Have you ever felt unsteady on your feet and like your balance is a little off centre? Or maybe the stresses and strains of daily life have left you feeling devoid of energy and seeking a healthy way to cope with negative emotions.
Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gung) translates as ‘energy work’ and frees up any ‘stuck’ energy within the body, allowing it to flow freely. A Qi Gong practice is mostly performed while standing and can include controlled breathing, postures, meditation, and guided imagery. The eyes are coordinated with the movements of the body which helps to develop focus and concentration and keeps the attention within the present moment.
Many of the movements within Qi Gong can involve some exertion, and these movements aim to help us to let go of any negative emotions which may be causing imbalances within the body. The calm and controlled breathing maintained throughout a Qi Gong practice helps to release any stresses and let them melt away. People in the East praise the practice of Qi Gong for their long life expectancy and attribute this to the benefits of working with Chi and the effects this has on their connection with the ground.
After a Qi Gong practice, you can expect to feel a deep sense of calm and ease within the body and the mind. Over time your balance and posture will improve as your muscles develop tone and strength. You may also find that it becomes easier to regulate your emotions rather than letting them guide your actions and behavior.