Winter Qigong for Longevity in Okinawa Japan | Medical Qigong for the Kidneys & the Lower Dantian

In this video, we’re going to be practising winter solstice qigong in Okinawa Japan. This qigong is specifically designed to increase longevity and health.

This is a special qigong class designed to help you stay healthy and refreshed during the winter season. We’ll be practising qigong in the cold weather to improve our circulation and promote better kidney and lower dantian health. This is a great class for people of all ages, whether you’re looking to stay healthy and energized in the cold weather or simply to enjoy some beautiful qigong in a special location.

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The five seasons, in eastern medicine, correspond to the 5 elements.
Water = Winter
Wood = Spring
Fire = Summer
Earth = Late Summer
Metal = Autumn

Each element represents a phase of life energy, and thus a part our physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. In winter, we have a tendency to draw inwards; Into our homes, our family’s, and ourselves. This drawing inwards is a quality symbolized by Water in Qigong.

The ancient masters mapped regions of the body that seemed to channel these different phases of energy. In the case of this “water” type Chi, they saw that the lower back, knees, pelvis, ball of the foot, kidneys, adrenal glands, ears, and bladder, are all connected by a synchronicity of energy. The Kidneys in particular are used to summarize this organic grouping of traits. When we help this energy to accumulate and flow properly, it restores health to all these areas of the body, as well as giving us the psychological gifts of Water as well: Inner peace, stillness, willpower, and wisdom.

You can practice this routine throughout the wintertime to warm the body through igniting the Kidney Yang, or you can do it anytime you feel you would benefit from cultivating this element.

As a bonus, the Water Phase is relevant to our longevity, so I hope you enjoy the scenery of the tropical Japanese island of longevity, Okinawa 🙂

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