Help Me Relax! Mind and Body Benefits of Qigong

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Are you looking for a relaxation technique that can change your life and health for the better? If so, you may want to consider qigong. Qigong is a Taoist yoga practice that combines the mind and body in harmony together. It literally means “life energy cultivation.”

This ancient Chinese practice has many benefits for the body, and you are never too old to learn!

Qi: Keeping the Mind and Body Balanced

Qi–also called “chi” and pronounced “chee”–refers to the life force that runs throughout the body. For a healthy life, a balanced and unobstructed flow of qi is needed. It flows through what are termed meridian lines. These run along the body and intersect at different points.

Benefits of the Body

Qigong may involve movement of the body or movement of the mind. As the body moves through the various yoga forms, there are physical payoffs.

For instance, the body experiences greater flexibility, stamina, and balance. Muscles are more pliable, which leads to greater balance and fewer injuries to the body during daily movements. Also, increased stamina is a major help for busy people.

Another physical benefit is total body health. Qigong movements result in positive changes in the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems – to name a few.

Restoring the flow of qi can release toxins from the body to be eliminated via the lymphatic system. As toxins leave the body, the skin improves and sleep is deeper and more restorative.

Benefits of the Mind

Some practices of qigong involve focusing the mind to improve the mind/body connection. To focus the energy, one can learn to concentrate on the breathing. This type of practice can result in greater mental clarity and an opening of the “third eye,” which can provide insight into higher spiritual planes.

With a relaxed and enlightened mind, one can also achieve emotional peace. Those who practice forms of qigong have noticed that they experience deeper emotions of joy, satisfaction, and acceptance of themselves and others. The grieving process is better handled as well.

For any form of yoga like qigong, practice makes perfect. It takes a measure of dedication to keep the flow of life energy moving through the body unobstructed. For more information and a trained teacher, check for local classes in your area.

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