• Slow It Down With Qigong
Slow It Down With Qigong

If you are familiar with practices such as yoga then you might be interested in learning qigong. Qigong is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Developed in China more than 4,000 years ago, certain slow movements seen in qigong look similar to t'ai chi. One could argue that t'ai chi developed from qigong. Yet the practices are very different.T'ai chi originated as a form of exercise and martial arts only a few hundred years ago. Qigong has little in the form of such movement based on self-defense. In contrast, qigong has a far deeper spiritual or paranormal base that many today would describe as pseudoscience, with various characteristics — touch healing, distance healing, levitation — that clearly violate known laws of physics.

Qigong is meant to build up spiritual energy and align it with the physical body through many breathing and movement techniques. It is also classified as a martial and medical practice. In the process of learning Qigong, one’s body is put into a level of awareness that seems multi-dimensional, as the benefits of the exercise are evidently impacting.

Because some forms of yoga are downright strenuous, qigong appeals to yogis tired of the mat race. Practitioners say that qigong helps alleviate joint and muscle aches, increases energy and deepens their breathing. “It’s taken my body, mind and spirit to a completely new level,” Shelley Marks, 46, a talent manager living in Los Angeles who started qigong after showing early signs of rheumatoid arthritis told the New York Times.“It’s created a very peaceful feeling,” she said, and her inflammation and pain have diminished.

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