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As a ChiFusion student, how should you organize your practice? How do you decide what material to work on and in what order during your practice sessions?
And as you work your way through the levels of the ChiFusion program, how do you mix and match the skills and exercises you are learning from the various levels?
These are all important questions, because a disorganized or haphazard practice might prevent you from getting all the benefits you want from Tai Chi and Qigong.
But by organizing your practice, you can dramatically increase the health, stress relief, and Chi Development benefits you get from the time you spend.
To help you organize your practice, at the end of each lesson in the ChiFusion Complete Course, you'll find practice recommendations. These recommendations help you focus on the material you've learned to that point in the level in which you are studying. You'll also find suggestions on how much or how long to practice each exercise. These instructions are usually organized to give you approximately a 10-to-20 minute practice routine.
As an example, here are the practice recommendations from the end of one of the lessons in Level 3 of the Complete Course. Notice how we focus your practice on the exercises that are important for the skills you are developing:
You'll notice that our practice recommendations at the end of each lesson are for only the exercises and skills in the Level you are working on.
In the above Level 3 example, the practice recommendation includes only Level 3 material, and does not include material from Level 1 or Level 2.
We generally limit our practice suggestions to your current level, because for most students, practice time is limited. So if time is limited, you should just concentrate on the material your current level.
However, you may find that you have extra time or the inclination to practice more.
If so, we strongly urge you to continue to practice any material from prior levels that you would like, in addition to the material you are working on.
Now, you'll hear from many instructors that if you mix-and-match different Tai Chi and Qigong styles and exercises, you might cause injury or overburden your mind/body/chi systems through an incorrect combination of exercises.
While that may be true in some styles, let me put your mind at ease. Everything in the entire ChiFusion program is compatible. You can mix-and-match exercises from the different levels without concern about causing yourself injury or illness.
Having said that though, you can definitely improve your health, relieve stress, and develop chi much more easily through organizing your practice session.
When combining exercises from different levels in the ChiFusion Complete Course, a properly organized practice session has three parts:
One more thought: When creating a complex practice routine that combines the various levels of the ChiFusion Complete Course, the final "storage" section of practice is important. Assimilation and storage provides long lasting health benefits. According to qigong theory, the stored chi is available during critical periods in order to help us recover from illness, stress, and trauma. Having an abundance of chi may mean the difference between sickness and health, as sufficient chi may even stave off illness.
Unfortunately, we are often tempted to rush through or skip the final storage section of our practice in order to get on to the "next thing" in our life. Skipping this section, though, may mean that we dissipate much of the energy we've just generated, undoing all the good work we've just finished. Instead, it's better to spend the time saving the energy in our "chi bank account" for a rainy day rather than spending it all on whatever comes next in our life.
As always, you have my best wishes for Chi Development through ChiFusion Tai Chi and Qigong,
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