What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong literally translates to “life energy” and “skill”. It is simply the practice of strengthening and expanding one’s own Qi, Chi, or life force. Qi” is the Chinese word that defines the energy of being and the common language of the universe and binds all living things together. All life and nature pulsate with energy. Including, human beings, animals, fish, birds and insects along with all the flowers, trees, mountains and seas.
“Qi Gong” means the study and practice of accumulating, balancing and coordinating the flow of Qi to maintain health and well-being. It is similar to other mind-body practices such as yoga, which teach a philosophy of letting go. When we are unable to release low- vibrational emotions (such as anger, depression, anxiety, jealousy and pain) we can be negatively affected both physically and emotionally.
Practicing Qi Gong and embracing this philosophy of letting go translates into accepting what is and having faith that you will be ok while increasing energy flow in the body, awareness, balance, improved posture and inner peace. Let it be and be happy with yourself.
Holistic healing and specifically Qi Gong approach the individual as one being to address the root of disharmony. Regardless if the disharmony is physical, emotional or mental. It is a mind-body practice that improves mental and physical thru posture, movement, breathing and focused intention. “Qigong” means the study and practice of accumulating Qi, balancing Qi, and coordinating the flow of Qi to maintain health and well-being.
Little Bit of History...
Qi Gong originates in ancient china nearly 4000 years ago. It was a very tightly held secret for many years and not shared with people outside of the family or immediate community. Not until the 1970’s did the rest of the world begin to learn of this holistic healing and art form. The gentle and smooth movements have been refined over thousands of years and thru many generations to perfect the increase flow of “chi” of life force in the body. They are safe and effective for people of all ages and fitness levels. Qi Gong is similar to Tai Chi but does not build on itself from class to class, making it very easy for anyone to join any class without falling behind.
Americans are embracing more and more aspects of eastern medicine as a compliment to traditional western medicine. Researchers at Harvard University have also been exploring the heath aspects of qigong, with their research finding that its practice can help with motor function and depression for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.