What is Qigong?

According to Roger Jahnke, one of my main teachers, Qigong can be translated as the “cultivation of vital energy”. Qigong originated in China over 3000 years ago, and is still practiced in modern day China. The hundreds of different forms that have evolved in the country are based on ancient Daoist ideas, which are also the basis for Tai Chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 qigong in park

The idea is to increase our vitality through movements that support the optimal flow of energy in our bodies. According to Daoism, energy flows through our bodies in channels known as meridians. Stress, over-exertion and unbalanced nutrition can lead to stagnation or excess energy in those meridians. Qigong aims to restore balance in our energetic system, through gentle movements, breath awareness, and focus of mind.

The practice I’ve been sharing with some of you these last few months has movements that specifically target our various vital organs (lung, heart, kidney, etc.) and includes visualizations that help increase the potency of the mind-body connection, inviting us to be more atuned to the many amazing functions of our bodies.

A Qigong practice can also explore the energetic aspect of our emotions and our spiritual lives. In traditional Daoism, there is a profound and inherent connection between our emotional, spiritual, physical and energetic beings.

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