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Common Mistakes Newbies Make When Practicing Qi Gong

1. Failing to Institute a Daily Practice: A very common mistake for qi gong beginners. Some students just practice once or a few times a week when they come to class. Expect sporadic results if you practice sporadically. If you practice for two days and then take two days off or take a day off after practicing for three straight days, it’s like one keeping on turning off the heat of a kettle of water before it has the chance to boil. If you are a new student and have difficulty establishing up a daily or regular qigong practice, do not fret, you are not alone.

2. Failure to Follow Instructions: This is really a big but common mistake new students tend to make. An example would be a practitioner instructing students to breathe though their noses, not their mouths. Most beginners would often dismiss or ignore this instruction. In qi gong or any endeavor, the three prerequisites for success are – a) The technique, b) The instructor, c) The student.

3. Unable to Truly Relax: You simply cannot practice qi gong if you’re unable to relax. Relaxing is the most fundamental requirement in qi gong. Most people practice this activity because it helps them to relax. The first thing a student should do is relax when practicing qigong. But aside from learning to relax physically, one must also learn to relax spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. If you are able to do this, you’ll be able to accomplish one of the central skills of qigong which is to bring yourself in a qi gong State of Mind.

4. Not Establishing Set Goals & Objectives: In order to attain optimal results out of your qigong exercises, you need to answer a couple of basic questions. Also, when it comes to establishing goals and objectives, there is usually an ingredient missing that make most people fail in their endeavors. This ingredient is Clarity. This means you clearly know what you want and more importantly why you absolutely need to have it.

5. Being Content Learning from DVDs and Books: Qigong is a Chinese martial and healing art, and as with all arts, it needs to be mastered. And how can you master it from merely watching DVDs and reading books? If you are really serious about qi gong, you need to learn it from an expert or one who is master himself. Learning qi gong from a master or expert face-to-face is the best, fastest, and easiest way to learn. It is very difficult to learn qi gong from a book.

6. Giving Up Too Soon: A lot of people are quitters. They quit the moment they feel their undertaking becomes harder and harder. This happens a lot in qi gong exercises. The reason beginners usually quit is because they set unrealistic goals that they base on exaggerated claims they usually hear from uninformed or poorly informed people. You need to know right now that qi gong isn’t going to give you super magical powers like you see in Hollywood movies and films.

7. Square Holes, Round Pegs: What this means is that a lot of students have certain preconceptions, usually wrong, of what they should expect when they practice qi gong in a certain manner. Most of them think that the exercise adage of no pain, no gain also applies to qi gong and because of this some of them practice qi gong long and until their whole body aches. Well, that is not what qi gong is all about. Qi gong is not the same as ordinary exercise.

If you’re making any of these mistakes, whether you’re a novice, intermediate, or advanced practitioner of qi gong, they can significantly affect the outcomes of your practice.

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