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    Hi Paul
    I am only in week one, l love the pace, amount of time for each segment, and
    the clarity and precision of instruction, thank you
    I concur with others at the challenges presented by this seemingly simple
    movements. I am noticing how for me, asymmetries/imbalances in the body have
    become more noticeable with age. I wonder if you can address this
    I did Tai Chi and Chi Kong a long time ago, some of the teachings are coming
    back to me, but I consider myself a beginner, although I have been a Yoga
    practitioner for a long time
    Again thank you
    Monica

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    Monica
    I am also a beginner. I would like to mention it is my understanding during Zhan Zhuang (Standing) we may feel various physical discomforts, imbalances, energy blockages etc., in the body. However, by continuous practice of Standing we may eventually resolve many of these issues as the body releases, heals, creates, rebuilds, and adapts, which take time. Also, I have found by adapting the 70% of capacity application in training and the next time push a little further I have been making progress vs. western ideology in pushing the body 110% in exercises. For example, I started Standing in the AM as the sun rises (back toward sun) a few minutes a day and each week I am increasing the time towards a goal of about 20 to 25 minutes. Periodically I use a timer and once in a while play Zen type music, but mostly Stand outdoors in my backyard.

    Mike

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    Hi Michael
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I guess having imbalances, blockages is more common than i though, and I am glad to hear they can be helped/healed trough this practice. The imbalance that mostly occupy my thoughts is between the left and right side of the diaphragm, which complicates the breathing. The idea of standing in the garden each morning is something that I plan to implement, great way to start the day!
    Thank you

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    Hi Monica,
    it’s true imbalances do become more noticeable with age. Imbalances are
    generated by either the “inset” of illness and injury in the body, which creates
    contractions or assymetrical use of the body, e.g. using the dominant hand to
    do all refined motion, which creates strength and skill on one side and atrophy on the other.

    Qi gong addresses this in two ways: either by exercising the body together
    at the same (Circling Hands) or left-right alternate (Cloud Hands and D&T).
    This method helps to create a balanced use of the body. Also, qi gong is designed to release accumulated, blocked, stagnant and condensing qi from illness and injury,
    allowing the body to return to a natural state of function. The longer these
    negative energies have been in the body, the stronger the imbalances will be. growing your awareness and practising little and often will serve as a good counterbalance. So is the journey of qi gong…

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    Paul, Thanks for your thoughtful answer, sorry it took me a while to answer.
    I haven’t been injured as an adult, but I had a serious fall as a child, that may have set some patterns, which may be what I am dealing with now.
    I hope is not the “inset” of an illness.
    Hopefully with practise my body will remember the alignment and relationship with gravity that once new well, I will keep in touch

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