Qigong (pronounced “chee-goong”) originated in China over 4,000 years ago and is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine (yes, even before Tai Chi). It is a series of gentle exercise that involves breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation, which acts to cleanse, strengthen and circulate the life energy (qi) allowing it to flow smoothly and unobstructed, while also stimulating and restoring the body. In western science, this idea is explained through Qigong’s ability to improve circulation and lymphathic drainage. Today, holistic practitioners promote Qigong for its proven stress-reducing benefits, plus its ability to improve flexibility and inner-focus.
A major advantage of Qigong is that it is extremely low impact; hence any age, gender, and physical ability can benefit from this practice.
How can Qigong benefit corporate audiences?
now know how sitting too long can weaken your body; the circulation of your
ﬂuids becomes sluggish and your tension increases. This strains our nervous
system, which lessens the ability of your mind to remain fully awake and
concentrate on tasks required at work.
The purpose of teaching monks Qigong was to provide them with a stable internal body and energy structure to keep them physically comfortable and mentally alert. Qigong enabled them to sit cross-legged on the ﬂoor comfortably for prolonged periods, without stiffness, pain or loss of energy. In the same way, these exercises will help anyone in a sedentary job to be better able to concentrate and stay productive when sitting at a desk or computer for long hours at a time, while giving mental and emotional benefits such as relaxation and de-stressing.
Special clothing and settings are not required with qigong; and implementation can be done at any office setting.
Research has demonstrated consistent, significant results for a number of health benefits in Qigong – increase in bone density, cardiopulmonary effects, physical function, falls and related risk factor prevention, Quality of Life, self-efficacy, psychological, and immune function. Plus a lot more common ailments:
high levels of anxiety/stress
heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol
muscle aches and pains
joint pain, osteoarthritis or tendonitis
fatigue, low energy and trouble sleeping
ADHD and learning disabilities
low immune system function and susceptibility to infections or illnesses
those with other circulatory, lymphatic and digestive problems (such as intestinal or kidney problems)
older adults who can’t perform intense exercise
Qigong is increasingly becoming popular among the West, and athletes too are using its proprioceptive benefits to enhance skill levels in their domains. Here’s Lee Holden doing a small demonstration in California:
The benefits of Qigong are usually felt quite quickly. Those who are not familiar with the practice may be pleasantly surprised by its impact on the body.
Give it a try at our uniquely curated retreat this month with master Mahesh Pathirana – Kaya Wellness Day Out II or call 077 733 7430 to learn more on how you can introduce this practice at your home or office!