What is Qigong?
The word Qigong (chee-gong), translated as 'Energy
techniques' or 'Energy Skills,' refers to the ancient
Chinese internal arts used for over 5000 years to promote
health, emotional happiness and spiritual development. These methods combine
movement or postures, breath or mantra, and mind-intention to balance and
enhance one's vital, life-energy. It has been popularly referred to as Chinese
yoga and moving meditation. These methods formed the early root of Chinese
medicine and are still considered an integral part of modern Chinese medicine,
along with acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine. Today, millions of
people practice Qigong in China and around the world to successfully treat a
myriad of diseases, to improve general health, support longevity, and to
promote psycho-spiritual growth and happiness. Most notably, Qigong practice
can provide profound relief to stress and strongly enhancing immune function.
Current data published by the US Department of Health and Human Services states
that some 70% of diseases reported in the US today are totally preventable. In
a time when healthcare options appear ever more limited, the increased
awareness and use of Qigong is great news. These energy methods provide us with
the skillful means to assume greater responsibility for our own health, and to
and achieve real benefits for our body, mind, and spirit.