(This page will be updated as I learn- the current page was last updated on 08.22.2022)
For most of my life, I had this weird thing where I would get deathly sick with excruciating stomach pain and I would always use deep breaths to try to make it better; pain medicine wouldn’t help and sometimes the pain would get so bad I would literally pass out. (Side note- after almost 2 decades, we found out I was allergic to fennel.)
I remember as a kid, and even to this day, whenever I had a pain or stomach issue, I would calm myself and take really deep breaths and it always seemed to help…I didn’t even know what I was doing- I just know it worked.
Jumped to about a week ago- I had tried meditation but it just wasn’t working for me- the only thing that really helped me was learning “box breathing”. My mind is just too busy to set and meditate because it’s like a busy highway and I just can’t get it to slow down.
During my research I found Qigong and Tai Chi. Of course I had heard of Tai Chi but never really thought about it being something I would really be interested in but once I discovered Qigong- I realized I had been doing it all of my life.
Qigong is a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control related to Tai Chi…but it’s more than that.
Qigong literally means “to work with and develop skill with energy.” Energy is breath.
It’s hard to explain as I’m extremely early in learning myself- just know that Qigong is part of Tai Chi but not vice versa.
The best place to start is the “8 Brocades”, which are a set of Qigong exercises that originated in China and have been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years. It’s named this because there are 8 movements associated with it- also known as “8 Pieces of Silk” or “Ba Duan Jin. The name generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality (like that of a piece of brocade.)
Each of the 8 movements sort of have names but their names are basically the actions you take and, as with everything I do, I wanted to take this and make it my own- plus- I need these movements to have actual names.
I am creating “SharQi” (pronounced Shar G). SharQi is also a a word in the Middle East and it’s pronounced Shar-key…so it actually works on 2 levels.
This is, in NO way, to be taken as a disrespect to the practice of Qigong or the amazing history of it- which I am still learning; it’s simply a way for me to incorporate it into Sharketo and adapted it for me personally- the movements are identical.
I will add more to this page as I learn and practice but for now- I’m starting with the “8 Bros of SharQi.”
Love, Peace and Sharkyness
8 BROS OF SHARQI
I have created a playlist on Spotify called “SharQi” which is a collection of calming ocean sounds and is 16 minutes long. I will be doing a warm up and then each movement for 2 minutes each.
- Hands Up, Sharkfins Down
- Parting the Waves
- Neck Breaker
- Sumo Twerk
- Tube Man
- Savage Punches
- Tippy Toe Belly Bounce
The best example of these, that best fit what I’m actually doing, can be found here —> Ba Duan Jin Qigong (YouTube).
The only difference is with the first movement- Hands Up, Sharkfins Down- I’ve watch several full workouts and one man hooked his hands together and used his thumbs to make an upside down triangle so that when you push up, the triangle points down and you look through it- this allows you to stretch your fingers and hands- as well as your arms and just feels better to me.
The current goal is to do these for several weeks until I get them down perfectly and then add more to it- Qigong is simple- yet complex- and there are several other moves you can add for specific parts of the body.