1,000 Days of Dayan Qigong

photo of Cee Cee ShinnI was curious about qigong after a coworker raved about the benefits her mother had experienced, when doctors at UCSF and Stanford were unable to help her. I took my first Dayan Qigong class in 2008, in San Francisco with Dr. Liling Gao. L.Ac. But I didn’t practice afterwards.

About a year later, I was visiting my cousin, Gail Whang, and was inspired by her story of practicing every day for one thousand days. I took a refresher course, and in 2010, started my own 1,000-day journey, which I completed on August 9th, 2013.

I turned 60 this year, and my health has never been better. I feel energized and in tune with my body. I attribute this to qigong, a healthy diet, walking and swimming.

I roll out of bed at 4:30 a.m., and practice for about 10 minutes. It’s my quiet time to warm up and stretch. Sometimes the practice isn’t very eventful--it just feels good. At times I do feel the qi as heat between my hands and there’s a sensation of something powerful around me.

I don’t understand all the technicalities of how qigong works, but I know it does! Overall, I’ve noticed increased flexibility and the absence of joint pain or stiffness. Practicing for 1,000 days taught me discipline, and now Dayan Qigong is an essential part of my life.

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