Qigong
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Powerful exercise

Qigong is a powerful way to exercise the body:

Starts simple but becomes more challenging
Increases stamina and endurance
Improves balance
Stress-relief
Encourages a calm mind and composed emotions
Energises
Does not strain the body
Strength-building
Emphasis is placed upon mobile joints, relaxed muscles and natural movement
Improves skeletal alignment, poise and coordination
Low-impact
Can be practiced by most people

Our energy is more precious than all the gold in the world. It is a more powerful anti-aging tool than anything else.

Energy regenerates our liver and other tissue cells, flushes toxic waste from the body, helps maintain our ideal weight, keeps our skin smooth and our hair healthy.
The more energy we have, the better we feel and the more beautiful we become.


(Kimberly Snyder)


What does qigong mean?

The term 'qigong' refers to a variety of exercises designed to cultivate the flow of energy around the body.
Other spellings commonly used - qi gong or chi kung.
It is pronounced 'chee gung'.
Qigong is usually translated as 'breath work' or 'energy work'.


You do not feel wiped out

Qigong
offers an interesting way to exercise the body.
When performed correctly, qigong feels to be so mild that it is hard to believe that anything is really happening.
There is no sweating, straining or panting for breath.


Not like the gym

This is a major contrast to going to the gym, running, swimming, cycling, Pilates or yoga.
Qigong is mild.
After a session you may feel relaxed, energised and comfortable.


Gong does mean work

Although qigong is much milder exercise than running or weight lifting, it is still exercise.
People forget this.
If your instructor spends the lesson talking about 'qi', they are short-changing you.
Let the qi take care of itself and get on with the work.



Immune system

Your immune system grows stronger when you train qigong.
The common viruses, colds, flus and diseases that are making the rounds often have little effect upon you.
Instead of a week in bed you have a sore throat and a runny nose for a couple of days.

Students who train qigong every day seldom experience any of the 'bugs' that are affecting everyone around them.
Their bodies are stronger and more resilient.


Everyone is different

The effects of qigong differ from person to person.
It depends what you eat, how often you exercise, how well you perform the qigong.
If your health is bad to start with, you have a lot further to go than somebody who is already fairly healthy.
Persevere.


Psychological awareness

The mind can easily become rigid and inflexible so it is important to make it supple again.
Qigong encourages the mind to become calm and expansive, open and receptive.
Everyday thoughts, worries and emotions soon become evident.
Students learn to be aware of what is taking place.


Meditation

To perform qigong correctly, the student must place their attention on what they are doing.
They must concentrate fully.
This will be a challenge initially.


Emotional comfort

When you feel at ease with yourself, it is easy to let-go and relax.
For many people, this is very difficult.
Often, the first stage is just to feel comfortable around other people.


Postural tension

Everyday body usage involves a range of bad habits.
Work, confrontational situations, driving, using a mobile phone, sports can cause the body to store tension in the neck and spine.
The body needs to relax properly. Often the tension resides in the legs.



Hot hands

When doing qigong, your hands may become warm. This indicates improved blood circulation.
They may also appear blotchy as the skin breathes more fully.


Varicose veins

If you have varicose veins you should not undertake standing (static) qigong.


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Last updated 21 April 2017