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Qigong (Life Energy Cultivation) is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing and meditation.

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Qigong is an ancient healing and wellness art that originated in Asia centuries ago.  The foundation of Qigong lies in a belief in the connection between our bodies, minds and nature. LEARN MORE >

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Qigong – A journey of self discovery Part 3

We have lost touch with our own bodies. It is not just the vehicle used to get us from point A to Point B. The body can be our greatest source of information, if we can only learn to listen to it. If we can quiet the thinking mind long enough and allow ourselves to go inside, to become aware of the magic that lies within, then we can tap into it’s true potential. The energy that flows within each and every one of us is the same as that which runs through the wild tiger, or the wolf running through the forest.

It is not enough just to be healthy, there are many who go to the gym, eat good food, and yet still have no idea how to get in touch with the energy within. By utilizing breathing techniques with inner awareness we can begin to tap into our true potential. Our inner healing and power, that lie dormant awaiting discovery. Through the practices of Tai Chi and Qigong we can begin and embark on this journey of self discovery.

In the first stage one is trying to memorize the movements which is the way it should be. When one becomes familiar with the sequences, then we move onto the breathing, either coordinating it with the movements or just becoming aware of it as we go through our practice. Now this is when things get interesting. After we have the movements down and the breathing has begun, now we can actually get inside our selves, out of our minds and into our bodies. Sometimes it is as simple as a tingling or warm sensation, for others it is an acute feeling of flow, for lack of a better word. The sensation of energy coursing through your entire being.

As often happens, distraction finds its way in. Not to worry. As with meditation, acknowledge its presence, then let it go and come back to your practice. This is the biggest challenge for most, bringing yourself back to awareness and away from the monkey mind that is so prevalent in modern humans. The breath can be the key, bring your awareness to your breathing, nothing else. Follow it as it enters into the lungs, and feel it as it exhales and leaves your body. Stay with this method until it becomes natural, you almost laugh when you notice your mind wandering “ Oh there you go again, come back here and behave”.

This simple yet effective practice of Qigong/Tai Chi, has enormous possibility for self healing and self awareness. It truly can be life altering.

 

Qigong – A journey of self discovery Part 2

Part 2.

 

In Part 1 we discussed a basic overview of what Qigong is and what it is meant to do, or how it can help us. In this discussion we would like to address what makes qigong unique and why it is so effective.

The beauty of most Qigong training is in its simplicity. The majority of movements are gentle and easy to do. There are virtually no complicated motions in the beginning levels, making it easy for anyone to take part. Unlike the pretzel positions of yoga, or some of the complicated sequences of Tai Chi, Qigong is simple, almost too simple. What does this mean? Well, when something looks as easy as Qigong beginner programs do, people often ask, “How can this be effective. I mean really, can just moving your arms around or turning your waist really be that beneficial? Other than getting a mild bit of exercise?” Valid question. If all one does is body movements, then yes, it is a mild form of physical exercise and nothing more. But that is not Qigong.

Qigong uses not only the movements of the body, but incorporates specific breathing along with the movements and a form of awareness. The awareness principle is similar to that achieved through meditation, a quieting of the thinking mind. More on that in Part 3.

When we utilize these three principles then we have the essence of Qigong.  Therefore, Qigong can almost be considered a moving meditation, which heals the mind and body. One does not have to have a deep understanding of such aspects as the five elements, yin/yang etc to receive the benefits. This is one of the reasons why Qigong is becoming more and more popular. A simple, yet effective practice that calms the mind, heals the body through the opening of blocked energy, and allows one to return to a natural state of balance.

 

In Part 3 we will discuss the specifics with respect to the breath, and the mind during your practice.

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