November 29, 2005 at 11:37 am #8941
every morning I do a few stretches and a few qigong movements to get the kinks out and the juice flowing. Recently, I saw an old Yoga Journal with an article by Ken Cohen. In the article, Cohen described a qigong routine that included about 8 exercizes, two of which I do in my own. At the conclusion of the article Cohen recommended that people who practiced this routine wait a half hour after the routine before they eat. I don’t thinks this applies to me since I do only two of the qigong movements in my routine, but I would like some input. Why the wait? What attracted me to qigong in the first place is that it seemed all about the easy coexistence and natural integration of qi and activity instead of separating things into silence vs. activity or spirit v relative life. I also know that qigong is practical so there could be a good reason for the wait after the qigong routine. I just know with my schedule, I could not find another half hour in my day to find time to not eat between a simple qigong routine and eating. Any clarification?November 29, 2005 at 12:06 pm #8942
The reason for waiting is that the process begun during the qigong practice continues afterwards, even though you stopped moving, the qi set in motion is doing a particular job.
Eating is a different job, and requires a lot of chi to manage digestion.
so the qigong chi flows towaards digestion, rather than its original job.
So the advice I think is generally good for beginning practitioners.As you get more integrated, it doesn’t seem to matter as much, your system is advanced enough to do both jobs at once.
There are a wide variety of factors that could alter this equation – strength of your earth element/digestion, type of diet, state of health, etc.
Everyone is unique, so important to explore for yourself.
michaelNovember 29, 2005 at 12:30 pm #8944
Thanks, Michael. Your answer helped me.
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