WHAT IS QIGONG ?
“In both Daoism and some forms of Buddhism, qigong remains the primary means of moving and exercising the body, regulating the breath and calming the mind and/or heart on the path to spiritual awakening. It is therefore a practice that can, at once, be medicinal, martial and spiritual.”
~ Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis
Qigong is a form of energy cultivation. In Chinese, qi means ‘life energy’ and gong ‘to cultivate’.
Qigong has been one of lockdown's biggest gifts and blessings for me. It brings extra depth, lightness, playfulness and flow to my days; it totally enriches and complements my yoga practice. It gives me so much contentment and peace.
Ever since my first class, I have been a dedicated practitioner and student of qigong. I am so happy to be able to share this practice with others. I am extremely grateful to my wonderful teacher, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, for her encouragement, generosity and joyfulness of spirit.
Why do I practice qigong?
I love practising qigong. It is soothing and meditative – a total moving meditation.
There is also a lot of stillness in qigong. It quiets and pacifies my mind and my ego. I don't get too bogged down in judgemental or critical thoughts. I am too focused on finding my centre and my flow. I can really tune in to my body, my breath and myself.
I appreciate the quiet strength, groundedness and stability qigong gives me. The practice is subtle and gentle but very nourishing, powerful and restorative.
Qigong moves the body, regulates the breath and calms the mind and heart.
Connecting with the natural world
I connect deeply with how qigong forms makes reference to nature. The forms always goes back to the natural world: the sun, moon, the elements, animals.
Wuwei – 'effortless effort' – is one of the main teachings of Taoism. Cultivating wuwei allows us to maintain inward stillness and calm, no matter what the outside circumstances. We are reminded not to strain, pushing or struggle. We could apply this to our practice and day-to-day lives. It does not mean we become passive and don't do anything at all – we just meddle and interfere less. This then allows things to happen spontaneously and harmoniously.
Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished.
~ Lao Tzu
Qigong is a good reminder that we are a part of nature NOT apart from it. As I move through the different forms, it feels so good to be in this body, being a link to the earth and the sky.
I look forward to practising with you and sharing the joys and benefits of qigong.