I am often asked: “ What is that class you teach that starts with a Q?” No one knows how to pronounce it and it seems foreign. However, Qigong (Chee-Gung) is one of the most common exercises in the world! One of the reasons it is not popular in the U.S., in my opinion, is because it requires you to go slow and pay attention. Americans want their exercise to be strenuous and difficult. They want their exercise to be challenging. They want their exercise to make them feel like they have done something for the day.
Qigong can do all of those things if the student can focus, but that’s where Americans struggle. I have had tons of people come to my Qigong class and never come back. It makes me giggle, because I was there. I was the student in the back who had done the same exercise 4 times before the teacher was half way done. I thought, “ ok, I get it, what’s the next one…”. I honestly didn’t understand why anyone practiced qigong. But there was a part of me that knew I had to keep practicing. It was really hard for me to go slow. Impossible at times. It still is, even after 5 years of consistent practice. That is the point. Qigong is about feeling all the fine tendons and ligaments in the body. It is about feeling exactly how your body moves through space. It is about feeling how the breath (your energy) moves through the body as you move. It is not possible to feel all that if you go fast. It is not possible to feel that if your head space is full of thoughts. The only way to feel your own body on this level is to empty the mind, breathe, and focus. Each time you practice qigong it will be different, but you will begin to feel whole, strong, and you will move more fluidly. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
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