In October of 2019 I became a Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader. Due to chronic neck pain from practicing as a dental hygienist and whip lash from a car accident, I continue to seek out natural alternatives to release me from pain. I discovered Tai Chi Easy and soon became a Practice Leader to bring this beautiful meditation to others.
Tai Chi movements are slow and rhythmic and deeply relaxing allowing the mind and body to heal. When I began practicing Tai Chi I found that its slow movements also increased a vital energy inside of me. The Chinese relate to energy as the Qi or Chi. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced gung means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy. It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.
Like any other system of health care, Qigong is not a panacea, but it is certainly a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine.