Yin Qi Gong
Qi Gong practices are known for their health benefits around the world, but over the last hundreds of years, they’ve been taught by men for men. Most focus on consolidating the lower energy centers.
While there are obvious differences in male and female physiology, our energetic anatomy also has uniquely subtle distinctions. Ancient feminine Qi Gong practices paid less attention to consolidating the lower power centers (we don’t need to), and more attention on the middle energy center of the heart, where we tend to have more imbalances, and more power.
A well known Chinese saying is, “Where the Mind goes, the Qi flows.” When we harmonize our mind, emotions and heart, our power and health increase dramatically. Yin qi gong exercises begin internally, spiral outward, and are more expressive of the heart.
Yin Qi Gong has a balancing effect on the hormones, lifts the mood, improves lymphatic flow, and opens up the joints, especially of the hips and shoulders.
As we continue the practice and our bodies begin to open up, it is not uncommon to witness accumulated tension and experience the stress held in the body-mind. When our histories include feeling unworthy or separate, our inner experience is of physical or psychic states of dis-ease. As we stay with the practice, inner tension begins to unwind, and any symptoms of imbalance tend to drop away. As we learn to understand our own psychic holding patterns, we become stronger, more balanced, flexible, and self compassionate.
Yin Qi Gong Practice
Dr. Lewis takes you through the seven levels with an introduction, and a practice for each level, followed by the full 44 minute practice. Asian philosophy sees the body as a microcosm of the universe, and through these movements we access the infinite wisdom that guides us in our finite movements.
Our bodies tell the story of our lives. And through them we can rewrite the story of our lives. We each contain a unique energetic map to heal the body and aid in the evolution of our soul. As you continue to practice these movements, your inner wisdom will begin to move you.
Dr. Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure (2004), The Way of the Fertile Soul (2007), The Spirit of the Blood (2022), and Birthing The Tao (2023), has become a leading expert in female health with Chinese medicine around the world. She founded Houston’s Eastern Harmony Clinic, created The Fertile Soul Method, and teaches acupuncturists through her Continuing Excellence in Fertility Professionals program. Utilizing ancient Taoist wisdom, her revolutionary process has transformed the lives of many thousands of women.
Dr. Lewis is devoted to deepening the profound wisdom of the Tao in powerful energetic and movement processes, unique to women. They can stand alone as meditative movement exercises, or as a transformative healing journey through the body’s seven energetic levels.
The Seven Levels
The Ox Herder
The Weaver Girl
The Infant Sage
12 Story Pagoda, Dragons Gate
Crossing Heaven’s Bridge
Immortal Peaks, Nine Palaces
Yin Qi Gong
The Seven Levels
The number seven is highly significant in the anatomy of the physical and psychic body. We have seven diaphragms, seven chakras, and seven major nervous plexus. Eastern philosophy speaks of seven aspects of the corporeal soul, which contain the major lessons that tend to challenge us on our life journey.
Practice Level One - The Waterwheel
- Essence: Innocence, primal yin and yang
- Challenge: Not growing up; remaining in the dark
- Benefits: Perineum, opening joints, activating fluid metabolism
Practice Level Two - The Ox Herder
- Essence: Will, drive, creative power
- Challenge: Using our will in the wrong way, or overusing our will power
- Benefits: Pelvis, pelvic diaphragm, reproductive organs, hormonal output, intestines
Practice Level Three - The Weaver Girl
- Essence: Beliefs, ideals, thought process
- Challenge: Staying stuck, choosing comfort over growth
- Benefits: Abdominal and digestive organs, diaphragm, networks of communication, fascia
Practice Level Four - The Infant Sage
- Essence: The true wisdom heart
- Challenge: Emotional truth
- Benefits : Heart, chest, breasts, balance centers
Practice Level Five - 12 Story Pagoda, Dragons Gate
- Essence: Flexibility, linking the wisdom of the heart and head
- Challenge: Rigid ideals, not speaking truth
- Benefits: Neck, thyroid, Windows of Heaven
Practice Level Six - Crossing Heaven’s Bridge
- Essence: Intention, phases of life
- Challenge: Courage to change
- Benefits: Third eye, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, nervous system
Practice Level Seven - Immortal Peaks, Nine Palaces
- Essence: Harmonizing above and below, balance, completion
- Challenge: Letting go of the known, becoming rooted in life
- Benefits: Crown, rooting, integrating heaven and earth
Wo Ling is the name I use to describe this embodied practice for awakening seven aspects of the soul. Wo means abundant or fertile, and Ling is the feminine aspect of the soul, almost entirely neglected in modern days. Ling is the sensory, non-rational aspect of the embodied soul, which contains our life curriculum, destiny, or very reason for being. The ancient pictogram for Ling showed two priestesses dancing rain down from the heavens. Women held the power to transform nature. Their emotions and hormones cycled with the phases of the moon. Women were the creators. The early doctors were female shamans. The ancient feminine practices were eventually snuffed out with the advent of the written word. Heart centered wisdom traditions couldn’t be passed on through talking or writing; tools of the mind. Truth could only be experienced.
Advanced Wo Ling Practice takes the participant through an in depth process where she will delve into her own seven levels through self inquiry, challenging beliefs and lifestyles which no longer fit within the growth and evolution of her own soul.
We will use the myth contained in the Nei Jing Tu, or the Inner Landscape of the energetic body. These yin qigong practices are linked to ancient myths that guide us, through our own life story, to navigate our own inner landscape. The practitioner will then learn to embody the Wo Ling process as these fluid movements become her own.
Your course membership includes scheduled quarterly online meetups with Dr. Randine Lewis (recorded if you can’t join live) with the opportunity for Q&A on the program and it’s many benefits for hormones, mood, lymphatic flow and joint health, along with specific monthly topics of interest including, but not limited to, hormones, fertility, menopause, and more!