What is Qigong?


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:

  1. QI – (Pronounced Chee) is the vital energy that flows through all things in the universe, the spark that animates all life.
  2. 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.

Pleased to meet you!


I’m your Certified Qigong Instructor, Gabriella A. Dardai

When I was in my late fifties, I needed a solution for back pain and stress and I wanted one that would continue to serve me as I aged. I found – then fell in love with – Qigong. Along with my regular practice and courses, I turn to Qigong whenever I need a moment of inner peace. It feels good to know that I can slip away for a quick Qigong break anywhere, whether I’m in jeans, yoga pants, or even a party dress.

In 2018, I became a certified Qigong instructor from Holden Qigong so that more people can benefit from these techniques. The best part of teaching is my students sharing how my classes have helped them find new levels of calm and wellbeing in their lives.

I started GabriellaCHI to bring this gentle yet powerful practice to people in the South Shore/ Châteauguay Valley area and beyond.

Let me help you regain your energy!

Proven over millenia

Proven over millennia

Qigong, which is based in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has been practiced for over 4000 years. Its origins date back to the Yellow Emperor (2696–2598 BCE), making Qigong 2,000 years older than Confucius.


Enjoy a deep, satisfying breath

It’s easier to breathe well when your body and mind are aligned. Qigong improves breathing by both strengthening the lungs and calming the nervous system.


Hurry up and relax!

Qigong isn’t a magic chill button, but it’s the closest thing we know of! Just ten minutes of Qigong practice calms anxiety and releases physical tension.


Just what the doctor ordered

Even today in China it’s a common practice to prescribe specific Qigong exercises for patients in hospitals, whatever their illness, in order to help them heal well and recover faster.

90% of your energy comes from your breath


Oxygen is vital for every single one of our cells and functions. The more oxygen we can integrate, the more energy we have. Qigong helps us breathe deep for more energy.


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