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What is Qigong?

Entered on February 17, 2018 by FINY

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What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”) is an ancient Chinese mind-body practice. It originally included not only physical exercises, but herbology, healing skills and lifestyle practices. There are hundreds of different schools of Qigong; some incorporate gentle breathing methods, slow or fast movements, and mindful meditation. Qigong can be practiced by absolutely anyone, regardless of their age, health, religion, or fitness level.

Is it a type of martial art?
Qigong is not a martial art, it is the art of energy cultivation. It is the energetic basis of the martial art T’ai Chi.

Is Qigong a religion?
No. Qigong is the embodiment of a philosophy of life that fosters wisdom, well-being and harmonious living. In the early days of Qigong (1100 B.C. to 206 B.C.), there was no religious aspect to it. Later, some of the techniques were incorporated into Buddhist and Taoist schools to be used for spiritual cultivation.

How is Qigong complementary to the Feldenkrais Method?

Despite their different histories, Qigong and the Feldenkrais Method share a lot of common ground. Moshe Feldenkrais studied the eastern martial art of Judo deeply. Qigong and the Feldenkrais Method are both somatic approaches based in cultivating mindful self-awareness, and a holistic appreciation of living.

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