04 Feb '12, 9pm

About Qigong: An Introduction to Qigong Plus 4 Styles of This Mind-Body Exercise | Gaiam Life

About Qigong: An Introduction to Qigong Plus 4 Styles of This Mind-Body Exercise | Gaiam Life

Asian cultures have long known what Western medicine discovered only 20 years ago: Moderate, gentle exercises such as qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) are often better, safer and more effective than conventional “no pain, no gain” workouts. Low-impact exercises such as qigong relieve stress without straining joints, muscles or ligaments. Think of qigong as movement and meditation combined; an exercise that controls energy flow while increasing stamina and awareness. Qigong (also spelled chi kung) is an ancient Chinese practice that combines intentional, controlled breathing with slow, graceful movements that are said to encourage the flow of qi or chi (vital energy) in the body. Promoting chi throughout the body is thought to aid in healing, endurance and spiritual balance. The 3 elements of qigong The first component of qigong addresses posture and works to lengthen the sp...

Full article: http://life.gaiam.com/article/about-qigong

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