What is Qigong?
The word Qigong is the combination of two Chinese words: Qi, (pronounced chee) meaning life energy or life force, and gong, meaning, work, cultivation or exchange. So literally Qigong is “Life Energy Cultivation.” This practice involves aligning breath with movement and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.
The underlying philosophy is that the body is a self-healing organism, maintaining equilibrium by responding to the various stimuli (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) which it encounters. When you consciously cultivate this life energy, your body’s ability to adapt and respond to the environment is optimized, and when harmony is achieved, true health, on all levels becomes possible.
The benefits of Qigong include:
- Improved strength, conditioning, coordination, and flexibility
- Reduced pain and stiffness
- Better balance and proprioception (sense of your body in space)
- Enhanced sleep
- Greater awareness, calmness, and overall sense of well-being
- Youthful vitality
- Inexplicable joy