Qi Gong means “energy practice or exercise that restores balance”. Qi Gong is a meditative exercise practice that encourages the mind and body to align. Moving with the breath while focusing the mind creates a balance in the flow of Qi and reduces stress and anxiety. Qi Gong was developed in China over the centuries. Qi Gong classes begin with stretching ~ “tendon changing” exercises to prepare the body for increasing the flow of Qi. Using arm movments and synchronizing breath will enhance the movement of Qi through the body. As Qi flow increases so does body awareness and vitality.
What is Qi?
Qi is the vital life force that is everywhere. Qi, also chi', (pronounced chee) is the energy of the universe that regulates the seasonal changes, the movement of the stars, the ebb and flow of the tides. Qi is everywhere and governs our natural rhythms. Qi is life force which we can enhance in our lives through the practice of Qi Gong.
In the body, Qi flows in specific pathways called meridians. These are the meridians of acupuncture therapy. Balancing the meridians with Qi Gong can achieve the same therapeutic effect as acupuncture.
Bringing a Qi Gong practice into your lifestyle will help prevent illness and keep a calm, balanced state of mind. When the energies of the bodymind are flowing easily, you feel flexible, awake, and generally good all over.
What are the Benefits of Qi Gong?
Strengthen and lengthen joints
Increase physical stamina and mental concentration
Improve muscle tone and firmness
Fortify the source Qi – source Qi is the original Qi related to constitution and the kidney/adrenal system.
Gayl Hubatch, OMD is a practitioner of Chinese medicine for over 20 years and has taught Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure throughout the US and in Canada. Gayl has also created a Qi Gong video called Restoring Natural Rhythms.
She offers several workshops and classes in Qi Gong and is available for private consultations on developing your Qi Gong practice. To schdedule a consultation contact Gayl via e-mail or at (512) 266-2059.