As we leave 2020 behind and usher in this new year, caring for mind and body is a crucial to setting the stage for our health and happiness as we journey into 2021. For many of us, 2020 challenged our abilities to stay fit and active. Weight gain and stress eating were all too common for many people throughout the stressful pandemic year. Poor health habits can lead to joint paint, anxiety, poor sleep, and out of balance organs. If you are experiencing this kind of trouble right now, you’re certainly not alone. While many people in the US are still waiting for big changes before they can get back to their normal gym routines, there is another exercise you can do from home, right now to see big improvements in your health.

What Exactly Is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is a remarkable form of Chinese exercise that is proven to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit while improving the organ function, decreasing stress, and enliven the mind. Implementing Qi Gong into your self-supporting regimen could be the ancient solution you’re looking for to every day pain and illness. 

Qi Gong emphasizes alignment, slow movements, deep breathing, and focus. It is a movement medicine that has been actively practiced in China for more than 4,000 years.

Why We Love It – The Many Benefits of Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a form of Asian based yoga practice that is frequently performed while standing. By utilizing movement, poses, breath work, self-palpation, sound and purposeful focus, Qi Gong integrates mental and physical wellness. 

One crucial aspect of Qi Gong is meditative breath control. Breath control while doing slow, controlled exercises can decrease anxiety, relieve depression, and heighten the body/mind awareness that is so crucial for avoiding injury. In fact, building a body/mind connection can help greatly improve other forms of exercise.

Qi Gong is a gentle art but that doesn’t mean that the coordination can’t be challenging or the benefits just as significant. Qi Gong exercises actively provide healthy oxygen to the bloodstream which promotes organ health and soothes the central nervous system – not unlike cardio or weight lifting.

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, Qi Gong assists in guiding qi (or life energy), throughout the body. Directing your Qi and balancing your, leads to overall wellness. can help with guiding the body into an internal meditation that helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and to calm the mind, especially after a long day. 

Qi Gong is an exceptional complementary self-care exercise to couple with your regular acupuncture or massage treatments. Acupuncture and Qi Gong both actively work to support the healing process by improving the flow of Qi.

By exploring the art of Qi Gong, we can help our bodies prepare for the new adventures, changes and challenges of 2021. Don’t wait to get back rolling with your health! It’s easy to fall out of healthy habits but it’s so satisfying to get back into the swing of things.