Mindful Movement classes comprise of gentle qigong movements and meditations that bring the body, mind and spirit to the present moment and work in harmony with the body’s energetic centers and meridians to restore inner balance. By bringing our focus to the present moment, we are better able to allow the body to begin the process of self-healing. These classes are for those who wish to feel more centered in their being, creating a sense of inner peace for self-healing.
*These movement classes are taught in the standing position, but modifications can be made for those who wish to practice while seated. The only requirements are comfortable clothes and an open mind.
What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient healing practice with shamanic roots, originating in the hills of the Tibetan Plateau. Qigong is a form of energy cultivation (qi = energy and gong = practice/skill) that utilizes the breath along with movement and intention through visualization. This harmonizes the flow of energy in the body by bringing the individual in alignment with mind, body, and spirit.
Qigong is the oldest branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is becoming increasingly popular in the West, especially to aid with stress reduction. Through deep breathing and meditative, intentional movement, many people find qigong to be very relaxing.
It can an also reverse many ailments and helps to reduce the suffering caused by mental anguish and physical pain by allowing the qi to flow freely throughout the body. These practices are based upon the Five Element Theory in Chinese Medicine, which suggests we all have innate qualities such as integrity, unconditional love, kindness, trust and wisdom. A regular qigong practice can help to bring us in alignment with these innate qualities and increase our overall vitality and well-being.
Qigong healing can also be experienced by receiving ‘qi’ from a qualified energy practioner that specializes in TCM. During a healing session, the practioner projects energy from her hands onto the energetic body of the client. She can then direct the energy to flow in a more harmonious manor while the client rests in a meditative state. This type of energy healing is often referred to as Medical Qigong and is another branch of TCM.