What is Qigong?
Translated from Chinese, qi (pronounced chee) means energy, and gong means cultivation or discipline.
Qigong is a 3,500+ year-old mind-body-spirit practice that combines gentle movement, meditation, and breath to promote optimum health and wellness. It's designed to create internal power and generate more energy. Qigong has also been referred to as "energy yoga".
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, a healthy state of being is a result of balanced, free-flowing energy whereas disease and illness occur when qi becomes stagnant, deficient, or in excess.
A well-balanced qigong practice includes three main components:
Purging - Bringing stuck and/or excess energy to the surface to then be cleared
Tonifying/Strengthening - Bringing in healing energy
Regulating - Promoting balance (after purging and tonifying)
What are the Benefits of Practicing Qigong?
Qigong is a gentle practice that is both relaxing and invigorating. Some benefits include:
Increased relaxation, strength, range of motion, and stamina.
As the fascia (connective tissue that holds the organ in place) becomes more relaxed, the organs are able to work more efficiently.
Improved balance, coordination, and sleep.
A greater awareness of your internal state.