Andy Wright has put together a nine move set, with all the moves benefiting the condition of diabetes. He has researched the best of the best and has created this FREE set of qigong exercises based upon the underlying reasons of good Qi flow.
Most times the body has good energy flow. When a blockage occurs the real world result is an illness. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms appear the said problem has manifested to such a point that the body's reaction is significant.
If people practised Qigong regularly there is possibility that illnesses can be minimised. Once physical signs have begun it is not impossible to recover, it just may take a while longer.
Diabetes has many real world causes other than the standard blocked energy which is only an outward manifestation. For example, the person's lifestyle choices (e.g. a sugar rich diet with no exercise) CAN contribute to the overall condition the body manifests.
Qigong is brilliant but it is not a miracle worker. It is merely a tool to maintaining good health and to prevent and improve your health; HOWEVER you may need to improve other aspects of your life such as increasing exercise (where Qigong can help) and changing the diet (removing toxic additives and sugar / processed products).
In this first lecture you can meet the course tutor and designer, Andy Wright. You'll see and hear about his life and work, with testimonials from real people/students (he teaches classes daily as well as on line). His work encompasses teaching in NHS hospitals as well as Sport Centres and for charitable organisations such as Parkinson Society and MS Society.
In 2014 he had major back surgery that did not go right, and subsequently could not WALK and working was nearly impossible. But his recovery was entirely due to diligent practise of qigong daily and now, 2 years later, he is able to ditch the rollators and wheelchairs for a single stick. The prognosis is not good, because it is likely that he now requires another operation due to loosening screws causing pain.
In this lecture you will learn about the causes and symptoms of diabetes, a debilitating illness that, for type 2, can be partially prevented and also cured with simple lifestyle changes and the practice of Qigong.
Start in wuji stance. Relax your body and mind. Feel the feet connect to the Earth. Keep your head up, as if supported by a string attached to the crown.
Let the hips twist, the arms will follow. Do not consciously move the arms, they will move anyway.
As your hips rotate from side to side more rapidly, allow the arms to swing higher so that one arm will strike the lower back area and the other will strike the shoulder or chest.
Throughout the movement breathe in and out using abdominal breathing.
After 6-12 swings, or more if it feels right, gently slow the movement down, until eventually you come to a stop.
The next move is a side stretch. The distance you lean sideways is irrelevant and unimportant. The main point of this move is the stretch along the side of the body on one side, and the compression on the other.
Lift your right arm over the head, slide the left hand down the corresponding leg. Lean left as far as you feel able. Relax your right arm. Try not to bend your neck but instead keep it neutral.
Take a few breaths, then return the arm down to the side.
Repeat using the other arm, leaning the other way.
Complete equal numbers of repetitions for each side.
This next move activates the bladder and indirectly the kidney meridians. These are water element organs and have an overall effect in combating the diabetes symptoms, improving their efficiency in cleansing the systems of the toxins that will build up.
Bring your hands to hold a small ball. Step to the 10 oclock position with the left leg but keep the weight back and the knee bent on the right leg. Your left leg will be 99% straight, thereby helping to activate the bladder meridian running along the back of the leg. Imagine if you will, the old fashioned type of ladies tights that had a line running top to bottom down the leg. This is the position of the meridian.
Lower the ball held in the hands, down the leg slightly towards the inside aspect, until it reaches the ankle. Lift the toes if not already up. Imagine then, lifting the ball off the foot, circling up and back in to the chest area.
At the same time retrieve your left leg. Continue by stepping to 2 oclock with the right leg keeping the weight back and the knee bent on the left leg.
This movement is called shooting arrows and is effectively improving the lung meridian energy. It has a TCM action of improving the transfer of oxygen into the blood stream which in turn helps with the removal of toxins. The lung meridian runs down the arm from the chest points, to the thumb. The paired organ is the large intestine, this runs the the first finger.
Make the first finger and thumb stick out, loosely fold the remaining fingers.
Cross the arms at chest height, with the outer arm being your left. Step into a wide stance, with your right leg. As you circle the left arm out to the side, sink down into the stance by bending both knees.
Make sure the outstretched arm is shoulder height with the wrist bent and the first finger pointing upwards.
While you are moving the left arm, draw the right hand back towards the corresponding shoulder and lightly place your thumb on the chest. This position is a point on the lung meridian.
The right hand palm will face downwards.
Feel the stretch in the chest. Push the shoulder blades together. Breathe in here, and then breathe out. Draw the right hand around and return the right leg back into wuji stance width. At the same time bring the left down and around so the arms cross at chest height. The right will be in front of the left.
Repeat the move on the right side. Remember to step left with the left leg prior to firing the arrow.
This movement focuses on the kidney and bladder meridians by drawing energy into the kidneys, located in the lower back. Then, just as with the natural processes of the body, the movement shifts the negative energy downward through the bladder channel and into the Earth. The movement is completed by drawing energy up the kidney meridian, located on the inside aspect of the legs.
Start in wuji, hands at waist height, palms up. Rocking slightly forwards so the ball of the feet are engaged with the floor, push both hands forwards. At the arm's maximum limit with elbows still slightly bent, rotate the hands so the palms face outwards. Draw the arms towards the lower back and place the palms onto the kidneys. Massage them with the fingers and palms.
When you feel ready, draw the palms down the very back aspect of the legs, as explained in movement four.
Upon reaching the ankles, circle the palms around the feet and toes and draw them up the inside leg towards the starting position, waist height, palms turned upwards.
Repeat the movement for the desire number of repetitions.
This movement focuses upon the Earth element organs of spleen and stomach. Both are considerably affected with diabetes, and as a general rule their energies are in need of a boost.
Starting in wuji or fractionally wider, bring the hands to the stomach with palms facing inwards. Shift your weight over to the right leg by bending the knee. The left leg is 99% straight. Focus your attention to the inside and front aspects of the left leg and with the palms facing downwards, imagine pushing a force down the leg until both hands reach the foot or floor; which ever you can reach.
Once at the bottom, imagine scooping or gathering something with the hands. Draw that force back up the leg towards the stomach (and spleen located towards the upper left side of the tummy area). The palms will be face up, finger tips facing each other.
When the hands reach the stomach, switch the weight over from the right leg to the left. Push the hands down the right leg, as you did just now. Then, draw energy up.
Keep repeating the movements until you have done the desired number of repetitions.
This is known as BEAR RUBBING TUMMY, and aptly describes the actions. It is working on the main intestinal organs, bladder, stomach, liver, spleen, intestines, gallbladder, etcetera. It is extremely effective for IBS and also controlling constipation and diarrhoea, depending upon the direction you move your hands.
If you have any medical condition to do with any of the organs located here, or indeed are pregnant, then refrain from performing this movement.
It is essential you traverse the correct direction, because the opposite direction, while useful for helping constipation, actually goes against the natural flow.
So bring the hands to the solar plexus, the point at the top where the ribs meet and sternum ends. Place one palm on the back of the other hand so the two mid-points of each hand line up.
Using the heel of the bottom hand on the downward journey of the circle, and the bent claw like fingers on the return, press into the tummy area with as much force as you can cope with, but not in an excessive way.
From the top, move the hands towards your left hip, then downwards towards the groin, then around and upwards towards the right hip, and around to the start position.
Breathe in and out for the whole cycle. If it is painful you should stop. If it is unconfortable, adjust the pressure.
this is the closing move of our set. Standing in wuji, draw both hands to the sides, palms turned out and up.
Breathe in. bring the hands up and around, at head height turn the palms to face down over the crown of the head. The finger tips will face each other.
Breathe out as you draw the hands down the front aspect of the body, passing the forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, navel and around.
Continue the move for the desired number of repetitions.
End with the hands at the navel, reflecting upon your practice and how you feel now.
This is a complete demonstration with music but no commentary to show the entire routine. You can follow along.
A big thank you from the course tutor and creator, in a rare appearance in a "talking head" video.
This resource has some useful background information regarding qigong and the practise thereof
Learn about abdominal breathing, the fundamental task you need to focus on
The visual lecture for abdominal breathing.
Learn and practise wuji stance, the fundamental posture for qigong that requires some time to master
These terms are incorrectly interposed due to ignorance of their real meaning. The key and heart of practise will always be QIGONG, where the benefit is better health.
Listen to real people telling how Qigong has helped them.
My name is Andy Wright and I live in Wiltshire (UK). In 1961 I was born with a condition called cerebral palsy. For quite a number of years the condition was the focus of attention for professionals and the like. Until the age of 8 I was reliant upon a wheel chair for mobility but crawled around on my hands and knees in the house.
When I joined the Scouts I was inspired to get up and walk; having seen the other kids having fun, running around and enjoying themselves. My aim was to walk a few feet (literally) to collect my Christmas present from the School Santa. I don't remember too much about it, but I have been back to the school and noticed the distance was only 6-10 feet. However, it led on to other things... Karate training was responsible for improving my balance and coordination.
Formal education was achieved at Claremont School in Bristol until the age of 11 years and subsequently at Thomas Delarue School in Kent.
After leaving school at 16 years I had a years' worth of work experience followed by 10 months of paid employment. I spent the next 8 years unemployed although I had many social activities going on such as mobile disco DJ, War Gaming enthusiast, CB Radio operator and from about 1986 budding software author (following my purchase of the ZX Spectrum 128k).
In 1989 I started work as a computer software programmer for Avon Tyres and spent a fantastic 5 years developing Quality Assurance applications on the Amstrad 1640.
In 1989 i qualified as a black belt in karate, after training for 4 years and doing regular gradings. Shortly after, 1990, I opened up my own club teaching karate to anyone who wanted to learn, until by 1995 I had a 250+ student base and was travelling the world teaching.
The next position was for Wiltshire Council Careers Department as a part time Computer Engineer and the plan was that the remaining hours would be used to develop a freelance training business, but after 3 or 4 years it did not really take off.
So, in order to pay the bills the next role (in 1998) was a mobile computer engineer working for a variety of companies including HP & COMPAQ. The job meant travel to Lloyds TSB banks and MG ROVER garages to support staff with hardware and software issues.
In 2004 a chance of redundancy meant a quick change of employer but also a change of role to an employment advisor for Shaw Trust. The job involved working with ex-drugs Users to help them back into work and was funded through DWP.
During the years of 1998 and 2004 I had a lot of interest in various holistic health qualifications and trained in a number of them only to discover later that they were not really for me!
I discovered tai chi chi kung through my Australian visits teaching karate, but also as part of shiatsu training with Chris Jarmey. While I did not finish my shiatsu qualification it was a really good grounding to enable the move towards teaching chi kung. I did other courses and joined the Tai Chi Forum for Heath where I took up the Teacher Training qualification.
During the years of 2004-2009, I slowly developed the demand for sessions starting with the local leisure centres and then local voluntary groups. I did a couple of private sessions but had not developed the necessary skills to make them sustainable and they stopped.
Following an appearance at the 2007 Sport England conference the roller coaster that was teaching tai chi had begun to accelerate towards the eventual goal of full time employment; with engagement by several agencies and voluntary groups around the County to teach sessions on a weekly basis.