Qigong

Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is a system of slow movements, breathing techniques and meditations that promote relaxation and self-healing.  This is an ancient practice used to accumulate, cleanse, and refine our life force (Qi), improving the health and harmony of mind and body. Over the centuries, a diverse spectrum of Qigong forms developed in different segments of Chinese society. It is related to Taiji Chuan (Tai Chi), but is generally thought of as more meditative and straightforward to practice. Qigong can be used for health and healing, spiritual development or martial arts.

Styles taught include:

  • Quantum Movement
  • Bone Marrow Cleansing
  • Healing Sounds
  • 5 Element
  • Yi Quan
  • Primordial
  • Taiji Ruler
  • Coiling Silk
  • Shen Gong
man practicing Qigong in the Mountains

Mindfulness

Mindfulness practices involve learning to pay attention in a particular way: in the present moment and without judgment. It is a way of developing a new relationship with your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations; reducing the ways we struggle and fight with ourselves.  Integrating mindfulness into your daily life has been shown to decrease a range of symptoms including: chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression and hypertension.  Mindfulness can be taught individually or by attending programs such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Optimized Living Training. Mindfulness is also a style of NeuroMeditation which allows a subject to engage in non-judgmental awareness of the present moment and non-attachment to thoughts, feelings and sensations. This in turn allows one to balance their system and gain a calm awareness of their mind/body. These practices are associated with calming portions of the brain involved in the stress response. They teach the brain to become flexible and let go of habitual ways of perceiving yourself, others, or the environment.

Mindfulness practices include:

  • Seated meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Taiji Quan/Qigong
  • Yoga
  • Biofeedback
  • Body Scan
  • Daily activities, such as eating and doing the dishes

Workshops are also available and more information on them can be found here.

Seated Meditation to achieve Mindfulness