Spring Forest Qigong
There are over 1000 different schools of qigong, Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) being one of the most profoundly simple and effective schools to be found in the United States. Deep relaxed qigong breathing is the cornerstone of SFQ, which then is incorporated with using one’s mind to visualize and focus on positive thoughts and images. Specific body postures or movements are then added. Occasionally sound is used. Balancing one’s energy allows the body to stay healthy, and when needed, to heal like it is naturally inclined to, both physically and mentally. When one’s energy is balanced, eating and sleeping well and living a healthy life are natural outcomes .
An important and beneficial aspect of learning Qigong is that to be the most effective teacher and model you need to embody the knowledge. That is, you have to do more than just intellectually understand it. You need to practice deep natural breathing, use positive imagery, and know the postures. Then you will know the experience of your body’s natural healing ability and of having balanced energy.
In the summer of 2002 a study was completed measuring the efficacy of treating Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Dsythymia with Spring Forest Qigong. It was conducted by Frances V. Gaik, Ph.D., at the Adler School of Psychology in Chicago. The findings of the study suggest SFQ to be very effective treating these conditions. To my knowledge, this is the first study using the rigors of Western science to try and measure qigongs' impact treating any mental illness or emotional problems. Gaik's research opens the door to much greater research of SFQ, but it offers evidence beyond the anecdotal stories that were used to this point. (For more information, go to Qigong Institute)
Spring Forest Qigong was founded by Master Chunyi Lin, an internationally recognized qigong master, now living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Master Lin’s Level 1 teaching consists of seven very simple movement exercises and two sitting meditations. Some qigong schools and exercises can be complex and difficult. Master Lin’s belief is that qigong should be accessible to everyone. To that end, what distinguishes his school is how profoundly simple the exercises are and how quickly it begins to help people improve their physical and mental health. In his few short years in the U.S., there have been thousands of individuals who have been helped by practicing SFQ exercises.
(For the Taoist, the conscious cultivation of breath offers a powerful way not only to extract energies from the outside world but also to regulate the energetic pathways of our inner world, helping to bring our body, mind, and emotions into harmonious balance. Lewis, The Tao of Natural Breathing)
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Spring Forest Qigong
Master Lin teaches his four levels of SFQ through Normandale Community College. He teaches at several locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
"For the Taoist, the conscious cultivation of breath
offers a powerful way not only to extract energies from the outside world
but also to regulate the energetic pathways of our inner world, helping to
bring our body, mind, and emotions into harmonious balance."
The Tao of Natural Breathing