More About Qigong
Qigong Harmonizes the Energy of Body, Mind and Spirit
A typical Qigong practice includes many techniques for working with energy in the following ways:
Cultivating: Awakening more energy from within the internal organs
Circulating: Stimulates the movement and free flow of energy through the meridians
Clearing: Releases stagnant or old energy from physical, mental and emotional blockages
Exchanging: Intermingling one’s internal energy with external energy
Transforming: Internal alchemy of low-level energy to higher vibration
Storing: Soaking in the energy and condensing it into your center
Qigong increases internal energy and by inducing the relaxation response, encourages enhanced integrated functioning of the body’s healing systems. Deep relaxation acts through the autonomic nervous system to lower blood pressure and heart rate and to relieve tension and anxiety. This state of relaxation also augments the abilities of the immune system to defend against bacteria and viruses, and stimulates the production of endorphins, natural opiates that act to decrease the perception of pain and create a state of well- being.
Qigong most likely emerged naturally in the fields of ancient China. Farmers deeply attuned to the rhythms of nature observed ways in which life was nurtured in plants and animals and imitated those principles. About 1122 B.C. The Book of Change first recorded the concept of vital energy. Studying the relationship of three powers - heaven, earth, and man- was an early step in the development of Qigong. Early practitioners recommended the breath be collected and allowed to descend into the body. Interest in breath and life force energy was heightened during this period and became the roots of Chinese Medicine.
Today Qigong is practiced by millions of people around the world. It requires no equipment, little space and can be practiced in a short amount of time. It is simple yet brings a tremendous amount of healing power when practiced regularly. Qigong strengthens the mind body connection and cultivates inner peace, a feeling of being centered and grounded, clear minded and resourced from within.