Does sitting in front of the computer tire you out? Practising Qigong can help you!

A lot of work in front of the computer and sitting still for a long time can be a strain on the body. It can make you stiff and tired, reduce your ability to concentrate, and cause headaches and pains in shoulders and neck.

Below you can read some advice that we published last autumn, on how practising Qigong can be a way of removing the bad effects of sitting still for a long time.

Think of your posture when sitting in front of the computer

Alternate between standing and sitting if possible, and keep your posture straight but at the same time relaxed. During our basic courses we teach how to stand and sit in a way that is relaxed and can help us to conserve our energy instead of getting worn out. How we stand and sit has an impact on our health and the more we use the body in a good way the better we will feel.

Take short breaks for training during the working day.

One way to avoid health problems due to too much sitting down is to find a moment to train during the working day. Practising Qigong is a good method to improve the circulation without working up a sweat. The practise does not take much time since you do not need to shower afterwards. If you have already attended our courses and are now working from home – practise Hold Qi Up, Shenxin Qigong or La Qi, even just a short while, during your working day.

Do not forget the eyes

A general feeling of tiredness often starts with the eyes. Several hours in front of the screen or reading can tire the eyes and it is good to give them some rest from time to time.  An idea can be to let the eyes shift focus, i.e. look away from the screen and instead look at something further away. A more powerful way of relaxing the eyes we teach in the course ‘EasyCare for Eyes’. By taking a break from your work in front of the computer and doing the ‘EasyCare for Eyes’ the health of your eyes can improve. The eyes influence the rest of the body so the practise is also good for general well-being throughout the body.

How to Prepare for the Winter Course Online

Good preparations can help you to get the most out of a Qigong course. A common way to prepare for longer courses is to arrange the practicalities, such as the trip and packing. It can be helpful to start preparing mentally for the course, for example by thinking about the desired objective of your participation and what you want to achieve during the course. As our courses are now given online, it seems to not be quite the same, and the challenge when participating from home may be to just prepare. It is easy to forget that small preparations are still very important. We would like to help our participants get the most out of our courses, so here is a list of suggestions on how to do it: 

Administration: Submit your course registration and pay for the course well in advance of the first course day. Make sure that any holiday application is submitted and approved. This way you avoid unnecessary stress in close proximity to the course. 

Practicalities: Plan the days so that it does not get stressful around the training, make sure to have some margins before and after the training sessions. Choose a quiet place where you can train undisturbed, preferably the same place every day. Find your Qigong shoes and feel free to have your Qigong paintings on show to create a harmonious atmosphere. If you live with other people, inform them so that everyone knows when you are on a course and ask not to be disturbed during those hours. 

The feeling: Everyone who attends this year’s Winter Course online has participated in one or more of our Winter Courses that we have arranged in previous years. One way to prepare for training together again can be to remember the feeling of what it is like to be ona Winter course. Think back on pleasant memories, look for group photos from previous years, read the course report from last year’s Winter course or scroll back to old blog posts from Karlskoga. Looking forward to a course and remembering the feeling from previous courses can help us get more out of the course we attend.

Your goals: During the Winter course, we usually focus on what we want to achieve with the training. Maybe you want to become calmer, softer in your body, improve your concentration or achieve other health improvements. Think about what is important to you and wish that you will achieve it. It can help us stay motivated and get where we want to go faster. Looking forward to seeing you online at the Winter Course!

How to Make Time for Qigong When You Have Children

For the best results possible it is important to practise regularly. However, having small children can make it somewhat challenging to find the time. Before, a parent shared here on the webpage how they’ve dealt with this period of time in their lives. Now you can read what another parent has to say. To read what the first parent said, click here. 

My children are now quite big (8 and 11 years old) and can do things on their own, so finding time for Qigong is not that hard. I practise when they’ve gone to bed, since they can fall asleep on their own, or when they play on the computer. I also practise on my lunch break. Since I work from home, I can choose myself when to work. 

However, it hasn’t always been this easy to practise in my everyday life. I was never able to put my children in the carrier and practise while they slept, because they always wanted to lie on my stomach. So I only had the opportunity to practise when someone else watched them.

My salvation was to have 20 minutes for myself in the morning when the childrens’ father handled everything before going to work. I practised only Shenxin Qigong, because the exercise is short and effective. I never skipped my morning training, it helped me cope with the rest of the day in a good way.

My advice to Qigong practitioners who have small children is to set a routine in the morning where your partner does all the chores for 29 minutes. They can handle this. If you don’t have a partner you can try doing some Snake Arm, Dun Qiang, finger training and combing when it suits you. These exercises don’t take up much time and it’s ok if you get interrupted while doing them. Another advice I wish I’d known about earlier: Try doing La Qi before you pick your kids up at kindergarden – that will make it much smoother!

To all of you who have small children and are struggling: it will get easier! Until then; you do what you can. It’s better to do a small effort than none!

Outdoor Practise in the Finnish Nature

At the end of summer we started our training groups again. In Ekenäs the term started out of doors and not until October moved indoors again. 

The photos below show the training group during the outdoor practise and one of the participants practising out of doors in Lappland.

Let Qigong Practice Help you in Dark November

Dark November can be a tough month. When it gets colder and darker, Qigong practise can offer a lot of help. Grab the opportunity to take part in our daily online training and the Summer Course Training Online. These offer a big support in everyday life.

A photo from November last year. Some participants walking on a Sunday morning through the avenue in Alingsås during a course of Tuina and Weituo Jin.

Does sitting in front of the computer tire you out? Practising Qigong can help you!

A lot of work in front of the computer and sitting still for a long time can be a strain on the body. It can make you stiff and tired, reduce your ability to concentrate, and cause headaches and pains in shoulders and neck.

If you have spent more time in front of the computer during the last months, practising Qigong can be a way of removing the bad effects of sitting still for a long time.

*Think of your posture when sitting in front of the computer

Alternate between standing and sitting if possible, and keep your posture straight but at the same time relaxed. During our basic courses we teach how to stand and sit in a way that is relaxed and can help us to conserve our energy instead of getting worn out. How we stand and sit has an impact on our health and the more we use the body in a good way the better we will feel.

*Take short breaks for training during the working day.

One way to avoid health problems due to too much sitting down is to find a moment to train during the working day. Practising Qigong is a good method to improve the circulation without working up a sweat. The practise does not take much time since you do not need to shower afterwards. If you have already attended our courses and are now working from home – practise Hold Qi Up, Shenxin Qigong or La Qi, even just a short while, during your working day.

*Do not forget the eyes

A general feeling of tiredness often starts with the eyes. Several hours in front of the screen or reading can tire the eyes and it is good to give them some rest from time to time.  An idea can be to let the eyes shift focus, i.e. look away from the screen and instead look at something further away. A more powerful way of relaxing the eyes we teach in the course ‘EasyCare for Eyes’. By taking a break from your work in front of the computer and doing the ‘EasyCare for Eyes’ the health of your eyes can improve. The eyes influence the rest of the body so the practise is also good for general well-being throughout the body.

Give the day a Good Start by Practicing Qigong!

While some naturally have plenty of energy in the morning, for others that part of the day can be more challenging. Depending on your state of health, one can experience problems with everything from waking up, getting out of bed, stiffness in the morning, pain or bad temper. Practicing Qigong can be one way of reducing the difficult things and instead get a feeling of well-being in the morning. European Zhineng Qigong teaches several methods that are good to practice in the morning, but which to choose? We have previously published articles in our blog where some participants have shared what they practice in the morning, and why. Here is once again what one participant said.

Hold Qi Up in the morning makes my body supple and my mind calm

”I practice Hold Qi Up in the morning because it gives my day a very good start. It is a nice way of getting my body started and I feel good by starting the day by getting supple. If I am stiff and in pain it disappears by practicing. I also feel that I acquire balance by Hold Qi Up, my mind is calm. After practicing in the morning I can start the day in a calm and ordered way even if I am very busy. Practicing gives me a structure for the whole day. Even if there are lots of things going on in my life, and a lot of things happen, it is as if I have a basic calm with which to meet the day. Practice makes me happier. My dog also likes my practicing Hold Qi Up, she has noticed that I play more with her then!”

Being a Parent and Practising Qigong

If you want to achieve the best possible result, practising regularly is important. But living with small children can make that somewhat difficult. We will publish the stories of a few parents here on the website.  You can read the first one here!

It was difficult making time for Qigong when my children were babies. Our days were occupied and they fell asleep late and woke up early. When we had found a routine that worked it didn’t take long for it to change. So, I didn’t practise as much as I wanted to but I tried to accept things, knowing it was just a phase. As the children got older and started sleeping  at more fixed times I got up early in the morning to practise before they woke up. But quite often one or the other would wake up earlier than anticipated and my practising was interrupted. My practising routine would also get disturbed when they became ill, or simply when they changed their sleeping habits.

However,  it has been possible for me to attend the longer Qigong courses. My family have also joined and these courses have been crucial to keep up my energy levels when the children were small. Our whole family has gathered a lot of qi and it has been very helpful in our everyday life.  

Somewhat Older Children

Now that the kids are four and six years old it’s starting to get easier to practise regularly, especially thanks to the online training. It helps our entire family to adapt to the routine. The children appreciate that many people they know all practise at the same time as we do and that gives the moment a special feeling. I practise in their bedroom and our evening routine has become much better and calmer. When I’ve thought of skipping the training to start putting them to bed they’ve urged me to practise instead. Sometimes one of them will come sit in my lap when we practise La Qi. They will sit quietly and relax. 

Games During Practise 

It has been important to me that Qigong is a natural part of the kids’ day. They’re welcome to enter the room when I practise but I’d rather they don’t disturb. Easier said than done… Their favourite game is to sit on my feet when I bend forward and play house. Or hang different stuff on my arms when they’re stretched out. Sometimes when I’m done practising, my legs are tied together with a belt. Of course this affects the quality of the training but it’s better for us to keep this moment positive than have it connected to negative feelings. We also talk to the children about results and why practising is important.

It is amazing that the children can get acquainted to Qigong at such an early age, both the training itself and all our Qigong friends!

No Packing List this year – but still about time to prepare for a course! 

At this time of year we usually publish a packing list to help with suggestions and ideas of useful things to bring to the Summer Course. This year is very different, no Summer Course in Nossebro but a Summer Course online – SOL. You do not need a packing list for an online course, but nonetheless it is good to prepare yourself for the course. Here we give some suggestions of how to prepare yourself to get the most out of the course.:

Administration: Enrol and pay for the course well before the first day. Make sure that your application for time off has been submitted and approved. This is a way of avoiding unnecessary stress.

Practical things: When the adminstration is done it might be a good idea to focus on the practical side of things. Co-ordinate with the rest of the family so that everyone knows that you are taking part in a course during the time the practise takes place and ask them not to disturb you during those hours. Plan the days to avoid stress before and after practise, have some free time before and after. Pick a calm spot where you can practise undisturbed, preferably at the same place every day. Find your qigong shoes and put up your qigongpictures to create a harmonic ambience. 

The feeling: Everyone taking part in SOL has participated earlier in one or several of our Summer Courses. One way to prepare to practise together again can be to remember the feeling of being at the Summer Course. Recall nice memories, take out the group photos from years past or look at the postings in the blog from last years Summer Course. To look forward to a course can help us to get more out of the course.

Your aims: During the Summer Course we usually focus on what we want to achieve by practising. You might want to be calmer, more supple, concentrate better or some other improvements of your health. Focus on that which is important to you and wish that you will get it. That might help us to keep our motivation and get us faster to what we want to get.

A nice midsummer to all of you and we will meet at SOL!

So Nice That Many Choose to Share Their Photos With Us!

Many thanks for sending us your lovely images of spring from near and far! It is nice to know we still have our Qigong community in these times. To all of you curious about the photos we received – here is a sample of them!

A Grebe is lying comfortably.
A Grebe is lying comfortably.

A Grebe is lying comfortably. 

A Wood Anemone in Gävle.

View from a stoney beach in Öland.

The sky above a Cherry tree in Öland.

Rainbow magic in Oslo.

Beech forest in the Royal Park of Rosersberg.

Bird life in Gothenburg.

A Gull is having a quiet swim in Tyresö.

Landscape view in England.

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Does sitting in front of the computer tire you out? Practising Qigong can help you! 

A lot of work in front of the computer and sitting still for a long time can be a strain on the body. It can make you stiff and tired, reduce your ability to concentrate, and cause headaches and pains in shoulders and neck.

If you have spent more time in front of the computer during the last months, practising Qigong can be a way of removing the bad effects of sitting still for a long time.

*Think of your posture when sitting in front of the computer

Alternate between standing and sitting if possible, and keep your posture straight but at the same time relaxed. During our basic courses we teach how to stand and sit in a way that is relaxed and can help us to conserve our energy instead of getting worn out. How we stand and sit has an impact on our health and the more we use the body in a good way the better we will feel.

*Take short breaks for training during the working day.

One way to avoid health problems due to too much sitting down is to find a moment to train during the working day. Practising Qigong is a good method to improve the circulation without working up a sweat. The practise does not take much time since you do not need to shower afterwards. If you have already attended our courses and are now working from home – practise Hold Qi Up, Shenxin Qigong or La Qi, even just a short while, during your working day.

*Do not forget the eyes

A general feeling of tiredness often starts with the eyes. Several hours in front of the screen or reading can tire the eyes and it is good to give them some rest from time to time.  An idea can be to let the eyes shift focus, i.e. look away from the screen and instead look at something further away. A more powerful way of relaxing the eyes we teach in the course ‘EasyCare for Eyes’. By taking a break from your work in front of the computer and doing the ‘EasyCare for Eyes’ the health of your eyes can improve. The eyes influence the rest of the body so the practise is also good for general well-being throughout the body.