Qigong Remedy: A Natural Stress Relief

Do you ever have those days when you just don’t have enough time to get everything done, when no matter what you do, time is just Too Short and you feel crammed in body, mind and spirit? You know what I’m talking about — those times you Just Feel STRESSED.

On an energetic level, stress is actually stagnant chi. When things pile up in our lives and in our psyches, we either become exhausted and depressed, or hyper and driven, or some combination. If, during those times — no matter how busy you are — you can create a sense of internal spaciousness, you’ll develop an ability to shift your experience of linear time. In a sense, you can enter a “time out of time” where your chi is able to move more freely and transform how you are experiencing whatever may be happening in your day.

This qigong remedy actually takes very little time to create a sense of spaciousness. When you practice “As Above, So Below,” see if you can imagine space opening, not just in your body, but in your life too. Let time become elastic, not stopped, exactly, but stretched out.

Vicki Dello Joio, founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program, is a teacher, speaker and performing artist. Integrating over 40 years of Chi Kung practice with other martial arts as well as her work in Yoga, Feldenkreis, physical fitness and theater, Vicki has developed a dynamic set of tools to increase awareness, transform obstacles into opportunities and enhance creative potential. Book: The Way of Joy: An Evolutionary Process to Awaken Inspiration, Focus Intention and Manifest Fulfillment, CD: Short Meditations for a Busy Life.
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  • Dbelk

    I love this qigong remedy. And just the sound of your voice, Vicki, helps me to relax back, center, and feel calmer. Thank you.

    • http://www.vickidellojoio.com Vicki Dello Joio

      Thanks you so much, Donna. I am so glad you enjoyed it

  • Karen S.

    Oh, Vicki, that felt so good. Every time I do this I am amazed at how strongly I feel this and how effective it is to bring me to a more spacious and centered place and so quickly. Thank you so much for doing these vlogs!

    • http://www.vickidellojoio.com Vicki Dello Joio

      It is one of those lovely “quick fix” practices, Karen. Does it for me too, tho I confess that after I recorded the vlog, I went back to practicing for longer cua it felt so good

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Winsor/100001247254043 Cathy Winsor

    Again Vicki, your vlog came right at the perfect time for me. I’ve watched it a few times and I do the exercise along with you. It takes the franticness right out of me. I loved it! My chi and I thank you so much. Until spring. XXXCathy

  • http://www.cherylmcdonald-art.com/ Cheryl McDonald

    perfect timing Vicki! I was doing some meditation to balance myself this morning- The new year has started off with a bang and I was beginning to get a bit manic. This technique is going to be very useful for me I am sure. Thanks!

  • http://www.GreatHealthIsPossible.com/ Maureena Bivins, PhD

    Elastic time, internal spaciousness, ‘time out of time,’ –love it! Honoring our own rhythm and pace is so difficult to do in our society but it’s something that I’ve learned to do out of necessity. I always look forward to moving with your videos! It provides a welcome respite from “doing.”

    Maureena Bivins, PhD
    Acupuncture & Somatic Therapy
    http://maureenabivinsphd.com

    Curious. Committed. Compassionate.
    What do you look for in a health care provider?

  • Sandra

    That was good Vicki. Just what I needed in that moment. Sandra

  • http://julieannecasefromtheheart.com Julieanne Case

    Ah yes, I remember being frantic. I’ve felt a lot recently about not having enough time in a day. I’ve played around with the time concept. One time there was no way I could get to an appointment on time. I told myself that I could, that I was in control of time – it wasn’t in charge of me. I don’t know how but I got there on time and I didn’t race. I just made that decision and allowed time to expand for me. Time to play with it again!

    Julieanne Case
    Always from the heart!

    Reconnecting you to your Original Blueprint, Your Essence, Your Joy| Healing you from the Inside Out |Reconnective Healing | The Reconnection| Reconnective Art |

    http://thereconnectivehighway.com

  • http://twitter.com/MosaicTutoring Cory Zacker

    Love this one, Vicki! My clavicles are indeed smiling! (That’s a new visual for me – how great!) We’ve all been in that frantic place you describe, but simple techniques like this one really help. Thanks for this new tool in my toolbox!

  • http://www.ourlittlebooks.com Candace C. Davenport

    I want you to please come and sit on my shoulder all day- every time you feel my shoulders start tightening up, I want you to whisper in my ear to either get up and do one of your exercises, or to just CUT IT OUT!

    Actually, that would be pretty cool to clone yourself and sell little miniature Vickis to ride around on people’s shoulders… wow- you could then sell clothes for the miniature Vickis, and little houses, and pink cars… You could start Vicki franchises- the world awaits for MVs (miniature Vickis)…

    • http://www.vickidellojoio.com Vicki Dello Joio

      I’m STILL laughing, Candace. What a great compliment and funny image. Can I have little silver cars instead of pink ones? Don’t want the franchises to be TOO femme. ;-)
      Love the original MV

  • http://www.imogenragone.com Imogen Ragone

    This was just lovely, Vicki. I did the exercise and the movement of the hands seems to mimic the movement of our ribs as they expand out and in with the breath. I love your image of the smiling clavicles – really helps allow that width and openness across the front of our chest (where so many of us like to tighten and pull in). As so often, I feel you are expressing concepts of the Alexander Technique in a somewhat different language from what I am used to. The Alexander Technique is so much about allowing ourselves to be expansive and open and you express this beautifully. Thank you!

  • http://www.abigailgorton.com/ Abigail Gorton

    Good Vicki… got me at a super stressed moment because when I tried to watch I discovered sound had stopped working on my computer! Yikes! Stressful. By the time I had google’d it and fixed it, I was… well… stressed! So the exercise came in handy once I could finally hear you!

  • http://susan-berland.com/ Susan Berland

    I have a hard time feel any relaxation in my shoulders but I could actually feel the energy between my hands as I drew them apart and then closer together. Quite powerful!

    Susan Berland
    A Picture’s Worth
    http://susan-berland.com

  • Giselle Whitwell

    This was lovely Vicky, thank you so much for sharing the simplicity of relaxation! A Joyous New Year to You. Giselle

  • http://brendamjones.com/ Brenda Jones

    I actually welcome the frantic activity as it’s those times that my brain makes everything come together and I stop procrastinating and get it all done. BUT… I then need moments like this to relax and get grounded before the energy reaches a point of being too hyper to get anything done. I’ve always been this way. I enjoy all of your videos as they are great momME time moments in my week.

  • http://brandymychals.com/ Brandy Mychals

    I regularly get energy work done so I know the benefits – and love having someone who is an expert work their magic – :-) As a novice myself, I’ll do simple things to relax, keep focused or take breaks as needed…
    Brandy

  • http://twitter.com/jenniferpeek Jennifer Peek

    You have such a great way of describing the practice movements – from the kangaroo tail on the ground to clavicles smiling. Your videos always seem to be just the perfect fit. I especially needed this after 24 hours of travel!

  • http://www.thereflectivewriter.com/ Judy Stone-Goldman

    The very words “inner spaciousness” help me open up inside. I recognize both sides of the stressed continuum – exhausted and stressed and hyper/driven (I do like the latter sometimes because it’s rather exciting to get things done! But I recognize the hazards…) I have some physical ailments that I believe would be helped by better stress management, so this post is a reminder of how I need to direct some of my energy (not just towards the “doing” but towards the time outs).

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    http://www.thereflectivewriter.com
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing

  • Wendee Neilson

    I have done accupuncture to help relieve stress headaches and I can literally feel my chi has become stagnant. It’s amazing how some of these technique really can help.

  • Yvonne Hall

    With my stress level over the Holidays I needed to do this 15 times a day! Thanks for the great video to accompany!
    Yvonne Elm Hall
    http://www.yvonneelmhall.com

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