TEST YOUR QI
STEP 1: TEST FOR HARMONIOUS QI
Review the following list of signs of a strong and balanced qi. Write down the qualities that you experience on a regular basis.
- Little or no pain
- Happy and peaceful
- Normal body temperature
- Pink tongue
- Good stamina
- Normal pulse rate and volume
If you exhibit at least six qualities above, you have ample Qi. Your Qigong practice will be less focused on PURGING and more focused on TONIFYING and CIRCULATION practices.
STEP 2: TEST FOR QI IMBALANCE
Review the following list of signs of deficient or stagnate qi. Write down the qualities that you experience on a regular basis.
- Chronic Fatigue
- Anger, fear, worry, anxiety, grief
- Stress, tension
- Frequent colds or flus
- Allergies (food, sinus or skin)
- Overly emotional states
- Too hot/too cold
- Red, pale, or coated white tongue
- Digestive, bowel or lung problems
- Sexual or menstrual difficulties
- Slow, fast, weak or erratic pulse
If you exhibit at least six qualities on the list you are showing signs of Qi stagnation or Qi deficiency. Your qigong practice will be focused on PURGING and TONIFYING and less on CIRCULATION. In qigong it is highly recommended to have ample healthy qi before circulating it. It is not beneficial to circulate weak or ill qi around your body and to others.
*do not purge an extremely qi deficient condition and do not tonify disease like cancer or flu. Always consult a TCM doctor for qigong prescriptions for a specific condition
STEP 3: CONCLUSION
If you exhibit less than six qualities from both step 1 or step 2, this signifies that you are relatively balanced. In this case you can focus on any kind of qigong routines including a complete qigong routine that involves PURGING, TONIFICATION and CIRCULATION. Even in average healthy people there can be some imbalances because we do not have control over the toxins in our environment, food sources, accidents and other external factors that put stress on the body. If we respond quickly, we can resolve minor health challenges before they become major illness- often by simply working with our energy and giving the body, mind and spirit what it needs.
Every YOQI video contains a colored spiral symbol to help guide you to find the practices that optimize the state of your energy right now. Actually there are no fixed rules about what kind of practice you should do - it’s up to you to decide how you want to be an active participant in the state of your energy.
PURGE + TONIFY
Cleanse, nourish and build Qi
Cleanse, nourish, circulate, refine and store Qi
CIRCULATE + REFINE
Raise your vibration, refine and maintain Qi