Qigong is an ancient healing modality, traced back more than 5,000 years. It belonged to the warriors and elite of China and was not available to the general population until the Cultural Revolution.
What is Qigong? Qi is often referred to as “the vital life force” and gong simply means to practice. To learn Qigong is to practice moving that vital life force energy for purposes of balance, good health and healing.
Qigong practice builds the immune system and strengthens the body through a series of slow and gentle meditative movements while using the breath and focusing the mind.
With regular practice, the benefits of Qigong seem to deepen and increase. Reported results include:
- · Improved posture and flexibility
- · Relief of muscular tension and pain
- · Stronger immune system to prevent and heal illness
- · Reduced stress
- · Deeper and fuller quality of breathing
- · Improved energy levels and stamina
- · Greater overall sense of well being
As you practice Qigong, you will notice that there is an important connection between earth, your body, and the heavens or the universe. The beautiful Tai Ji or yin/yang symbol expresses the balance of energies flowing between yin (the earth) and yang (the heavens). In Qigong practice, we use movement and intention to connect with those energies.