Hold Qi up Turku [2011-10-29]

This autumn's Swedish course in Turku was held in cooperation with Åbo Akademi University. There are already several employees at Abo Akademi University who practise Zhineng Qigong and feel that they have had many positive results out of it. Their enthusiasm has in turn led to the offer Åbo Akademi University has made to pay half the course fee for their employees when attending our courses.

The course was well attended, with participants from both near and far. Some participants chose to travel from Nagu and Salo to our course in Turku, as they immediately wanted to get started and practise. They had heard about how good our method is, and did not want to wait for the courses in their home towns.

The atmosphere on the course was calm and relaxed. Turku is one of our first locations in Finland, and many of the participants have extensive experience of practising qigong. They could support and assist their less experienced classmates, so that learning was easier. Below is an excerpt of the participants' own comments about the course.

Calmer and happier

"I´ve felt positive about taking part in this course. The training affects my head in a good way. I feel calmer and happier. I know better how my body feels the next day."

I´ve learned new things

"The course has been good. I have learned new things. I started practicing Zhineng Qigong because of migraine. The positive changes have come gradually. After the summer course 2011 I started to feel much better. Now I can do things that I couldn´t do before the course."

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Leg bends without difficulties

"I started practicing Zhineng Qigong because my back has been bad. I have been on a long-term sick leave because of it. If I dropped something on the floor I could not pick it up. Now I can do the leg bends without any difficulties."

A new start

"Four years ago I attended my first course in Zhineng Qigong because I needed to find a way to relax. First I used to exercise every day but after a while I stopped training. I came to this course because I want to start training again."

Zhineng Qigong helps me to relax

"This course has been good because I have once again been able to calm down. It´s important for me that I get a chance to do that. I haven't attended a weekend course for a long time now. I relax much better when I can train Zhineng Qigong in a group. I have had major depressions and when I have felt very ill I haven't exercised, which have increased my ill being. At once when I take part in a course I start to feel better. I stopped taking antidepressant medicine two years ago and I have also stopped taking any drugs. Zhineng Qigong is very important to me."

The philosophy of Zhineng Qigong interests me

"I am very interested in the philosophy of Zhineg Qigong. The philosophy behind the body, mind and qi appeals to me. I haven't got any specific pains but I think that La Qi has helped me to calm down. I have learned new things about Lift Up Qi on this course. I feel more energy mentally, but I freeze a lot."

A better elbow

"In 1999 I heard about Zhineng Qigong from a friend and this is when I started to do the exercises. I had been hit by a car and my elbow was crushed. The doctor said that I was going to have troubles with the elbow for the rest of my life. Despite the fact that I trained alone and I did the movements wrong for a long period of time, my elbow was slowly recovering. Last winter I fell on the ice and I hurt my arm very badly. Luckily nothing was broken and I continued to train despite the pain. This year I attended my first summer course and after that I was totally happy."

The summer course was great

"I attended my first summer course this year. It was wonderful! I have got problems with my back because I have been hit by a car two times, and therefore I got a slipped disc. After the summer course my back is much better. I´ve also had panic attacks after the car collisions. My autumn has been hard so it has been nice to be on this course. It has helped again."

Able to manage stress much better

"I have been practicing for three years now. I believe that I soon am able to close my eyes slowly. I had no physical problems when I started to practice Zhineng Qigong, but I don´t know how it would be if I didn´t practice. I can manage stress much better now. Now I can wait until the next day to do undone work, which I couldn´t do before."

I´ve had problems with my neck and with my shoulders

"I started practicing Zhineng Qigong in Helsinki 2007. It is always good to participate in a weekend course. I easily stop training If I don´t get reminded of it in a concrete way like this. I´ve had problems with my neck and with my shoulders. LUQ-training helps me."

Feelings of joy

"I have trained for six years now. A good friend told me about Zhineng Qigong even before that, but I didn´t start my training at that point. 2005 was a very hard year for me. I decided to attend a weekend course in autumn that year. After the course I noticed that my atopic eczema on my hands had healed. After that course I have been training regularly and I participated in my first summer course 2007. Now, I practice every day and I experience feelings of joy. I have more energy at work and with my family and grandchildren."

Own tools

"For a long time I have been thinking about how our body is affected by our mind. Since 2005 I have been visiting an "energy therapist". She has been balancing my energy. But I also wanted to handle my own energy, not being dependent of somebody else who is taking care of me. Now, I don´t know what I will do in the future. My husband works abroad and I don't know if I want to join him there. I feel anxious when I think of having to make this decision. This course has given me own tools. I got what I need now. I feel that the practice will give me peace."

Teacher:

Jeanette Heidenberg