Using Qi Gong to Fight Covid 19

You did everything right: you quarantined, wiped down your groceries, wore a mask, stayed out of restaurants and did your best to reduce risk; and yet, you still contracted Covid. What do you do now? Well, in addition to everything your doctor recommends, you might want to add Qi Gong to your regimen to speed up your recovery. One of my favorite Qi Gong masters, is Lee Holden at  He studied with Master Mantak Chia, an early teacher of mine. Master Holden recently wrote about some interesting research highlighting the benefits of using Qi Gong in the fight against Covid.

Lee Holden reported that Qi Gong is being prescribed to COVID-19 patients in China right now, and that the early results are extremely promising: In China, doctors asked 20 patients to practice 12-minute Qi Gong videos at home as a part of their COVID-19 recovery plan. According to the study, “All of the participants who completed the exercises reported a significant decrease in shortness of breath and increased physical ability and quality of life…”

This is what Albert Yeung, an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School with a major in epidemiology said about Qi Gong’s role in recovering from COVID-19 (and similar viruses):  “…Qi Gong is one form of mind-body exercise that helps to decrease your stress reaction, become more relaxed… When you practice Qi Gong you undertake slow, deep breathing which helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system … so this helps a lot with our recuperation and self-healing.”

Of course you don’t have to wait until you get sick to get the benefits of practicing Qi Gong. In fact,there is a strong body of research indicating that practicing Qi Gong regularly strengthens the immune system and may help to lessen the risk, or ameliorate the effects of many diseases.

See also The Art of Chi-Flow: My Experience Studying with Master Mantak Chia by Merryn Jose

See also Sound Healing with Master Mingtong Gu: Lesson One Setting the Chi Field


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Can’t Get Out? Learn Qi Gong at Home with Lee Holden

For over 25 years Lee Holden has devoted his career to helping others learn the powerful principles of Qi Gong. Working in collaboration with Grand Master Mantak Chia, a Qi Gong expert, he has worked to bring the ancient Taoist practice to western culture. Lee Holden is an instructor in Qi Gong, meditation, and Tai Chi, and is a licensed acupuncturist. In addition to his international teaching and private practice, he works as a stress management consultant to several corporations, including Apple and 3Com.

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Qigong Masters & Building the Immune System

| by Merryn Jose

During this time of uncertainty amidst the corona virus, there has been a feeling of helplessness while we wait: wait to leave our houses, wait to develop a vaccine, wait to get the “all clear” signal so that we can resume our lives, our jobs, and the economy. It sometimes feels like there’s nothing we can do to help the situation.  I believe that one of the best ways to use this enforced quiet time and help ourselves is to build our imune systems so that we are better able to resist or lighten the effects of the virus. To that end, I have increased my usual daily qigong practice to include routines from a few of these wonderful Qigong Masters.

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