Qigong is an exercise method that uses repeated sequences of movements to stretch the body (muscles, tendons, fascia) and open and close the joints increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and stability through structural alignment.
The word Qigong (also spelled Chi Kung / Chi Gong) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi (Chi) is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong (Kung), pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is developed through regular practice. In basic terms Qigong (Chi Kung) means developing the vital energy of the body, the mind and the heart with regular practice. It is a system developed and used for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. The main methodology used to accomplish this is with deliberate breathing coordinated with specific body movements.
In this course students will learn one of the original qigong sets first recorded roughly 3600 years ago in China – the Ba Duan Jin or 8 Pieces of Brocade. Alongside this versatile and profoundly effective qigong set are included stand alone qigong movements designed to deepen connection to the body and provide even more tools for anyone to strengthen and support their body’s healing process.