What is Qigong?
Qi is a Chinese term that refers to all types of energy. Gong refers to the power to produce an effect, an attainment of, or accomplishment that is achieved with consistent practice. Qigong can be translated as the study of qi.
Qigong (Chi Kung) refers to the art and science of using breath, posture, movement, and/or sound to cleanse, refine, accumulate and circulate Qi in the body. These simple yet powerful exercises can help prevent illness and improve overall health and well-being.
Through the cultivation and regulation of the body, mind, and breathing, our immune system is strengthened creating a state of health, vitality, and youthfulness. In addition, our ability to adapt to our external environment is improved. Qigong training can give us a deeper sense of inner peace and harmony.
Why learn Qigong?
Best for people who are looking for a low-intensity fitness training and are interested in reducing stress, preventing illness, increasing vitality, and enhancing overall health.
A variety of sets and systems are taught including:
Medical Qigong For Health which are a variety of techniques including relaxation and qi permeating methods. This system allows practitioners to maintain, heal, and rejuvenate the functions of our organs and our bodies as a whole.
Yi Jin Jing (Tendon Changing Classic): A health building exercise dating back to ancient China to strengthen the muscles and tendons.
Buddhist Qigong: A variety of practices from the Buddhist tradition including Incense Qigong for cleansing the body, Nine Esoteric Seals, Long Life, and others.
Daoist (Taoist) Qigong: Golden Light method for longevity training and the higher spiritual purposes of the practice.
Five Element Qigong
For both Buddhist and Daoist Qigong, we are not referring to religions, but to the philosophy that many follow as part of their culture and way of life.
Standing Pole Qigong taken behind Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
For people with serious health issues, please consult with your medical practitioner
and instructor before participating in class.