Pass notes: Qigong

What is Qigong? Morley tutor Laura Ichajapanich explains all.

What is qigong (pronounced “chee gung”)?

Qi means “energy” and gong is “exercise” or “work)”. An important aspect of Traditional Chinese medicine, these gentle exercises and stretches combine breath with movement to open the meridians or acupuncture channels, nourish the body and prevent illness. 
Qi means energy and gong means work or exercise. Qigong involves the cultivation and circulation of qi through the organs and meridians of the body to improve health and vitality.

Where does it originate from?

The earliest records of dao yin qigong practice were found in silk paintings in the Mawangdi cave dating back almost 2500 years. Dao yin means leading or guiding and these exercises use the breath to guide qi (vital energy) around the body. This focus has the additional benefit of calming the mind.

What are the health benefits ?

Through regular practice you can start to feel the positive effects of qigong including:

  • a feeling of qi or vitality
  • improved balance
  • better posture
  • greater concentration
  • a sense of calm or wellbeing
  • develop your internal strength and a sense of dantian (centre)
     
    Laura Ichajapanich is an acupuncturist with 16 years’ experience as a Taiji (Tai Chi) and Qigong instructor. Learn more at Laura’s website.

What is Qigong? Morley tutor Laura Ichajapanich explains all.


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