Editor’s note: This is the second part of Kathy Rivera Wallace’s interview with Jeff Primack, a qigong teacher who founded Qi Revolution to introduce the practice to large groups across the U.S. Primack’s Qi Revolution will be at the Houston Convention Center Aug. 22-25.
Kathy Rivera Wallace: When I attended the Qi Revolution my favorite posture was the “Qi Ball.” I felt like I was carrying a magnetic orb of energy. What significance does this posture have?
Jeff Primack: Our hands are like mirrors, reflecting light back and forth. The Qi Ball posture is 10 times stronger if palms are aligned correctly, which means not having one palm more forward than the other. Learning to align your hands/body allows you to build a higher magnetic charge. Kids are especially drawn to the Qi Ball, and a few schoolteachers I’ve trained share it in their classrooms. Aside from feeling cool, the qigong postures are shown to improve energy and resolve health issues.
Wallace: How can people use qigong to reach their full potential?
Primack: More than simply collecting Qi, the Gong is a change in our discipline and character. Awakening to God/Nature’s presence in our daily lives is greatly supported by realizing that we are energy, but most people do not physically experience this unity. Qi profoundly increases mind focus, because it changes us at the vibrational level, the deepest level possible. Veterans love that our qigong breathing techniques give you a euphoric rush of energy. The 9-Breath method works so well for veterans, because their traumas are often at the vibrational level. Holding the breath and skillfully exhaling excites the vibration of our cells and brings a healing force. This ever-present force of Qi belongs to no religion, yet it is spiritual and available to all people willing to learn skillful breathing. Reaching our highest potential or enlightenment begins with being in charge of our own vibration and emotional state.
Wallace: How does food affect a person’s Qi vibration?
Primack: Eating raw fruits and veggies give us enzymes with lots of Qi; however, it is a source of dampness in Chinese medicine. Qigong views digestion like a cauldron of water boiling over a fire. If you put too much water/raw foods in the pot all at once, it will take longer to boil. By not eating to fullness, and by cooking, we access more energy. Qigong focuses on improving this “digestive fire.” What is suggested is eating a high-phytochemical diet that is rich in deep-colored foods, electronabundant antioxidants, and cooking with saturated fats. I drink smoothies with organic veggies and fruits like strawberries and avocado with its big seed. However, cooking is known to improve nutrient absorption in studies, and therefore cooking hot meals is a big part of our program.
Wallace: Why should people interrupt their busy lives to attend the Qi Revolution in Houston Aug. 22-25?
Primack: It is rare when so many beautiful souls gather and practice qigong under one roof. We are stronger in one massive field with group energy that is exponentially more powerful. We keep our conference price low, because people (now more than ever) require this knowledge to prosper. Learning to eat and do qigong for maximum wellness is a benefit you will enjoy for a long life.
Jeff Primack’s Qi Revolution visits the Houston Convention Center Aug. 22-25. The event includes a trained group of 20 qigong teachers who will teach four days of qigong; the event is expected to be the largest qigong gathering in Texas this year. Cost for the four-day event is $149; for tickets and more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit www.qirevolution.com.