The Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi with Jessica Kolbe

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In this episode of the Oneness Approach podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jessica Kolbe, an expert in Qigong and Tai Chi. Listen in to our discussion to discover the amazing benefits of Qigong exercises and Tai Chi, a few of which include reduced stress and anger, improved relationships, better physical and life balance and improved self love. You'll even get to practice a few exercises during our chat!

About Jessica Kolbe

Jessica Kolbe is a Level 3 certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructor. She is a faculty member at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. In addition, Jessica is also a Senior Teacher Trainer for The Institute of Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC), an organization that trains future Qigong and Tai Chi instructors. She leads certification trainings all over the United States and abroad.

In 1998 Jessica began studying Tai Chi and Qigong. In 2009 she became a certified Teacher and began teaching right away. She continues to study with different masters. In 2013 she and a group of 30 fellow teachers went to China to study with Master Zhou Ju Bu in the breathtaking nature of the Wudang Mountains, the birthplace of Tai Chi.

Based in beautiful Carpinteria, a small beach community 10 miles south of Santa Barbara, CA, She currently teaches classes for the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Rec. Dept., City of Carpinteria Parks and Rec. Dept. on Linden City Beach and various senior residences and exercise studios in the Carpinteria and Santa Barbara area. Jessica also has a private practice for individual healing and has had great success helping people with a variety of ailments and issues, from Cancer, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, end of life and emotional distress.
In 2014 Jessica began to broadcast and stream her TV show, “Qigong with Jessica Kolbe” on TVSB channel 17. It airs 6 times a week and she has students all over the world that tune in to practice Qigong with her.

Jessica has lead corporate workshops for United Way, The Santa Barbara Zoo, Procore, Citrix Online and Cottage Hospital,. Her workshops provide the corporate teams with techniques to reduce stress, increase focus and improve overall health and productivity.

2-3 hour workshops are a wonderful way to go deeper into the healing benefits of Qigong and Jessica offers public workshops at least once a month.

In 2013 Jessica was a workshop leader for Enrichment Voyages, a floating campus for the Institute of Shipboard Education. (Semester at Sea). She has also lead a trip to Bali with Spirit Tours to practice Qigong, Tai Chi and to explore our spiritual natures.

In 2012 Jessica was a featured presenter at both the National Qigong Association annual conference and the Oneness Gathering of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.. Jessica presented again in 2015 for the ReUnion of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi.

Qigong and Tai Chi has shown Jessica the powerful self healing energy of our bodies, and minds. These ancient Chinese exercises have improved her balance and overall physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. They have made her a more compassionate human being and have given her peace of mind and contentment. She feels more connected with all things. It is Jessica's great honor to share these ancient methods of healing with others.

Jessica lives a happy life with her husband Ray and their cat, Suli.

Jessica has studied martial arts, dance and yoga, but it wasn't until practicing Qigong that she understood the powerful self healing energy of her own body, mind and spirit. Qigong and Tai Chi has improved her balance and overall physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It is Jessica's great honor to share these ancient methods of healing with others.

0:55 Introducing Jessica Kolbe

2:34 Jessica's journey to Qigong

7:07 Decisive life events

  • Built-up anxiety
  • Readiness for Qigong

10:14 Emotional benefits of Qigong

  • Emotional exercises
  • Energy work

13:28 Basic science behind benefits of Qigong

  • Releasing negative energy

16:30 Allowing your spiritual nature to emerge

19:07 Physical, mental/emotional, spiritual aspects of Qigong

  • Differences between Qigong and Yoga
  • The three alignments
  • The three treasures

24:56 Honoring the Ancestors exercise

27:50 The purpose is the energy

  • Body movement and intent

29:48 Visualizing

  • Making it real
  • Grieving exercises

31:54 Transmission in Qigong

  • Transmission compared with Tonglen meditation
  • Groundedness, peace and health

40:06 Tai Chi, balance and harmony

  • Physical and life balance
  • Healing relationships

46:59 Clearing the Small Universe exercise

53:14 Jessica's Qigong resources

58:08 Retreat in China

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