Stillness and action are relative, not absolute, principles. It is important to find a balance of yin and yang, not just in qigong, but in everyday life. In movement, seek stillness and rest. In rest, be mindful and attentive. ~ Ken Cohen
Just like yoga, Qi Gong has been practiced in China and many other Asian countries for thousands of years. It is one of the most portable, yet effective ways to restore health.
Qi Gong is a holistic healing method involving postures, movements, breathing, and meditation to heal and maintain harmony and balance within the body. Daily practice helps bring the mind into a state of tranquility and fine tunes the body.
Qigong can be done anywhere, anytime. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Andrew Weil has a very good article with an overview on Qi Gong and its benefits, which can be found here:
Recently one of my students shared her response with me after taking one of my Qi Gong classes: “Michelle, thank you so much for tonight. Qigong and Meditation have left me floating, grounded, centered and happy. I am so inspired by your practice!! I look forward to this being a part of the rest of my summer.”
Rejuvenate your body with this ancient practice, breathe deeply, live fully and enjoy each moment as it is.
I am so honored to be asked to be a part of a backpacking retreat this summer, which will include Qi Gong, meditation and yoga. This retreat will be held near Truckee in August, with more details to come!