Stress Relief Techniques Qigong in Yosemite

Hey everyone, welcome to our YouTube
channel. My name is Lee Holden We’ve been filming up and down the coast
of California, in the redwoods and even in Yosemite – all kinds of Qi Gong
programs Now these programs are for
condition-specific things like our most common ailments – like stress, depression, pain in the neck and shoulders, tightness in the low back…and my goal is to bring
qigong in an accessible easy-to-follow format for you. I’m out here in the beautiful Sierras (Sierra Mountains), gonna show you some stress relief techniques from an ancient practice
called qigong. “Qi” (also spelled “chi”) means energy. Now when we get stressed out, our energy contracts and tightens. This creates a lot of tension both in the muscles in the mind
in our emotions so here’s a wonderful technique to clear
stress and recharge you for the rest of the day. So you’re going to take a stance that’s just about shoulder width, take a nice deep breath and just settle in and feel grounded and connected. This qigong exercise is called “Repulse The Monkey”. Now, “the monkey” is representative to the turbulent thinking in the mind. So here, we’re going to get rid of those
turbulent thoughts, those stressful thoughts. This is a great
little flowing movement to bring that peace and relaxation into the rest of
your day. You’re going to turn your hips a little
bit and just open your arms. So your mind is open like the sky. And then you’re going
to bring this back hand by the ear, push through, and clear. “Repulse The
Monkey”. Take a nice deep breath, mind open like the sky, and then exhale,
push through and clear. Inhale, and exhale.Take a nice deep breath, and exhale. This one is also said to bring in
creativity. So when we have stress, sometimes our
perspective is limited. So here, feel your mind open, and then, bring that creativity into any
challenging situation. These movements are called flows, and
flowing movements are a wonderful way to clear stress, calm the mind, and tap into
that innate creativity that we all have inside us. Exhale as you push through,
take a nice deep breath. Exhale as you push through. A few minutes of “Repulse
The Monkey” qigong exercise can transform stress into creativity. You might notice that here I’m standing
a little taller and then here, bend the knees a little bit, and stand just a little bit taller…so the knees and the legs are a little bit “springy” We’re breathing in sync with the movement…mind open like the sky… pushing through…Do that one more time. Bring your hands down to your side. Take a nice deep breath. Wonderful. Hope you enjoyed that. If you like what you see and you want to learn more about qigong, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel. Thanks.

2 thoughts on “Stress Relief Techniques Qigong in Yosemite

  1. I thank you gracious one for sharing this amazing technique that makes my mind and body more receptive to stress relief. Feeling grateful!

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