What is Qigong?

Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) is an ancient Chinese healing art and health care system that integrates physical postures, movement, breathing techniques and focused intention. Qigong improves physical, emotional and mental well being, prevents disease and increases vitality. Qigong is a potent practice where benefits can increase quickly on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Qi is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong means cultivating energy.

What is Qigong?

Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) is an ancient Chinese healing art and health care system that integrates physical postures, movement, breathing techniques and focused intention. Qigong improves physical, emotional and mental well being, prevents disease and increases vitality. Qigong is a potent practice where benefits can increase quickly on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Qi is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong means cultivating energy.

Qigong can reduce stress, anxiety and depression and create more emotional stability and feelings of well-being.

Qigong can lead to increased vitality and longevity by slowing down the aging process.

Qigong can increase availability of oxygen in the blood, which nourishes cells, tissues, organs and muscles.

Qigong can strengthen cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, immune and digestive system functions.

Benefits of Qigong

Qigong exercises help maintain health by creating a state of mental and physical calmness, which indicates that the Qi energy is balanced and harmonious. This allows the mind/body/spirit to function most efficiently, with the least amount of stress.

The word Qigong is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong means cultivating energy. It is also spelled chi kung or ch’i kung.

The slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of creating wellness for yourself.

Qigong, unlike traditional exercise programs, pairs mindfulness and intention with physical movements and breathing techniques. This creates a potent practice where benefits can increase quickly on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of our being.

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