Barb Morganfield, Ed.D
WHAT IS QIGONG?
Qigong is a mind/body exercise that teaches how to relate to the body in a way that can transform you. It is an ancient Chinese practice devoted to enlightening the body, heart and mind. Qigong is considered one of the Five Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Energy work (Qigong/Tai Chi,) Massage, Herbal medicine, & Chinese dietary medicine). It's a form of meditative and mindful exercise that has proven to improve balance, flexibility, lower stress and improve quality of life.
Qigong is easy to do, can be done seated or standing, can be done by people of all ages and all abilities. It can be practiced by everyone. It just feels good and no one ever says they wished they wouldn't have practiced their Qigong.
Maintains and increases our health and vitality
Integrates breathing, focused intention, and gentle physical postures
Can be practiced by anyone, anywhere,
Requires no special equipment or clothing
Can be practiced seated or standing
Can be practiced by folks of all ages
Effective supplement to Yoga, running or other physical exercise
Qigong is made up of of two Chinese Words. Qi (CHEE) refers to the "life force energy" that flows through us and everything in the universe and Gong, pronounced, GUNG, which translates to the skill one develops with consistent practice.
"The magical property of QiGong is its ability to help you deal with the type of stress that makes us age. QiGong helps slow aging at the cellular level ." Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic