On my 45 birthday, I walked into a beautiful wood paneled room, warm and inviting, with Suzannah Stason, and joined a class of people practicing qigong together. It was my first qigong class ever, and when it was done, I was hooked. I promptly fell in love with the breathing, movement, energy and beauty of qigong.
Since that birthday, I began a Traditional Chinese Medicine course in the healing arts of qigong, learned several new forms and developed a daily qigong practice of my own. This healing modality connects me to my own energy, allowing space to feel into my own body and energetic being. Moving through these gentle exercises is a moving meditation for me, keeping me grounded and centered on toughest days.
Some days I practice qigong for my own healing. Some days I practice qigong because I need to find grounding and balance. And some days I practice qigong because it just makes me feel good. But most days I practice to find my center balance and a connection to my mind, body and spirit.
Please see Jennifer's article on "What is Qigong: A Student Perspective"
What is qigong? “A practice of simple movements, breath and intention meant to connect us to the earth, sky, other people and most importantly to ourselves. Qigong is a way to participate in our own health, bringing more vitality, space, and openness into our hearts. What makes qigong so special is this focus on intention. What your mind is doing matters! What your focus is on matters more than what your body is doing. Yes, it is exercise but exercise for the body, the heart and the spirit or this qi energy. What your mind is doing during the practice is really the goal.” --SS