The Universi Qi

The Universi Qi

The Universi-Qi is a section where Jeff will discuss concepts and ideas related to health, wellness, Qigong, philosophies and mindset. It is also where Jeff will share some of his "rambles" that will hopefully leave you with a bit of inspiration!

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The Universi Qi
  • Universi Qi Episode 28 - How to Manage Emotions (4 mins)

    Jeff discusses a basic mindfulness framework that will help you understand and manage emotions. Learn how habits affect your character. Often we are never really taught how to manage the emotions of happiness, sadness, grief, anger, frustration, anxiety and depression. While there are many approa...

  • Universi Qi Episode 27 - Breath Counting Technique

    Learn a simple structured breath-counting practice that you can use anywhere, anytime. Find your calm with this simple (yet effective) method to keep you on track as you breathe mindfully. Try doing this a couple times throughout your day and notice how much calmer and clear-minded you feel.

  • Qigong and Instinct (2 mins)

    Learn about following your instinct during Qigong and an idea called "Just in Time" learning.

  • Rules vs Principles (3 mins)

    Discover the nuance of rules versus principles as it applies to the Qigong for Vitality approach. A fundamental concept with the intention to focus on "principles" rather than specific "rules." Sometimes this can take more time and energy, but when we truly understand "principles" we can figure o...

  • Universi Qi Episode 25 - Harmonize with Your Space (3 mins)

    You can't always control the environment around you, but you can adjust your way of being within it. When practicing Qigong it's beneficial to harmonize with your space. Learn to "match" the space you are in, "make peace with it," and harmonize with your surroundings. If you can master this when ...

  • Universi Qi Episode 24 - 10 Most Common Qigong Challenges (26 mins)

    The 10 most common Qigong challenges people face and what to do about them. Issues such as what to do when you have a wandering mind, feel tired after a routine, feel cold, numbness or tingling, experience discomfort or excessive emotions. Another video you may find helpful is: https://qigongforv...

  • Universi Qi Episode 23 - Three Elements of Good Qigong Practice (6 mins)

    Learn how flow-state and the idea of unconscious competence applies to Qigong. Bring your body into a down-regulated state to improve your own Qigong practice. Other videos you might like:
    How to Approach/Learn Qigong (Live Qi Chat)
    https://qigongforvitality.vhx.tv/q-and-a/videos/august-2019-qi-c...

  • Episode 22 - How to use Intention (3 mins)

    How do we apply 'intention' to our practice? Jeff talks about three elements we can apply to improve our intention during Qigong:
    1. Think
    2. See
    3. Feel
    Other videos you might like:
    Using Intention During Qigong (Live Qi Chat)
    https://qigongforvitality.vhx.tv/q-and-a/videos/may-qi-chat
    How to Ap...

  • Healthy Boundaries - Part 1 The Basics (13 mins)

    If you feel drained after being around people, then developing healthy boundaries will help you! Discover the value of developing boundaries especially if you are a highly sensitive person. Self awareness and healthy boundaries are important to our well-being and long term health. Know your limit...

  • Healthy Boundaries Part 2 (15 mins)

    Part 2 of Healthy Boundaries. Learn a unique "technique" that has helped many people create healthy boundaries, protect sensitivities, and energy.

  • Universi Qi Episode 19 - Back Breathing (7 mins)

    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.
    Others videos you might like:
    How to Approach/Learn Qigong (Live Qi Chat)
    https://qigongforvi...

  • Universi Qi Episode 16 - "Xi" Breathing (6 mins)

    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.
    Other videos y...

  • Universi Qi Episode 15 - Strength vs Tension (2 mins)

    Learn about the difference between strength and tension. Discover how having a balance between strength and tension is necessary for health and cultivating a more effective Qigong practice.

  • 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.

  • Universi Qi Episode 13 - Intention (3 mins)

    "Qigong without intention is light exercise." Discover why intention is so important to your practice.
    Other videos you might like:
    How to Use Intention
    https://qigongforvitality.vhx.tv/the-universi-qi/videos/episode-22-how-to-use-intention
    How to Approach/Learn Qigong (Live Qi Chat)
    https://qigo...

  • Universi Qi Episode 12 - Framing our Experiences (5 mins)

    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...

  • Universi Qi Episode 10 - Open Joints (4 mins)

    Explore 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. Jeff suggests starting with bringing attention to the hips and the shoulders. By noticing this s...

  • Universi Qi Episode 9 - Medical versus Health Care (3 mins)

    Explore the difference between medical care and health care. Learn about 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 8 - Box Breathing and Qigong (3 mins)

    Learn 'Box Breathing' and the benefits of this simple technique. Box Breathing can be done during 'Horse Stance' for a deeper Qigong practice.
    Other breathing videos you might like:
    Should You Breathe Through Mouth or Nose?
    https://qigongforvitality.vhx.tv/q-and-a/videos/should-we-breathe-throug...

  • 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 6 - Hidden Benefit of Qigong (3 mins)

    Learn about one of the hidden benefits of Qigong! You don't need to force it but with regular practice you will start to see this unfold in yourself!