Cultivating Energy with Qi Gong

I’ve been practicing Qi Gong for the past three years and I’ve found that these simple movements have had a profound impact on my health and well-being. Qi Gong affects the body’s flow of energy and comes from the Taoist and Buddhist traditions, Chinese Medicine and martial arts practice.

Chinese Medicine holds a reverence for the spiritual interconnection of all life and bases its approach to health on a holistic understanding of the body. Preventive care of the body and living in accord with the cycles of nature creates well being. Qi gong practice consists of cultivating chi (vital energy) by coordinating breathing patterns with physical postures and motions that integrate the upper and lower body. This practice breaks down energetic blocks to the free flow of chi throughout the body.

I’m currently taking a class in Chinese Medicine to better understand these profound ancient healing practices. If you’re interested in learning more about Chinese Medicine the book for the class is called “Between Heaven and Earth.”

Mark McKenna teaches Qi Gong on Tuesday mornings at the Circle Center in Fairfax, CA. His teacher is Fong Ha of the Integral Ch’aun Institute.

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Music: Biodrift by DJ BLUE via ccmixter.org.