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Chakra Issues Sixth Chakra

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Sixth Chakra

Judgment and Discernment 

The serenity of Ajna, the third eye, is a function of harmony, inner & outer attunement, and stillness. If we are continually thinking in dualistic Butterfly, discernment, judgment, tantric qigong, enlightenment, spiritual awakening, self mastery, 8 treasures, taoist tantra, taoism, qigogn  for self mastery, ba duan jin, eight section brocade, 8 twists of silk, 8 pieces of silk, inner tranquility, inner peace, qigong classes, rockville, olney, gaithersburg, maryland, t'ai chi, taiji, chi kungterms, we are dissecting, analyzing, and comparing. This mental activity can reduce the ability to be serene, yet also has a significant survival function as discernment. In a sense, discernment is a basic form of consciousness shared by all life.  How do you know what is helpful and what is harmful to your survival?  What is food, what is poison? In this aspect, discernment is a vital function for survival, abundance, and leading a harmonious life of inner richness.

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Judgment, discernment, tantric qigong, enlightenment, self mastery, self realization, chakras, kundalini, self grwoth, personal growth, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, qigong for self mastery, ba duan jin, 8 twists of silk, 8 pieces of silk, 8 brocades Judgment is noticing (discerning, 6th chakra) the difference in things, people, their actions, etc., and reacting with some level of moral condemnation (3rd chakra). Moral condemnation grows from a conscious or subconscious anxiety of the differences we have noticed (potential threats), and assigning it a negative or evil connotation.  Once so assigned, the tendency is to react with some degree of irritation or anger, or worse.

          You don’t count the dead

          When God’s on your side.

         – Bob Dylan, With God on Our Side

Righteous anger takes our moral judgment and amps up the compensatory and defensive / offensive reaction with great vigor and the certitude that we are absolutely correct.  It can then be short step to dogmatic condemnation, inquisition, water boarding, crusades, jihad, and other forms of righteous violence.

It takes a certain level of experience and wisdom to use the sharp knives of discernment, intuition, and understanding in a way that is beneficial to ourselves and others. Deep and consistent periods of meditation, Cobra Breath, and Psychic Bridge Balancing can develop the intuition and sensitivity necessary to harness this faculty. © 2012 Keith E. Hall and Inner-Tranquility.com All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues Fifth Chakra

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fifth Chakra

Karma Burning: Frustration

 

Expression is related to communication. Communication, depending on one’s intention, can lead to understanStress management, frustration, enlightenment, tantric qigong, self-mastery, joy, communication, vishuddi, fifth chakra, throat chakrading and cooperation, or to contradiction and conflict.

In a sense, creative expression has its roots in the third chakra. It begins as the desire to create something (physical, mental, or emotional), gathers the power of manifestation, and then travels to the fifth chakra for expression.

If thwarted, our desire, intention, and joy of creating turns to frustration. The greater the obstruction (whether external or internal), and the stronger the individual’s will, the more likely one is to experience frustration. 

Frustration always includes some combination of the emotions of the lower chakras which can be summarized thusly:

Desire to create / express > internal or external blocking > inhibition (disappointment / fear) > anger
anger expressed outwardly > conflict
anger expressed inwardly > self judgment / physical ramifications

Bioenergetically, we keep the “lid on” the unbridled outward expression of frustration by tightening the neck and jaw muscles. If chronic, this response becomes muscular armoring and can lead to physical symptoms such as TMJ syndrome, neck pain, cervical vertebral misalignment, poor posture, and headaches.

 The Evolution of Language

It is most likely that during the Lower Pleistocene Homo habilis and Homo erectus had some form of communication that was an intermediate stage between that of modern humans and that of non-human primates. It is conjectured that these forms were simple nouns and verbs that lacked conjugation or tenses. More sophisticated forms of utterance may have evolved in Neanderthals, though they may have lacked the brain capacity for the modern speech of Homo Sapiens, who may have developed language and art between 50,000 and 200,000 years ago. It is the development of language that helped larger groups of humans to learn to cooperate and work together, migrate to distant areas, and improve their survival skills.

Writing is a form of expression that allows for the communication of ideas over greater time and space than language alone. Cuneiform, the Sumerian system of writing, evolved from a system of clay tokens used to represent goods. By the 4th millennium BC, this evolved into a more standardized method for accounting.  The Sumerian cuneiform and the Egyptian hieroglyphs are historically considered to be the earliest true writing systems. Both systems emerged from proto-literate symbol systems circa

3400–3200 BC, with the earliest coherent texts about 2600 BC.  Thus writing, as we normally conceive of it, is probably only about 5000 years old. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues 4th Chakra

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fourth Chakra

Karma Burning: Interpersonal Relations

The issue of the fourth chakra, Anahata, is interpersonal relations. When this chakra is in balance and supported by healthy consciousness springing from the clarity of the first three 4th chakra, anahata, karma, agape, unconditional love,  tantric qigong, inner peacechakras, we get an open, powerful heart energy. Once this occurs, relations will tend to have the qualities of unconditional love, gratitude, and compassion.

We can all agree that this is an ideal worth working towards. Culturally though, we are not quite there yet. The quality of the fourth chakra’s expression can be, and is, heavily influenced by the lower three.

Relations that have the third chakra as their foundation will be colored by personal power, seeking either control / submission, or cooperation.  If the first two chakras are not clear and balanced, relations will take on aspects of anxiety, vulnerability, self-centered pleasure seeking / pain avoidance.

It may be that love is a relatively recent human development.  Early hominids were concerned with survival and dominance, and their approach to this was fairly self-centered.  Living in survival mode without tools and language, these hominids were probably closer to animals than what we would identify as human.

Homo erectus (circa 1,800,000 BCE – 300,000 AD)  was probably the first hominid to live in a hunter-gatherer society, develop a proto-language, shape more sophisticated stone tools, routinely use fire, and invent the concept of human cooperation. Homo Erectus developed a much larger brain than his predecessors, which aided in the aforementioned inventions. This larger brain and cranium presented new difficulties with childbirth, resulting in the need to birth earlier, and the infants birthed were, in a sense, “premature”. They needed to be smaller just to pass through the birth canal. The resulting infants required much longer to mature to semi-self sufficiency, needing extended nurturing and protection in their longer state of helplessness. Somewhere between Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens, this developed into love and altruism.

Homo Erectus was probably the first hominid to live in small band-societies, the simplest form of human society. A band generally consists of an extended family or clan having no more than 30 to 50 individuals.  A group such as this would have enhanced abilities to defend themselves and hunt in a coordinated group. The earliest evidence of hearths is also associated with Homo erectus. Evidence seems to indicate that these hearths were used for cooking,  warmth, defense against predators, and are likely to have been places of social interaction, making Homo Erectus socially more like modern humans than their predecessors.

buddha, ascension, fourth chakra, anahata, tantric qigong, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, 8 twists of silf, ba duan jing, qigong, enlightenmentWe can see the general curve of human evolution described by the self-centered survival consciousness of early hominids (chakras 1-2), to Homo Erectus’ ability to cooperate and organize themselves into small societies (Chakra 3), to the full-blown and complex forms of social cooperation, interaction, and altruism of Homo Sapiens (Chakras 3-4).

We are on our way, in time, to evolve into a heart-based and compassionate culture. This is not to say that there are no atavistic throwbacks to our early hominid ancestors. Take a look at corporate greed and national politics to see just two examples. As we continue to evolve, Homo Superior or Homo Spiritualis will have the needs of the first three chakras met in a balanced and reasonable way, and will act from the foundation of the heart. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues: 3rd Chakra

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Chakra Issues: Third Chakra

Personal Power

Manipura, the third chakra, is a potent reservoir of qi (chi) in the body. Earthly qi can enter the body through the feet, can be activated or “pumped up” at the Muladhara chakra, and when combined with atmospheric qi, creates life force which can be stored in Manipura. This vital force can be quite dynamic and, like a ChakraBanner3battery, can be in motion or exist in either a potential or quiescent state. Besides the absorption of earthly qi through the feet (or perineum / coccyx if sitting), we can acquire earthly qi through the digestion and assimilation of food. Once assimilated and combined with the heavenly qi we absorb through the breath, this energy becomes our personal qi or life force. 

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Vitality is required to keep the body, mind, and emotions healthy and in good working order. Once these basic needs are satisfied, any surfeit of vitality becomes personal power. In many with Western mindsets, active vitality has a strong tendency to be applied externally, and if one’s personal power is thwarted in some way, this energy can internalized, often in an unhealthy way.  If the first chakra mediates the flight part of the fight or flight response, the third chakra is in charge of the fight part. The primitive part of ourselves feels that the best defense is a strong offense.

 There is no guarantee that one will use one’s life force appropriately in a karma-free sense. Here are some examples of karma inducing uses of personal power:

Externally: one can use one’s personal power to manipulate or dominate other people or the environment. Anger is a subset of this: it appears as the “cure” for our power being thwarted.      Hatred, violence, are other examples.

Internally;  the energy of attack (anger) can be turned against one’s mind and physiology -self hatred, allergies, auto immune conditions, visceral organ malfunction and degradation.

Examples of the appropriate use of personal power:

External: manifesting your desires without karmically infringing upon another, selfless service.

Internal: Self mastery, commitment to a course of personal development, development of spiritual willpower, surrendering to your higher self.

When we have attained the highest level of personal power, and have manifested all our worldly desires, we may begin to yearn for something beyond power and the material. This is spiritual yearning (see: The 3rd Chakra and the Spiritual Purpose of Power ). © 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com. All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues: 1st and 2nd Chakras

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chakra Issues: First and Second Chakras

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Karma Burning: Survival

All fears can be reduced to some flavor of fear of death or concern for one’s welfare and survival. Even social anxiety i.e., fear of being judged or cast out of the tribe to fend for oneself, woChakra 1 and 2 Muladhara, Vishuddiuld have its origin in a concern for personal survival in Paleolithic times. One of the reasons homo sapiens, and primates in general, have adapted and flourished in a hostile world has been the ability to use the group for defense, territorial dominance, food gathering / growing, etc. In modern times, these now irrational fears have led to economic, cultural, and military “dominance displays” which could, in extremis, threaten all human life on this planet.

Karma Burning: Gratification

Gratification is a pleasurable reaction that results from the fulfillment of a desire. The personality trait of uninhibited pleasure-seeking results in a tendency towards hedonism. The inability to experience normal pleasure, desire, or motivation in life is sometimes termed anhedonia.  William James described anhedonia as a “passive joylessness and dreariness, discouragement, dejection, lack of taste and zest and spring.”*

The second chakra has a powerful role in sadness and depression, and one sure sign of depression is a reduced ability to take gratification in simple things as food, friends humor, conversation, sex, etc.

Depending on the degree, delaying gratification could be seen as a valuable life skill related to long term success, happiness, even spiritual awakening.  An example of the latter would be the transmutation of sexual energy, e.g. delaying orgasm and sending your Kundalini upward through the central channel, or the spinal nadis, awakening the chakras and knowledge of the higher Self.

A more permanent pattern of denying gratification without any excitation or transmutation of life force can be a clinical state of avoidance related to a moralistic denial of expression. © 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.

*Varieties of Religious Experience Lecture VI, The Sick Soul, William James 1902

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Karma Burning: Chakra Issues part 2

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Tantric Qigong Karma Burning: Chakra Issues,  Breath, Emotional Intelligence and Evolution

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Referring to the tendency of modern technology to be shaped by Paleolithic emotional patterns, Einstein was alleged to have said “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity…All our lauded technological progress–our very civilization–is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal…The human spirit must prevail over technology.”  How can we achieve this process of accelerated evolution implied by Einstein?  Try this breathing technique when you feel emotionally challenged: Keep your back straight, inhale slowly and deeply to a count of 5, exhale slowly to a count of 5. Repeat 1-3 times or until calm. If you know the Third Eye Balancing technique, you can also use it to balance your mental / emotional state.

Do this interpersonal experiment: the next time you are confronted by someone who is experiencing great anxiety, anger, or pain, ask them to take a deep breath. The person controlled by the atavistic urges of the amygdala will blast you for suggesting this. The more evolved will endeavor to comply.  

The intention to mediate our bestial aspects is associated with the higher cortical centers which can override the amygdala / brain-stem reactions. I have yet to see a convincing medical Tantric qigong, conscious breathing, spirtual evolutionexplanation for how this intention is generated; this may remain one of the ancient mysteries of spiritual masters. Certainly once put in motion, Intention from our higher centers can subsume and mediate automatic neuro-muscular and endocrine reactions. By asserting control through our higher cortical centers we unite the yin and yang portals of the psychic bridge (third eye) and neutralize the more barbaric urges of the brain stem.

In short, the amygdala represents our primitive aspects and the anterior cingulate cortex and the lateral orbitofrontal cortex develop our higher civilized and spiritual aspects. You can see by the diagram that the anterior cingulate cortex / lateral orbitofrontal cortex is in a direct line between the amygdala / brainstem and the neocortical centers controlled by the third eye (Ajna). It is one of the functions of Cobra Breath to unite and balance these centers, bringing vital, primal energy to the higher centers while soothing and calming the atavistic beast within us. © 2012 Keith E. Hall, www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Karma Burning: Chakra Issues

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Tantric Qigong Karma Burning: Chakra Issues Recurrent emotional and behavioral patterns / habits that are energized and repeatedly re-grooved in our consciousness become Issues.

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Repeated emotional / behavioral patterns that have consistent negative consequences seem to be driven by brain stem and amygdala reactions that are inconsistent with emotional intelligence, or are inappropriate for the stimuli present at the time. We can seem stuck in these patterns like an old vinyl record skipping and repeating the same music over and over. These recurrent emotional / behavioral patterns inform the issues of the lower chakras.brain-evolution-crop-inner-tranq

The human brain is exactly the same as humans living 200,000 years ago. Think about it, we are meeting new, challenging stimuli of the modern world with the same neural circuitry as nomadic cavemen during the Paleolithic Stone Age. We still treat every new stimulus as a potential danger to be defended against. We are using the same old knee jerk fight-or-flight responses of our ancient ancestors 194,000 years before recorded history began. This explains the reactions of patriarchal cultures of terrorism that are both entrenched in Neolithic tribalism and have access to nuclear and electronic technology – kill it or be killed by it, eat it or be eaten, dominate or die.

The Amygdala, Limbic Resonance and Patterns

The limbic system and the brain stem (reptilian brain) are at the center of these quasi-automatic attitudes and responses. In addition to internal automatic brain stem reactions to a threatening stimulus, we tend to come into attunement with other nearby mammals possessing limbic resonance. If you are in close proximity to a person who is angry, you pick up on this. If you have an adoring cat or dog on your lap, you tend to resonate with their emotion.

The amygdala activates fight or flight responses by receiving neural signals that indicate possible threats slightly before other brain centers. Higher cortical areas receive these signals milliseconds later, making it a challenge to override one’s reactions if we judge that immediate action is required. The difficulty is that the older parts of the brain always react as if the stimulus is a true life and death situation requiring immediate action, although the vast majority of the time it is not.

The amygdala processes information unconsciously and has no sense of chronological time. This means that stimuli perceived as a threat in childhood will tend to be perceived the same way in adulthood. So, a memory of a barking dog that frightened you at an early age is recorded by the amygdala and will set off the same fear reactions with similar intensity if you are presented with the same stimulus in the present. This lack of personal historical chronology at the center of the limbic system may be a basis for the perpetuation of negative emotional / behavioral patterns.

Anterior Cingulate Cortex

The anterior cingulate cortex has a mediating role in rational cognitive functions, decision-making, empathy, and modulation of emotional responses through the abundance of specialized neanterior cingulate cortex Tantric Qigongurons called spindle cells. These cells are a relatively recent occurrence in evolutionary terms, so far found only in humans and apes. Whether we use these cell structures fully or not makes all the difference.

The relationship between the anterior cingulate cortex and more primitive brain structures can even explain one’s choice of politics. A now famous study conducted by the University College London (UCL) demonstrated a correlation between larger development of the anterior cingulate cortex and progressive political identification compared to a larger development of the amygdala in retrogressive political identification. “We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala…political attitudes reflect differences in self-regulatory conflict monitoring and recognition of emotional faces by showing that such attitudes are reflected in human brain structure.“*  © 2012 Keith E. Hall, www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

*Kanai, R., Feilden, T., Firth, C., Rees, G. (7 April 2011). Political orientations are correlated with brain structure in young adults. Current Biology

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Karma Burning: Sahasrara

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Karma Burning: Transcendence & Sahasrara, the Crown Chakra

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 He who loses himself will find himself.  Matthew 10:39

sahasrara, Inner-Tranquility, tantric qigong, self-mastery, crown chakraThe crown chakra is the connection between the physical body and its energetic emanations, energy bodies, etc. There is not really an emotion per se associated with this chakra, the closest we come is a sense of liberation or spiritual ecstasy resulting from a release from the confines of ego.  Transcendence can be defined as that which goes beyond any possible intellectual knowledge, a full spiritual awakening or liberation from egocentricity, a condition of going or being beyond ego. The mantra which describes this is:  “Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Swaha!”, i.e. go, go, go beyond, go beyond beyond, all hail the goer! (Enlightened one).

In religious experience, transcendence is a state of being that has overcome the limitations of physical existence and perhaps become independent of it. This state of being in connection with the universal self can sometimes be experienced through processes which expand the boundaries of our definition and our consciousness, and can include prayer, meditation, entheogen induced extasis, tantric practices, and spontaneously experienced out of body states. All the great religious traditions of the world to some extent share the belief of the possibility of transcending the ego, even such a staid authority as the Catholic Church:

          Freeing itself from the sensuous world by purification (katharsis), the human soul

          ascends by successive steps through the various degrees of the metaphysical

          order, until it unites itself in…contemplation to the One, and sinks into it: it is

          the state of ecstasis.

-The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10, Herbermann, Charles George 1907-1913yin-yang, inner-tranquility.com, t'ai chi. t'ai chi chuan, tantric qigong

Just as the t’ai chi symbol (yin yang) contains the seed of its opposites, so transcendence can contain an aspect of immanence.  We can be alive, but have consciousness outside the body; we can be in the world, but at the same time not of it. © 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com. All rights reserved.

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Karma Burning: Ajna, the 3rd Eye

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Karma Burning: Ajna, the 3rd Eye:  Serenity / Equanimity

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As we delve into the emotions related to the head chakras, we may be surprised to find that little to none are resident there. Emotions are deeply connected to the body and the somatic chakras, whereas the chakras of the head are more connected to mental and spiritual realms. If one were to affix an appellation to the emotion of Ajna, it would be inner peace, tranquility, equanimity, or serenity.

Equanimity…is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion

 and love. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted,

       immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will. -Gil Fronsdal, Insight Meditation Center

 

Shri YantraNEW-Inner-TranquilityEquanimity can be seen as evolving from a state of stability or composure arising from a deep witnessing and acceptance of this present moment.  Far from analytical aloofness, spiritual equanimity results in a clarity and a kind of calm, warm, state of being.

Serenity is defined by some dictionaries as “a disposition free from stress or emotion”, and “steadiness of mind under stress.” Stress, as we know, is a combination of anxiety, discomfort, and irritability brought on by the inability to fully control a given situation. In other words; fear, pain, and anger: the emotional denizens of the first three chakras. The ability to maintain a serene affect when challenged by the negative emotions of the lower three chakras is a prima facie case for a certain degree of self mastery.

While the emotions present in the fourth and fifth chakras do not have any negativity in their resident aspects (Love and Joy), these emotions can have a dynamic quality to them that affects the body quite strongly. At times the emotions of Love and Joy can be overwhelming, and in their most profound expressions can fill the body with an energized exuberance.  While a delightful state, this is quite different than the calm landscape of serenity. Using the model of Kundalini ascension, one could see how the exuberance of chakras 4 and 5 could “boil up” and gradually evanesce or distill into a refined sense of presence and inner peace at the sixth chakra.

            God grant me the serenity

            to accept the things I cannot change;

            courage to change the things I can;

            and wisdom to know the difference. –Reinhold Niebuhr

 

This famous quote from the Serenity Prayer is interesting in terms of the dynamics of the chakras. We have serenity, a function of the third eye, acceptance, an energy of the 4th chakra, courage, which can be a power of the third chakra, and wisdom and discernment bring us back to the third eye. In other words, intention, steadfastness, and surrender when enjoined can help create presence and wisdom.

Limbic resonance, aka empathic resonance, is a psychiatric theory delineating how humans and mammals in general express the capacity for sharing deep emotional states which arise within the limbic system through non-verbal interconnectedness or a kind of psychic quantum entanglement.  These states include the feelings of empathic harmony (dopamine circuit), and the emotional states of fear, anxiety and anger (norepinephrine circuit). This theory is the first well defined medical hypothesis to address the mechanics of non-verbal emotional communication in both humans and some animals.  What psychiatry is attempting to describe in neurologic terms, Tantric and Taoist practitioners attain through the practice of meditation, conscious movement and techniques such as mantra, Transmuting Breath, and Cobra Breath. Inner tranquility and attentiveness would be prerequisites for conscious mastery of the lower emotions, non-verbal attunement, and the attainment of harmony, syntony, and empathy.

If we think about this in quasi-Taoist terms, serenity and equanimity could be seen as the fulcrum of balance between negative and positive emotions, between the soma and the subtle energy bodies, between our embodied sense of the heavenly (cosmic consciousness) and earthly realms (vitality, emotionality, and sensuality). © 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com. All rights reserved.

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Qigong, Osteoporosis and Bone Density

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Qigong, Osteoporosis and Bone Density

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In an study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion and the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials was undertaken to determine the health benefits of Qigong, including various T’ai Chi forms.  T’ai Chi is a more recent moving form of the ancient practice of  Qigong.  This article deals specifically with results pertaining to osteoporosis and the ability to recover bone density.

The usual recommendations for increasing bone formation and strength are resistance and weight bearing exercise. Although Qigong does not usually involve significant resistance in the muscular sense, and only nominal weight bearing, four separate studies revealed positive effects on bone wellness.  This was particularly noticeable in post menopausal women. Bone loss was slowed and fractures were less common. One study showed improved bio-markers for bone health.  More specifically, bone density actually increased in women.  Additionally, H H Chen showed that a 12 week program of training in The 8 Treasures (Baduanjin qigong) showed significant improvements in bone mass compared to a control group.

This results may seem counter-intuitive for practitioners steeped in the western allopathic model. How can bone mass increase with no resistance training and only minimal weight bearing? This one of the very many mysteries to the western mindset of these ancient Taoist practices. It may very well be possible that these outcomes are related to the stimulation of the endocrine system via the channeling of vital energy (qi, chi) through the chakras, which have partial control over the functioning of the endocrine glands. We study this in some depth in our advanced levels of Tantric Qigong training. (c) 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

Jahnke, et al. A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. Am J Health Promot. 2010 JUL-AUG; 24(6): e1–e25.
US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health PMC3085832.
Chen HH, et al. Am J Chin Med. 2006;34(5):741-7.   PMID: 17080541

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