There Is More To Longevity Than Staying Alive

“There Is More To Longevity Than Staying Alive” is my motto – my mantra. I need to let you know this is not an original statement of mine, I found it in a magazine. Do you remember when we read magazines? 

The discovery of this motto has, over the years, served me as a reminder to live a Full, Happy, Healthy life and to live it Well. This motto reminds to be aware of what contributes to a vital Life. Eat Healthy, we are what we eat. Rest well, I’m told 8 hours of sleep is best. That is one I’m still working on. Be Active, keep moving. 

Food is important. I love to eat good food. My eating style has evolved over my lifetime. My focus is to eat Organic with minimal animal proteins and a lot of vegetables and fruits. Drink Lots Of Water!!! I always have a water bottle with me.

To stay active, I do a daily Qi Gong 18 Style Ritual. I have a Hatha Yoga Practice five days a week to maintain physical and mental strength. When out doing errands, I park farther from the front of the store, use the stairs rather than the elevator to add steps to my daily step count. 

To keep a positive outlook, I have an early morning Meditation Time. I look for the Good in everything. Be Joyful. Live like a Child.

Television is not a part of my life. To tell the truth I cannot tolerate all of the ads and the style of delivery used to grab and keep our attention. Irritating! A good movie, documentary or PBS Series is always enjoyable.

I also like to be out in the Fresh Air as much possible, especially when the weather is like it is now in the Fall.

What do you do to feel alive, to be active, and to live well?

“There Is More To Longevity Than Staying Alive” – make it your motto!

Tommy & Julia

My Qi Gong Practice

My Qi Gong Practice.

What Started My Qi Gong Practice?

My interests have been in Energy based disciplines. As I traveled along that road, following my instinct to learn massage. I enrolled in an East/West Massage Class: Swedish Massage and Shiatsu Massage. 

The class was scheduled for more than a year. The first half was studying Swedish Massage and the second half covered Shiatsu Massage.  In January of 1993, the Shiatsu class began. We had two instructors, Dr. Chung Bai and Acupuncturist,Tai Yang Han. 

On the first day of class, we were informed that we would begin each morning session and each afternoon session with the practice of Qi Gong. This was to build the energy necessary to be a Shiatsu Massage Practitioner. At that time, I knew nothing about Qi Gong, but it was an important part of the class and I was open to learning something new.

First, we were led through each movement with a brief explanation of it. Then, we were led by Chung Bai through the entire Ritual of 18 movements…Lightning struck! I could not believe how energized, refreshed and peaceful I was as the 20 minute Ritual ended. I was hooked!!!

As the class continued and we did Qi Gong before each session, I was enjoying the refreshing, peaceful energy from it so much that I began sharing Qi Gong with my family, then my Yoga students and friends. In the fall of 1993, I started teaching Qi Gong, first to yoga students, then at hospitals, rehab centers, and in private classes. I began presenting workshops and seminars at massage schools throughout the area and even at yoga retreats.  I have been teaching and practicing Qi Gong ever since. I still LOVE my Qi Gong 18 Style Practice!

Qi Gong 18 Style Who is your Best Teacher?

Performing Qi Gong 18 Style Ritual

Qi Gong 18 Style Who is your Best Teacher?

You will often hear me say, “Of all the teachers I have studied with my Best Qi Gong 18 Style Teacher has been the Ritual practiced regularly”.

 When you practice the 20 minute Ritual on a regular Daily basis you will learn many things about yourself, your emotions, your suppressed memories and more. As you repeat the steps of the ritual each day, you will become acutely aware of how your body feels. You will often notice improvement in your flexibility, strength, balance. Perhaps you will become aware of blockages. All of this guides you down the path to an improved You!   

In fact, the ‘teacher’ revealed to me how to be more balanced and in better alignment. While strengthening my muscles, the daily ritual also taught me how to move, stand and sit to better support my spine. These lessons cured my Bad Back in the first year of practicing the Ritual daily. That was over 20 years ago and my back has never bothered me since. 

You will also learn, as I have, that life is less stressful and more peaceful with consistent daily ritual practice. Your attitude will become more tolerant. You will feel peace, joy and satisfaction. All from only 20 minutes a day Ritual practice . 

Just yesterday, when asked if she was seeing any benefit from Qi Gong 18 Style, a student shared that her family has been encouraging her to come to class and to do the Ritual because she is less “Barky”. I think she wanted to use another B word but didn’t want to label herself. 

To know what Qi Gong 18 Style will do for you is simple. Download the Video and start your regular Ritual practice. Commit to doing it for 90 days. Then decide, Is It Worth for you? My bet is you will continue and create your best self.

The Four Foundations for Qi Gong 18 Style Ritual

The Four Foundations for The Qi Gong 18 Style Ritual are:

1) Stand with your Feet Parallel and Shoulder Width apart. Knees are slightly flexed. Hands are at your side.  Your index fingers  should be along the side seams, if you have one, of your pants.

2) Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth where it will remain for the entire Ritual.You will Inhale and Exhale through your nostrils.

3) Inhale into your Dan Tien, an area below the navel. To locate your Dan Tien, place your pointer finger one hand at your navel.  With the the four fingers of the other hand extended  place them under the pointer finger. Move the pointer finger down to the bottom of the four fingers and move them away. The pointer finger is now pointing to your Dan Tien. Breath here, inhaling moves the belly out, exhaling moves it in. As you are Inhaling imagine the breath starting at your perineum then moving up the spine and over the top of your head flowing into the nostrils. As you Exhale imagine the breath moving down the midline of your body to the Dan Tien, then letting going internally back to the perineum. Remember to have the tip of the tongue on the roof of the mouth as you breath in and out through your nostrils.

4) Breathing is always: Inhale Up, Exhale Down. Inhale Open, Exhale Closed. Inhale to the Left, Exhale to the Right. Exhale Out, Inhale In. Imagine how your lungs expand and compress during the movements, expanding with the inhale, compressing with the exhale.

As you begin your daily Ritual Practice, you may have difficulty remembering these Four Foundation pieces. It takes time and practice to develop the cellular memory allowing these Foundation pieces to simply be a part of your practice. No  Thought is Required. Keep doing the Ritual until it is You.