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  1. Insomnia caused by Chi Kung?

    Hi, I'm a beginner in Chi Kung. I recently started to practice Chi Kung, and I'm experiencing sleeplessness. If I practice in the evening, I feel quite energetic and even restless and agitated, and it takes me hours to fall asleep. There is also some tension (not sure if this is the right word) in chest area. My body also feels hotter than usually. I do mainly these exercises: - The Great Tai Chi Circle Breath (hands raise from sides to over head, and then down palms down in the middle during exhalation) - Embracing the Jug (standing with arms raised shoulder level, palms facing body and mentally holding a "paper ball") - Zou Bu -steps (taking slow and deliberate steps with mentally created "friction") The first one is from Daniel Reid's book "Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity", and the two latter practices are from Yi Quan, to which I've received instruction. I've seen it mentioned somewhere that after Chi Kung practice we should collect the energy to lower Dan Tien. Is this what I'm missing? Would it help me, because I'm not doing it currently? While added energy is nice, first and foremost I am looking for calmness, relaxation, clarity of mind, and health. After a few sleepless nights, I don't think this is now very healthy to me Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Newbie with questions arrives

    Hi guys, I've been studying taoism for some years, and also practicing Chi Kung on and off during that time. I seem to end up at this website/forum every now and then, so I just might just as well register.