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Online Qigong Class #189

Qigong With Kseny

This week I received questions about cold hand and feet syndrome. Although there can be many underlying reasons for this, a common issue is often attributed to poor circulation. At the heart of Qigong practice is the enhancement of energy circulation throughout the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, blood is considered the carrier of Qi (energy), and efficient Qi flow is essential for robust circulation. Many Qigong exercises are characterized by their slow and repetitive nature. They gradually elevate the heart rate and body temperature and this helps in more efficient circulation throughout the body. Repetitive muscle contractions generate heat, which can lead to vasodilation (widening of blood vessels). Wider vessels improve blood flow and increase the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues. Engaging in 30 minutes of slow, repetitive movements can lead to a relaxation response in the body, characterized by reduced levels of stress hormones, which can lower blood pressure. This relaxation response also plays a crucial role in activating the capillary circulation, resulting in more efficient blood delivery to the extremities.