The Power Of Qigong
The Power of Qigong!
By Callan Welder
I began practicing qigong (pronounced chee gong) about five years ago when I began acupuncture school in Asheville. I had heard about this mystical form of self-healing exercise before and was very excited about it being in the curriculum at school. Qigong is now a part of my daily life and continues to inspire me to become a better person as well as improving my health. So what is qigong?
First, lets break down the word qigong. Qi is the Chinese word for “life energy” and is the animating power that flows through all living things. A living being is filled with qi, whereas a dead person has no more of this warm life energy. Gong means “work” or “benefits acquired through practice”. Thus qigong means working with the life energy to improve the health and harmony of mind and body.
Qigong is a powerful, holistic system of self-healing exercise and meditation. Through the various methods of healing posture, movement, breathing techniques and meditation, qi is accumulated and stored in the body, like filling up a reservoir. Polluted or impure qi, which is the makeup for disease and dysfunction, can be either cleansed or removed from the body. This gives us a way to prevent disease and improve our health.
Qigong is a practice and its benefits are most realized when practiced daily. It is easy to do and does not require a lot of time or money. There is no need for special equipment or even a large workout space. Qigong can be practiced almost anywhere – in your home, your office, in a park, on a mountain, next to water, or in your garden.
Qigong has been practiced in China for thousands of years and there are many forms and styles. They all share the common principles of good posture, healthy breathing, balance and relaxation. By incorporating these principles into your life, you may experience a clear, calm mind and a stronger body. This can create more self-confidence and self-control and improved mind-body health. In other words, qigong practice can influence every aspect of one’s life.
So what are some other benefits of regular qigong practice? You may immediately feel pleasant warmth in the low back and abdomen, as this is a sign of improved circulation of qi and blood. A sensation of grounding is also felt, like a tree with deep roots. Vibration is commonly felt through the palms, fingers or other parts of the body as the qi begins to pulse with life enhancing effects.
The results of your daily qigong practice will allow you to have better health. Long standing symptoms and imbalances will start to improve, like arthritis, high blood pressure or poor digestion. You may notice sounder sleep as your body begins to relax and enjoys its natural rhythm. Increased strength and flexibility is noticed after a few months of practice, as well as clearer skin, brighter eyes and increased libido. Your body will become more efficient as the metabolism becomes more active. You may also notice greater self-control as you learn to relax the mind and muscles at will.
The bottom line is that qigong is a powerful form of exercise that promotes a long life and wellbeing. It gives you the power to make better decisions in your life as you feel more steady and present in your daily tasks. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, athletic or not, qigong is recommended for everybody—plus it is FUN!
If you are interested in how qigong may benefit your life, come on down to the island and experience a class with me on Saturdays from 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Wear loose cloths and non-treaded shoes (practicing in socks or bare feet is also fine). Feel free to contact me about Chinese medicine or qigong at Marshall Acupuncture & Herb Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-649-9601.