Qigong, an ancient wisdom that has been around for many thousands of years, has fast made its way into the western world. Once a powerful secret in China passed down through generations as a way to prevent ill health and maintain a free flowing body into a ripe old age, qigong masters all over the world are now sharing it.
With Western medicine often looking to only fix problems after they arise, many people are now seeking other ways to prevent illness. We are currently seeing a shift in our medical and wellness system towards a model which bridges both Western and Eastern traditions. More and more people are becoming tired of relying on pills to fix their problems, often after it’s too late, and many are now reverting back to using food as medicine and incorporating practices like qigong, yoga and meditation to help calm the mind and heal the nervous system.
Through my own personal experiences, I have found qigong to be the tool that gives me the most benefits from an overall mind and body connection perspective.
By getting more in tune and connected to our own inner energy system and how our body responds we can become more in tune and connected with the immediate world around us.
At Chi Lab, we are passionate about bringing balance and flow to the three pillars of mind, body and environment. Qigong acts as the perfect tool to assist with that alignment.
What is qigong?
Qigong is a powerful energy healing practice that originated in China. Translated, qigong is Qi – life-force energy, Gong – the art/practice of. The practice is a combination of breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation that cleanse, strengthen, and move energy around the body. Like yoga and meditation, qigong styles can be varied depending on the lineage and intended outcome, with sequences being as short as ten minutes or anywhere up to a two hour practice. Whichever form, style or duration, it is the daily practice of qigong that leads to better health, vitality and a peaceful mind.
Qigong is not only an internal healing practice but as the term used for all Traditional Chinese Medicine practices -- Yang Sheng -- suggests, it is “nurturing life” as a whole. So we not only enhance our personal wellbeing but also, as a direct result, connect back to nature and enhance the environment that we live in.
Ten benefits I found from the daily practice of qigong
1. Reduced my stress and anxiety
2. Cleared my mind
3. Improved my self awareness
4. Helped clear my digestive issues
5. Improved my overall wellbeing
6. Mind and body became more flexible
7. Mindfulness was instilled
8. Fixed my lower back and drastically improved my posture
9. Increased flow in my life through losing resistance, aiding a period of positive life transformation
10. Learnt tolerance and became more conscious of the world around me
In balance and simplicity,