Qigong and PTSD


My Journey with PTSD

PTSD is in the media a lot these days, and many of us are dealing with it personally. People come home shell-shocked from wars and other violent experiences; these days there are many ways people experience various forms of trauma in their life. Some might experience a milder version of it. Many times, people don’t even realize they have PTSD until they are diagnosed, or become aware of the condition another way. They are stunned by it, or at least that was my own experience.

I had no idea that I was experiencing PTSD.

As a child, I experienced many different forms of trauma. Growing up in a culture where it was more acceptable to "think" than "feel" I learned early on to brush my feelings off. I had convinced myself that traumatic situations were normal, and that everyone probably experienced life like I had. I was surrounded by adults that just didn’t know how to communicate. Their assumptions about kids not needing to know ultimately created more stress and confusion for me and the other children involved.

It wasn't until much later in my adult life when I walked into a hospital (just as I did quite a bit as a child), I suddenly became aware of the smell of the hospital, the sounds of the monitors buzzing, the intercoms...and Immediately my body would go into what I now know as shock.

My body would start to get cold and I would start trembling. My mind felt slow. It was hard to relax. All I wanted to do was get in that crouched position. I felt frozen.

I would get to the point where my cognition would stop working and I couldn’t hold a conversation. I wasn't able to comprehend or understand what was happening. The first time I just brushed it off. I told myself it was just a weird bug or something. However, it happened again and again. This has been my reality for much of my early adult life.

As time passed and I developed more awareness through my meditation and qigong practice I was able to breathe through the intense waves of PTSD and keep myself from drowning in it’s grip. My nervous system still feels the shock from the traumas long ago, however, now with the help of qigong the volume and intensity is significantly lower.

Of all the techniques I have learned from qigong, I have found the Qi Empowered Breathing to be one of the best for situations dealing with PTSD. This intensive breathing technique mixed with a relaxed focus allows the mental awareness to drop deep into the nervous system and ultimately releasing the negative messages stored there. To learn more about PTSD and how qigong can help click the link below: www.healinginfusionsgroup.com

Sleep Through the Seasons


Sleep Cycles

We’ve talked a bit about what you can do to get ready to go from autumn to winter and about a couple of things that you can do to get your body prepared. A lot of this information comes from a highly revered book called Huang di Neijing, "The Yellow Emperor’s Classic". This book is often considered the bible of Chinese medicine and how to live a healthy long life in harmony with the cycles of Nature. One of the topics mentioned that we have yet to discuss is sleep patterns and how the body needs different amounts of sleep through different times of the year.


In the summer, it is recommended that you stay up late at night and wake up early in the morning. This is because the sky is lit up by the sun from early in the morning until late into the evening, the Yang energy has reached it's fullest expression. As we move into fall, it is recommended that we go to sleep earlier and wake up in the morning earlier. This reflects that the Yang energy of the sun is waning earlier in the evening bringing more darkness or Yin energy. However, as we move into winter, we should still go to bed early (maybe even earlier than during the fall), but we should also stay in bed later in the morning. Yin energy has now reached it's fullest expression which is represented in the longer evenings and shorter days.


I remember a teacher of mine who used to say that the last hour you spend in bed during winter time can really help strengthen your kidney energy, not only in your lower back, but your knees, brain and bones. I don't think there could be a better recommendation from the doctor than to sleep in every morning. Now, for some of you, that might seem like an impossible task, however it's always "Good, Better and Best": If you don't have an hour, start with five minutes or whatever works for your schedule. Remember this ancient wisdom is a prescription, and if done regularly, it will build your immunity during Wintertime, ultimately making you healthier, stronger and happier. 


There are so many things you can do to protect your qi as the seasons change. For more practical tips, be sure to head over to the Healing Infusions group on Facebook by following this link http://bit.ly/healinginfusionsgroup 



The Energy of the Time


Shuang Jiang- Frost Decent

In the ancient Chinese calendar, the year is broken up into 24 segments to really understand the energetics of the seasons. As of October 23rd, we moved into what is called Shuang Jiang, Frost Decent.


In Shuang Jiang (Frost Decent), we have entered the last phase of autumn. The northern hemisphere is now experiencing less light from the Sun. This causes the energy of the Earth's qi to descend below the surface, storing the lifeforce in the roots, in the core. The cold will now be more present. You’ll see we’ve gotten the last days of warmth, the last colors, the remaining crops have begun to wither. Notice how this change in the environment affects our internal qi.


One thing that we all do to adapt to this change is wear warmer clothes. Wool will replace cotton. Parkas, scarfs and hats come out of the closets. It is recommended to also cover your feet by wearing socks, slippers and shoes, as floors and the ground are getting colder. This will help tremendously by making sure the qi in your meridians is protected from the cold (We will talk more about this in the coming posts).


Another thing that you can do to protect and strengthen your qi is to start eating and drinking warmer foods and drinks. This doesn’t necessarily mean hot, as in spicy, or that the temperature is really hot, but what it does mean is that the food is cooked, not raw. In the earlier phases of autumn we were able to still eat from the leafy vegetables and fruits, but we are now starting to put our focus on the roots and tubers: Squash, pumpkins, gourds, potatoes, etc. It is recommended that we cook these vegetables by adding spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, pepper, coriander, turmeric and cumin to give the food a little extra warmth.


You can also keep the body warm by drinking warming teas: oolong, pu'er, red teas, and black teas. Chai tea is also a good thing to ingest during this time because it contains a lot of the warming spices mentioned above. However, you’ll want to avoid white and green teas as they are cooling teas. Avoid ice in your beverages, as this will affect your digestive qi negatively.


There are still a lot more things you can do to protect your qi as the seasons change. For more practical tips, be sure to head over to the Healing Infusions group on Facebook by following this link http://bit.ly/healinginfusionsgroup .

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