The first MMQG course in Germany is up and running

The first-ever MMQG course in Germany is now up and running all Sunday morning, from 10 to 12 at Sushumna Healing Space in Mittlere Kanalstrasse 29, Nuremberg.

MMQG Course in Nuremberg

You can join the course at any time, simply joining one of the practice classes.

MMQG is MeditationMindfulness, and Qi Gong and is a highly effective tool to get rid of stress, anxiety, self-sabotaging habits and to start achieving a healthier, wealthier, and happier personal and professional life.

MMQG is a set of exercises put together by Raffaello Palandri, an Italian happiness coach now living in Germany, in more than 25 years of practice and study.

Remember: you can decide to stop reacting to what happens in your life and start acting, by choosing to create new habits.

If you are in the Nuremberg area, you could also contact Raffaello to ask for private lessons or, if you have a business, and you want to see how MMQG can effectively help you in your company, drop him an email.

Happiness is a habit you can learn, develop, and use.

Why I am a happiness coach

They ask me why am I a happiness coach, and how meditation, mindfulness, Qi Gong are related to this.

Well, life is not easy, neither is fair.

Yet I am grateful.

Why again?

I am an introvert. I am not the one who will come at meetings, events, shows, parties, dinners out. And not because I don’t like you. But because I am not comfortable with being where I cannot have my time to think, to be alone.

Yet, if you ask me if I like to be on stage and speak in front of a lot of people, well, I love it!And I love being with people teaching and sharing ideas. Probably not at night, or late afternoon, as I am an early morning animal.

I wake up really early in the morning and I am alive until 7pm maximum. After that time I am sleepy and tired. Very often, you will never convince me to get out in the afternoon, if it’s not for teaching or speaking.

Then, you asked about meditation and mindfulness. I practice them since when I was 14. It was hard at the beginning, it took a lot before I could even calm myself. Even more, before I started understanding myself better. But, every single minute I spent meditating or practicing mindfulness has helped me accepting all the times I screwed up my life.
And yes, it happened more than some time.

And then Qi Gong, that is just the tip of the iceberg of my lifelong martial arts learning, practicing, and teaching (!)

Teaching! Did I tell you I love it?

Yes, because very very often the ones I taught to come out to become way better than me, and I LOVE it!

Qi Gong.
Martial arts.

Things that let me grew up, thanks to my teachers (teachers, again!)

So, meditation, mindfulness, and Qi Gong (I call them MMQG) have saved me from banging my head on a wall during a lifetime.They gave me more than I gave them, for sure. They allowed me to be happy for being alive, with all my allergies, with all my defects, with all my mistakes.

That’s why I am grateful.

And that’s why I am a happiness coach, too.

I want to help you become better than how you are now, I want to help you avoid some of the mistakes I painfully did. I want you to become better than me at being happy.

That’s why I teach MMQG and I coach at Yourself, Understood.

10 Benefits of MMQG practice



MMQG is a highly effective practice that is based on Meditation, Mindfulness, and Qi Gong.

It has been developed by Raffaello Palandri, a happiness coach, that put together his more of 20 years of personal and professional experience in dealing with people suffering from stress, anxiety, fears, self-sabotaging.

MMQG offers the practitioner all the benefits of the three disciplines it is based on, and, between all the possibile ones, here are some of the most relevant:

  1. reduction of stress and anxiety levels
  2. boosts the immune system and reduces high pressure
  3. gives you a healthier life, helping losing weight
  4. reduces pain
  5. increases empathy and compassion
  6. improves focus, memory, and concentration
  7. grows creativity and lateral thinking
  8. helps in better controlling your temper
  9. improves leadership, goal setting, and accountability
  10. improves your relationships and your sexual life

So, why don’t give it a try?
You can now attend MMQG Courses in person at Sushumnā Healing Space on Sundays, from 10 to 12.
From November, you will be able to follow the online courses.



MMQG Syllabus – Part 1

MMQG is MeditationMindfulness, and Qi Gong.

In our courses, we explore these 3 practices from different points of view, mixing tradition with innovation and allowing everyone to start getting benefits since the very first hours of lesson.

In this post, we will see the first part of the MMQG Syllabus, the one regarding Qi Gong.

Qi Gong is essentially divided in 5 main schools:

Chinese Medical Qi Gong
Daoist Qi Gong
Buddhist Qi Gong
Confucian Qi Gong
Wu Shu / Kung Fu Qi Gong

and 5 main categories:

Health Qi Gong
Medical Qi Gong
Life Improving Qi Gong
Physical conditioning Qi Gong
Meditative Qi Gong

In 2003, the Chinese Health Qigong Association officially recognized four health qigong forms:

Ba Duan Jin (八段錦 – Eight Pieces of Brocade)
Yì Jīn Jīng (易筋經 – Muscle-Tendon Change Classic)
Wu Qin Xi ( 五禽戲 – Five Animals)
Liu Zi Jue (六字訣 – Six Healing Sounds)

And, just 7 years later, 5 additional forms were added to the official syllabus:

Tai Chi Yang Sheng Zhang (太極養生杖 – Tai Chi Stick Health Preservation Routine)
Shi Er Duan Jin (十二段錦 – 12 Pieces of Brocade Sitting Qi Gong)
Daoyin Yang Sheng Gong Shi Er Fa (導引養生功十二法 – 12 routines from Daoyin tradition)
Mawangdui Daoyin (馬王堆導引术 – Mawangdui Silk Paintings Qi Gong )
Da Wu (大舞 – Big Dance)

In MMQG we practice all the 9 official forms plus the Xi Sui Jing, and the Shibashi so:

  • Ba Duan Jin 
  • Yì Jīn Jīng
  • Xi Sui Jing
  • Wu Qin Xi 
  • Liu Zi Jue 
  • Chi Yang Sheng Zhang 
  • Shi Er Duan Jin 
  • Daoyin Yang Sheng Gong Shi Er Fa 
  • Mawangdui Daoyin 
  • Da Wu 
  • Shibashi

Our practice focuses on Health and Meditation Qi Gong, mixing elements from Daoist, Chinese Medical, and Wu Shu traditions.

During the course we introduce and study the needed elements from TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Tui Na (Chinese Massage), Tai Chi ChuanWu ShuChinese PhilosophyBuddhismDaoismYoga just to name some.

So, what is a Qi Gong class (in presence or – soon- online) about?

We practice the selected exercise, repeating it and analysing its postures, breathing method, and movements.

We study and apply basic Qi Gong concepts like:

  • Stances
  • Movements
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Feeling Qi
  • Moving Qi
  • Grounding
  • Use of energy channels
  • Meditations

We also approach Qi Gong History, Theory, Philosophy and show correlations between the methods we study and other approaches in Eastern and Western culture and medicine.

The goal is to develop a healthier, wealthier, and happier life by starting to notice and apply awareness, compassion, and commitment.
The benefits of the practice are an increased relaxation, a better stance, an improved balance that will allow the practitioner to get rid of stress, anxiety, and fears so to stop self-sabotaging habits and behaviours.

MMQG Course fees – Nuremberg

These are the fees for the MMQG Course at Sushumnā Healing Space:

1 Month: 80€ (8€ discount)
11 Months: 800€ (1 month free – best deal!)
block of 10 lessons: 200€ (20€ discount!)
1 single lesson of 2 hours: 22€

Also:

  • people who pay the Annual (11 Month) fee, get one free seminar (50€ value), a discount of 10% on seminars, and a 20% discount on any other course taught by me (in person or online)
  • people who pay the Monthly or the 10 Lessons fee, get 5% discount on seminars and 15% discount on any other course taught by me (in person or online)

Happiness in the Park – End of Summer Report

Some hard data about this 2019 Summer of Happiness in the Park.

It was a success!!

We met 13 times, practicing MMQG (Meditation, Mindfulness, and Qi Gong) for 26 hours (for free!).

We had more than 65 different people attending the meetings, and we have more than 300 people who are signed on our Meetup, Nebenan, and Facebook groups.

It has been an amazing experience, meeting so many people, sharing the idea that Happiness is not just an empty word, but can be learned, developed, and used, as a habit.

As a happiness coach, I am proud of all of you, who came, tried, shared a little part of your life journey with me. If I managed to let you have at least 2 hours of a healthier, wealthier (in the sense you prefer material or spiritual), happier life, I will have reached my goal.

Thank you!

PS: It’s not the end! We will start meeting at Sushumnā Healing Space from the next Sunday. How do you like the name … Happiness in the Studio?

Liu Zi Jue (六字訣) or Six Healing Sounds

Dai-Hara Kizendo uses Liu Zi Jue (六字訣) or Six Healing Sounds as one of its commonly practiced Qi Gong Exercises, in the MMQG (Meditation, Mindfulness, and Qi Gong) syllabus.

This exercise requires attention and should be learned by following the instructions of a teacher. You will find in this article a general explanation of its benefits and practice.

introduction

Liu Zi Jue is one of the traditional Qi Gong exercises, as recognized by the Chinese Health Qigong Association.

It is an exercise that regulates and enables the practitioner to control the levels of Qi inside the body through specific inhalation and exhalation process and using sounds to be pronounced with peculiar mouth forms. The exercise is a way to improve health, reduce stress, and promote self-healing.

The term Liu Zi Jue first appears in the Chinese text Yangsheng Yanming Lu (養生延命錄, or Extracts on Nourishing Spiritual Nature and Prolonging Bodily Life) , written by Tao Hongjing (陶弘景) , a famous writer, calligrapher, alchemist, astronomer and pharmacologist, who lived during the period of the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589).
For what we know, at that time the Liu Zi Jue consisted just of the sounds. Only later, during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the associated body movements where added to the exercise.

The six healing sounds are :

  • XU 噓 – ‘hiss’ – regulates the Liver Qi
  • HE 呵 – ‘yawn’ or ‘laughing sound’ – regulates the Heart Qi
  • HU 呼 –  ‘to sigh,’ ‘to exhale,’ or ‘to call’ – regulates the Spleen/Pancreas Qi
  • SI 呬 – ‘to rest’ – regulates the Lungs Qi
  • CHUI 吹  – ‘to blow out,’ ‘to blast,’ or ‘to puff’ – regulates the Kidneys Qi
  • XI 嘻 – ‘mirthful’ – regulates the San Jiao 三焦 (Triple Burner) Qi

San Jiao refers not to a real, specific physical organ but represents the energetic channels that run through the upper, middle and lower parts of the body.
In TCM, one of its main functions is to regulate Qi and the body fluids that surround the internal organs.

Characteristics

The Six healing Sound exercise, to be effective, must be performed paying attention to a series of factors.
The most important ones are the following:

Mouth forms

Liu Zi Jue uses six sounds, that must be pronounced with six special mouth forms and methods of pronunciation.

Combining breathing and movements

You can combine the sounds with specific physical movement to enhance the positive effect of the resonating words.

calm and floW

During the practice each movement should be performed calmly and keeping an uninterrupted flow. The breath should be deep and regular, so to promote relaxation and concentration.

Practitioners of these exercises report not only that they have experienced a general improvement in their health and general quality of life but also they had measurable clinical improvements in treating hypertension, hyperlipidemia and high blood sugar.

How the Liu Zi Jue Work

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are five major organs — Heart (), Liver (), Spleen (), Lungs () and Kidney ().
These five organs did not represent exactly the anatomical organs. Rather, they describe the functions that the organ carries on. Also, each organ can have a Yin and Yang function, and each Yin organ is paired with a correspondent Yang one.

These functions are called Zàng Fǔ (脏腑). Zang indicates the Yin organs, Fu the Yang ones.
The Yin organs are: Heart (), Liver (), Spleen (), Lungs () and Kidney (), the Yang ones: Small Intestine (小肠), Large Intestine (大肠), Gall Bladder (), Bladder (膀胱), Stomach (), and Sān Jiaō.

Each of the five organs is associated to an element: fire, earth, metal, water or wood.
It is thought that each organ resonates to a specific sound, and that using that sound one can remove congested, blocked Qi from the organ and fill the organ itself with fresh, clear Qi.

Blocked Qi pain, discomfort or illness. Each organ has specific symptoms to show a congested Qi. An expert TCM practitioner can help you find which organ is affected.

The Six Healing Sounds resonate in the organ and expels the congested Qi through breathing, bringing in fresh one.

How to practice Liu Zi Jue

There are several ways to use the Liu Zi Jue, but you can use it or in its complete form or just in those parts that can help improving your current health.

For general health maintenance, you should practice the six healing sounds in the following order:
Xū (Wood) → Hē (Fire) → Hū (Earth) → Sī (Metal) → Chuī (Water) → Xī (Wood). This order is based on the mutual generation (相生 – xiang sheng) sequence of the five elements (五行相生).

To promote healing, you can alter the order of the sounds in the sequence and use this one instead:
Hē (Fire) → Sī (Metal) → Xū (Wood) → Hū (Earth) → Chuī (Water) → Xī (Wood). This order is based on the mutual overcoming (相克 – xiang kè) of the five elements (五行相剋).

The five elements are, of course: Wood (木 – mù), Fire (火 – huǒ), Earth (土 – tǔ), Metal (金 – jīn), and Water (水 – shuǐ).

As told before, you can choose to practice just the sound that is associated with the current season or the current condition you want to address. Remember that Xī 嘻 , can be practiced all year round to support the San Jiao.

The sounds are associated to the five elements, the five organs plus the San Jiao, and to the four seasons as follows:

  • XU 噓LiverWoodSpring
  • HE 呵 HeartFireSummer
  • HU 呼Spleen/Pancreas EarthAll Seasons
  • SI 呬 LungsMetalAutumn
  • CHUI 吹  – KidneysWaterWinter
  • XI 嘻San Jiao WoodAll Seasons

When you practice this exercise, remember to pay attention to always breathe in through your nose and breathe out from your mouth.
Repeat each sound six times, and practice the sequence or the part you chose three times a day.

Before starting the Liu Zi Jue, you can warm you up using your normal Qi Gong sequence.

Keep your back straight, chin parallel to the ground, eyes open but not looking at anything. Breathe into the lower dantian and center yourself.
Free your mind and leave all the thoughts pass through it without being attached to them.

Perform the sounds as it has been taught by your teacher.

End the sequence by rubbing the palms in circles around the lower abdomen.
Men will put their right hand over the left one, while women will put their left hand over the right one.
Do 36 rotations clockwise, then 36 counter-clock wise.