The Universi Qi is a section where Jeff will discuss concepts and ideas related to health and wellness, qigong, philosophies, and mindset.
The Universi Qi is also where Jeff will share some of his "rants and rambles" that will hopefully leave you with a bit of inspiration!
Introduction to the "Reel-ly Nice" Routine (7 mins)
An introduction to the routine based on "Silk Reeling." Watch this video before starting the "Reel-ly Nice" routine. Jeff talks about the silk reeling exercises and where the name came from. Learn about the "kua" and how to bend / fold the kua area during exercises.Enjoy!
Do you feel drained after being around people? If so, then developing healthy boundaries will help you! In this video Jeff discusses the need to develop boundaries especially if you are a highly sensitive person. Self awareness and healthy boundaries are important to our well-being and long term ...
This is Part 2 of Healthy Boundaries. Learn a unique "technique" that has helped many people create healthy boundaries, protect sensitivities, and energy. Follow along, and find the Qi-T-Sheet for Healthy Boundaries in this section:
This video introduces the new Qigong practice called "May the Fourth Be With You" found in the Long Routines Section: https://qigongforvitality.vhx.tv/long-practices/videos/may-the-fourth-be-with-you
This style of Qigong closely follows the body's natural internal rhythm, which is very similar t...
Discover "back breathing" and Jeff''s comparison to two barrels moving apart. This form of breath is more of an advanced technique. It's best to do this while standing in one spot as opposed to during the Qigong exercises. Visualization is an important part of it. Feel your body open and expand.
Universi Qi Episode 18 - Philosophy vs Practice (5 mins)
Explore the difference between 'philosophy' and 'practice' in Qigong. When you combine 'practice' with the underlying philosophy, you create intention and a deeper personal practice. Understanding why you are doing an exercise or movement and how it affects your body makes a big difference. Enjoy...
Universi Qi Episode 17 - Finding your practice (11 mins)
Learn how to find a Qigong style that resonates with you. With all the different full routines in the Communi Qi it can be a challenge figuring out which one is right for you, so this exercise will help.
Discover the concept of "xi" breathing. In Qigong, you want to maintain a fine steady stream of air when you are exhaling. Jeff gives a practical visual of how to envision your breath as you release it. Move deeper into your own Qigong practice by incorporating steady "Xi" breaths.
Universi Qi Episode 14 - Restraint vs Relaxation (3 mins)
Learn the difference between 'relaxation' and 'restraint'. Two different ways of viewing and responding to situations and the world in general. When we restrain our energy, it causes restriction and stagnation. When we relax into a situation, our response is much healthier.
How we frame experiences impacts our perception of them. We get to choose our response to events. Regular Qigong practice gives us the mental space to take a step back and frame or (re-frame) situations in a way that is helpful and healthy.
Universi Qi Episode 11 - Respond vs React (4 mins)
Explore the difference between 'responding' and 'reacting'. How we respond or react is up to us. When we react, the primitive part of our brain kicks into gear. When we respond, the prefrontal cortex (the more evolved part of the brain) is activated. This allows us to apply logic and reasoning to...
Jeff introduces the concept of 'open joints' and how to incorporate this into your Qigong practice. Qi needs to move first to the muscles and then into the joints. Your muscles should feel strong but relaxed. He suggests starting with bringing attention to the hips and the shoulders. By noticing ...
Universi Qi Episode 9 - Medical versus Health Care (3 mins)
In this episode, Jeff discusses the difference between medical care and health care. He explains the importance of both. When combined, health care AND medical care provide the best of both worlds! What things do you do for your medical care? What things do you do for your health care?
Universi Qi Episode 7 - A Qigong Lesson From Nature (2 mins)
Contrast a majestic weeping willow tree with that of an evergreen tree. Jeff uses the analogy that we should be like the weeping willow, able to move and flow with change, yet come back to our centre. The evergreen is strong but rigid and when the wind blows it does not move with the wind, but ca...
Universi Qi Episode 5 - Coordination in Qigong Practice (2 mins)
When you first start practicing Qigong, you may just be following along with the movements which is great. Keep going! But as your practice evolves, there is a sequence of events to focus on. Start with staying grounded throughout, breathing naturally and relaxing the body. As you progress, there...
An introduction to the Qigong routine called "Emotional Release" found in the Longer Practices section. Learn how emotions can become trapped in the body and the concept of somatic memory. The Emotional Release routine cleanses the mind of unwanted thoughts and emotions.
In this episode Jeff speaks about burnout, and its causes from a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view. Understanding why you are feeling tired, drained, and 'flat' is the first step in overcoming burnout.
Universi Qi Episode 2 - Activate versus Allow (3 mins)
In this episode Jeff discusses the difference between "activate" and "allow" as it applies to your body's energy movement. 'Activate' refers to intentionally moving your Qi. There is a sense of purpose and intent when moving the body and energy. 'Allowing' the Qi to move is more of an organic pro...