So what is Qigong?
Qigong belongs to the 5 pillars of Chinese Medicine.
These ancient practices have been used for thousands of years as a way of learning more about your energy and how to cultivate it. It is just not exercise but a whole mind , body, spirit connection as well as a communion with nature and the seasons.
It is based on Daoism and there are many references in the Dao De Ching on the philosophy behind the practice. Some very noticeable benefits of practicing regularly are:
Balance, if you need more energy you can cultivate it or if you have to much energy there can be a calming down and settling
Cultivation of Stillness through Standing meditations
Circular movements that have been known to lower inflammation in the body
Improves synovial fluid in the joints
Strengthens the Tendons
And of course in these turbulent times can be a great resource to support emotional processes.
There are many many more positives, but here are a few to be going on with.
The more you can dedicate yourself to your own body, mind and spirit, the more you will discover the jewels of energy that is available.Some of the forms I have been practicing over the years which I teach regularly are:
12 Yi Jin Jing Muscle Tendon Changing Classics
5 Element practice, movements that support the organs related to each of the elements, Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth.
Healing Breaths with Hand mudras, also working with visualisations of the gem stones related to each of the elements.
5 Animal Frolics, each relating to the elements.. Crane, Bear, Monkey, Deer and Tiger.
Plus Standing meditations to cultivate Wu Wei, Effortless effort
I am also practicing Neigong, Internal Martial Arts and sometimes add some of the standing positions into some of my classes. These strengthen the organs and meridians and cultivate Qi.