Students of Traditional Chinese Medicine, meditation, Tai Chi and other modalities that are concerned with the flow of life force (Qi), are finding Qi Gong courses can be a perfect complement to their studies and practices. What is Qi Gong? Where do you go to take a Qi Gong course?
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong is two words that roughly translate as "the practice of balancing the flow of life energy (Qi)." Said to have been founded by a Taoist Master over 800 years ago, literally hundreds of variations of Qi Gong have been developed over the centuries, but all have the same goal: to restore harmony to body, mind and spirit. Qi Gong can be practised by anyone, with gentle movements that can be adapted to the needs of disabled persons and the elderly.
Benefits of Qi Gong
Just some of the benefits of Qi Gong include:
- Cardiovascular benefits include lowered resting heart rate and improved blood pressure.
- Respiratory benefits include slower, deeper breathing and diaphragmatic breathing that leads to reduced stress.
- Improved posture, balance and coordination.
- Improved cognitive function.
- An improved inner sense of inner balance, harmony and inner peace.
Choosing a Qi Gong Course
The best way to begin is to first attend an evening class in your area and get a feeling for Qi Gong. After experiencing the energising and relaxing effects of Qi Gong, you may then want to attend a Qi Gong weekend retreat and immerse yourself in the practice in a beautiful natural setting.
If you feel a deep attunement with Qi Gong and wish to share it with others, Qi Gong courses for aspiring teachers are available. These are usually conducted by the founder of the Qi Gong school you attend and are available periodically.
Use the links at the top of this page to find a Qi Gong course provider near you. If the headquarters is not in your area, use the links provided and contact the Qi Gong school directly. An approved instructor may be located in your area.