woudlnt you think that pranayana is a bit advanced for a beginner?
qigong is just real easy on the body which is great for beginners.
i actually just got back from a 7 straight hour qigong workshop held by one of the monks from wudang mountain in Austin…it was pretty interesting…there was a wide variety of people young and old new and experienced…a few of the younger kids got bored and started drifting off but for the most part everyone seemed to be having a pretty good time, i wouldnt say it was magical or mystical, and didnt hoenstly feel on par as a couple puffs of grass…BUT it was extremely calming and relaxing espiclaly under the fan with the aerodynamics of the movements it really felt like swimming thruogh air…as a newbie my self i found it pretty exciting and fun…its also not exhausting at all, you might build up a bit of a sweat but its much more energizing than exhausting.
i also do qigong twice a week in my taichi class, i havent quite memorized the forms of it yet but my teacher says its okay to practise the pieces i do remember (if you incorporate the berathing into it theres closing techniques and other internal stuff you need to do making it a bit more advanced) in the morning right after i wake up and it completely alievates the stiffness in my back and the groggy feeling.
which kinda reminds me of something iread in an iyengar book…something aruond the lines of…in the morning your mind is awake but body stiff, at night your body lose but mind may have trouble concentrating, so me personally when i wake up youll see me doing qigong and and the standing yoga asanas and tai chi all mixed up into my own little jeet kune do.
but anyways all this anxiety and stress and nervousness seems to come from the fact that people cant just “be”
like when im at the bus stop i see people all around me fidgeting and looking around looking at their watch tapping their foot…theyre midn so diseased with boredom…a kid might pick up a gameboy not because hes itnerested in the game but just because he watns to be doing something,…he doesnt want to be the loser, the borded kid, he wants to eb the happy person with somethign to do smiling, at least other people think hes happy…think he has it figured out…kids know that life is about being happy and they are self contious of it.
adults though are jsut diseased with nervousness and axneity…and i think the answer is to calm the mind whether youre pretending to be a crane or doing the tango or sitting in lotus position or like i said earlier, cuddling…for that moment you arent bored, your mind isnt thinking “damn i only have so much lfie to life to lvie and here i am jut wasting it”
i dunno im getting distracted i have to go