Stress can also lead to depression and disturbed sleep, which can create other health issues.
We can’t control the stock market or what other people say, feel or do, but we can help ourselves deal with the multiple stresses that we face every day.
To practice Qi Gong is to let our energy flow freely, allowing us to feel more balanced, both physically and emotionally.
Imagine that your head is in Heaven, that your feet are on Earth, and that you are very large, like a giant, connecting Yin and Yang energies.
Begin the Qi Ball exercise, while standing or sitting, with your elbows bent, and your arms held away from your body.
If standing, feet should be shoulder width apart, pointing forward, shoulders and face relaxed, spine straight. Please read more on proper stance in Foundation of internal martial arts.
Tuck in your pelvis to straighten the lower part of the spine.
Now, touch your upper palate with the tip of your tongue. This completes the circular flow of energy that rises up the back and travels over the head to continue down the front of the body.
Rub your hands briskly together. This is the same motion you’d use to warm your hands on a cold day. But this time, add your intention and awareness to the move.
Configure your arms and hands as if you were holding a basketball.
There are three ways to develop and move the energy about in your hands.
The first method is to move the energy back and forth, like a ping pong ball, from hand to hand, or palm to palm.
The third method is to hold the energy ball and begin to slowly and steadily move your hands apart and together, ever so slightly. As you pull your hands apart and then push your hands together, you may experience a magnetic feeling between your palms; this is the compression force of the Qi. The more dense, and stronger, the energy, the more difficult it will be to compress it between your hands. The feeling is as if you were pushing two magnets together.
Keep your hands and fingers soft. Let them flow smoothly through the air. Keep them relaxed and fluid.
Don’t let your hands touch.
You can combine all 3 methods and do them one after the other.
The Qi Ball exercise may be done formally standing or sitting as described with eyes closed, or informally while watching television, for example.
This exercise may be performed for five minutes at a time or longer, as long and as often as you like.
As you perform the Qi Ball exercise, you may begin to feel various sensations such as warmth, coolness, electricity, magnetism, and so on. All feelings and sensations are good; they are all manifestations and types of Qi.
Embrace them, develop them, control them.
References - Qigong Research Society -Health Tips on 04. Mar, 2010
You can watch an example on YouTube. Here is the one I found, but there are many more. Holding the Ball
If you have time, please do the Closing Exercise or just shake counting to 100.
Please read about Shaking at How to build up chi
To begin the closing exercise, stand straight with your feet a comfortable shoulders-width apart.
Stay relaxed throughout your body, close your eyes, and clear your mind.
Swiftly but not stiffly, and in a sweeping motion, raise your arms up along both sides of your body and above your head, as though you are scooping up the energy around you. (Men should raise their left hand just slightly higher above their head than their right hand. Women should raise their right hand slightly higher than their left.)
Next, softly and evenly bend at the elbows and move the palms down toward the bai hui point on top of your head, as though you are pushing energy into the point. Be sure not to touch your head.
Fold your thumbs in slightly, and move your hands down along the front of your body in a steady motion, with palms facing the ground. As your arms and hands move down you should feel energy washing down your body, like a waterfall.
The energy washes down your face, chest, and stomach, and splits off down the legs and out the balls of your feet. You may feel a rush of energy leave your feet, and you may have an external and internal sensation as the energy washes down your body. Repeat 3 times.
Comments: If you have practiced qigong for fifteen minutes or more, you should end with nine repetitions of the closing exercise.