Based on the principals of Chinese medicine, Qigong (pronounced and also referred to as Chi Kung) is a gentle form of exercise that not only promotes healing, but can simultaneously help to relieve or prevent a variety of chronic health problems.
Using a combination of slow movements, meditation and static postures, the practice of Qigong is designed to promote the flow of Chi (or life force) throughout the body, helping to encourage both physical and mental wellbeing.
While Qigong is suitable for everyone regardless of age and experience, this ancient practice is particularly beneficial for older adults and people suffering from stress and anxiety. The combination of physical movement and meditative techniques provide a compelling alternative to high intensity exercise, and the often busy demands of modern life.
In study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, researchers found that after reviewing 77 articles on qigong, there were consistent benefits associated with bone density, cardiopulmonary effects, physical functioning, reduced falls, improved quality of life, lower psychological symptoms and better immune function.
Qigong can be done anywhere and at anytime, either standing, sitting or lying down. The ease and accessibility of classes has led to millions of people practicing Qigong around the world in order to treat or prevent a myriad of diseases; or to simply promote their own spiritual growth and happiness.