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Qigong
Balance and Heal Your Life

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Written by Lissa Reidel

Qigong is transforming the lives of practitioners around the world as they discover that this deceptively simple and easy practice has powerful healing results. Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used to promote health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts,  qigong is  a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), life energy.

According to Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian philosophy, qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakens one’s true nature, develops human potential and heals.

Qigong practice utilizes moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise and relaxation, preventive medicine and self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation and self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.

In the US, Wisdom Healing Qigong offers the teachings of Master Mingtong Gu.

Qigong practices coordinate body, breath, and mind. They include moving and still meditation, massage, chanting, sound meditation, and non-contact treatments.  Qigong can be  dynamic or active with slow flowing movementor meditative or passive, with still positions and inner movement of the breath.

As moving meditation, qigong coordinates slow stylized movement, deep diaphragmatic breathing, and calm mental focus, with visualization guiding qi through the body.

Contemporary Chinese medical qigong

Qigong has been recognized as a standard medical technique in China since 1989, and is included in thused in China defines CMQ as “the skill of body-mind exercise that integrates body, breath, and mind adjustments into one” and emphasizes that qigong is based on adjustment, also translated as regulation, tuning, or alignment,  of body, breath, and mind.

Techniques

  • Intentional movement: careful, flowing balanced style
  • Rhythmic breathing: slow, deep, coordinated with fluid movement
  • Awareness: calm, focused meditative state
  • Visualization: of qi flow, philosophical tenets, aesthetics
  • Chanting/Sound: use of sound as a focal point

Additional principles:

  • Softness: soft gaze, expressionless face
  • Solid Stance: firm footing, erect spine
  • Relaxation: relaxed muscles, slightly bent joints
  • Balance and Counterbalance: motion over the center of gravity

Advanced goals:

  • Equanimity: more fluid, more relaxed
  • Tranquility: empty mind, high awareness
  • Stillness: smaller and smaller movements, eventually to complete stillness

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Lissa Reidel

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