
Gong is defined as to cultivate or build.
Thus Qigong is the cultivation of life energy.
5 Element Practices ~ Basics
- Warm Up for Meridians
- 5 Element Forms
- Wood Element: Nourishing our Roots
- Fire Element: Nourishing the Heart
- Earth Element: Nourishing the Mind
- Metal Element: Nourishing the Spirit
- Water Element: Nourishing our Deepest Wisdom
- Organ Mudra Meditation
Each form or set of exercises is in its own stand-alone video and is well-made and thought out.
While sometimes our qi can be healthy, balanced, and flowing, when we are stressed, tense, or unwell, it can become stuck, stagnant, deficient, or excessive.
Regular practice of the sequences in this element-based Qigong series can help maintain or re-balance the flow of energy in your body, supporting its innate ability to abide in a more balanced, healthy, natural state.
The Eighteen Forms and Eight Brocades ~ Flow
These are my go-to practices because they cover all the bases of the 5 elements.
In these Qigong videos, Mimi presents two well-known and accessible forms of Qigong practice: the Eight Brocades, and the Eighteen Forms. Both sequences are excellent routines for beginners and advanced students of Qigong.
The forms work with the qualities of cleansing the body while building strength and flexibility. They also are designed in such a way to promote health and balance in the body’s organs and meridian systems.
The Eight Brocades practice, almost 30 minutes, works to clean the blood and increase health and vitality in the organs, meridians, and their associated emotional qualities.
8 Brocades Qigong Practice with Mimi
Mimi does an excellent job explaining these easy movements and connects them to our body and organs in such a way it becomes a healing practice as well as an exercise practice.
Mimi presents the eighteen Forms over 35 minutes with fluid, unbroken movements and visualizations that help us connect more closely to the elements of the natural world and brings us into a more compatible balance with the world around us.
These 5 Qigong forms create a variety of exercises that build strength and health.