Chi Kung, also known as Qi Gong, is an ancient Chinese health care system that uses concentration to become aware of the interconnection between your breath, your physical posture and your state of mind.
Like any other system of health care, Chi Kung is not a panacea, but it is certainly a highly effective health care practice and a wonderful way to start or finish your day in peaceful alignemnt.
The practice of Chi Kung offers the opportunity to experience a healthier balance just by becoming aware of the integrated and interconnected nature of our body and mind. You will need no technical devices to create an awareness of the life force or vital-energy (QI) that is constantly flowing through you and your environment.
This Energy Cultivation involves the meridian system as used in acupuncture and it emphasizes the importance of adding concentration and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of the practice increase exponentially.
I also use the Alexander Technique to help you re-organize your body for better postural integrity so as to refine, potentate and re-discover how each part of your body is engaged in every movement.
Through the Alexander Technique as the bottom line of the physical aspect of our Chi Kung practice, you will develop the skill to become aware of and assess the structural imbalances that may interfere with the natural flow of your Vital Energy. Bear in mind that “blocked Qi” is, most of the time, the main cause of many health imbalances.
There are many Chi Kung styles and all of them have three things in common: they involve
~ becoming aware of the way you use your body to move around,
~ becoming aware of your breath, and
~ Concentration or a focused mind.
Some practices increase the Chi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Chi 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 easily be adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups.
Chi Kung is one of the most cost-effective self-healing methods. The only investment needed is your determination to practice during a half-hour to an hour each day; the dividends of better health, increased vitality, peaceful alertness and joy accrue daily and are cumulative.