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What's the best time to practice qigong?
March 11, 2017
I don't know....
some say that you should practice at the same time each day some say that first thing in the morning is best because it starts the day in a positive way some prefer in the evening because it helps them to relax after a busy day some say that noon is best some say that you should go by the Chinese medicine meridian clock
What do I think?
I think the best time to practice is whatever time works best for you and that time might be different on different days of the week. Maybe during the week it works best for you to do your practice in the evening and then on weekends you prefer practicing in the morning. Then that's what you should do.
The only constant in my life is the day and time I facilitate qigong practices. Other than those practices my schedule changes daily and weekly. It depends on if I have a website I'm working on, if I have a merchandising job, if I'm teaching a workshop, if the weather is perfect for riding my bike, etc. So the time I practice changes almost daily.
I am a morning person and I like to start working on websites/writing newsletters, creating workshops and such things right after I have my morning coffee. This is when my mind is the freshest and the ideas come to me the easiest. Half way through the morning I'll take a break, do my qigong practice, and go back to the computer refreshed and regenerated.
Other days I'll do my qigong practice right after feeding my critters and having a cup of coffee. On these mornings I don't eat until after my qigong practice. If I eat too soon before doing my practice it can make my stomach a little queasy because of the energy flow and the enzymes kicking into high gear.
And then there are days when I am running from the time my feet touch the floor in the morning. In the evening I'll suddenly realize that I haven't done my qigong practice and I make time for it before I go to bed.
I understand the philosophy of having a regimented practice time but for me, at this time in my life, that doesn't work. I believe the important thing is to practice daily at whatever time works for you. Make it a part of your life. Don't think of your qigong practice as something you have to do. Think of it as something you want to do. This mindset makes a huge difference in how you approach your practice.
In another email we will talk about how long and where you should practice.