Qigong (pronounced Chee-Kung) is a style of exercise practiced in China for thousands of years that uses slow, gentle, rhythmic motions. It integrates strength training, stretching, and meditation into one complete body-mind workout.
Qigong is particularly well-suited for seniors, medical patients and caregivers, and office workers who need to reduce their stress but who don’t have the time or energy for a long workout.
Qigong is actually made up of two words:
- QI – (Pronounced Chee) is the vital energy that flows through all things in the universe, the spark that animates all life.
- GONG – (Pronounced Kung) is the skill that is cultivated through steady practice.
Together – Qigong (Chee-Kung) is to cultivate, direct and channel that energy for greater health, healing and longevity.
Qigong is not about running a marathon but it will improve your cardio, keeping your lungs healthy and expanding the power of your breath.
Qigong is not about developing big muscles but it will increase your range of motion, expanding your joint mobility and overall flexibility without pain.
Qigong is not about breaking out in a sweat but it will increase your blood flow, strengthening your circulatory system and helping you maintain a healthy heart.
Qigong is not about reclaiming the body of your youth, but it is about being healthy from the inside out.
With every Qigong practice, with every movement, you are strengthening your body, balancing your emotions and focusing your mind.