CHI CULTIVATION & CIRCULATION- Vitalize YOUR CHI with Valentine’s Day Specific exercises.
Feb 13th 6:30- 9:30 pm
BE the architect of your body-
the temple that houses your soul
BE the Tree of Life-
both flexible and persevering
that weathers the contrasts
inherent to all seasons
BE a finely tuned instrument –
echoing your unique vibrant melody
through all ages
Learn Eternal Spring Chi Kung, Nei Kung (Internal Alchemy Training), 5 Element sounds for creating vital health for self and others, and Taoist Meditation.
ENERGIZE PHYSICALLY, E-MOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY- Relieve any Pain and get on with creating your deepest life purpose
SPACE Limited – Reserve with $40 deposit. Call Symanth: 805 835 8991
All 3 classes $135
East Well Being and Tea 1238 Monterey SLO 93401
Qigong(/ˈtʃiːˈɡɒŋ/),qi gong, chi kung, or chi gung(simplified Chinese: 气功; traditional Chinese: 氣功; pinyin: qìgōng; Wade–Giles: ch‘i kung; literally: “Life Energy Cultivation”) is a holisticsystem of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training.With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi(chi), translated as “life energy”.
Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exerciseand relaxation, preventive medicineand self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation and self-cultivation, and training for martial arts.
Research concerning qigong has been conducted for a wide range of medical conditions, including hypertension, pain, and cancer, and with respect to quality of life.Most research concerning health benefits of qigong has been of poor quality, such that it would be unwise to draw firm conclusions at this stage.
Qi(or chi) is often translated as life energy,referring to energy circulating through the body; though a more general definition is universal energy, including heat, light, and electromagnetic energy;and definitions often involve breath, air, gas, or the relationship between matter, energy, and spirit.Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicineand martial arts. Gong(or kung) is often translated as cultivation or work, and definitions include practice, skill, mastery, merit, achievement, service, result, or accomplishment, and is often used to mean gongfu(kung fu) in the traditional sense of achievement through great effort.The two words are combined to describe systems to cultivate and balance life energy, especially for health.
Although the term qigong (氣功) has been traced back to Daoistliterature of the early Tang Dynasty(618-907 AD), the term qigongas currently used was promoted in the late 1940s through the 1950s to refer to a broad range of Chinese self-cultivation exercises, and to emphasize healthand scientificapproaches, while de-emphasizing spiritual practices, mysticism, and elite lineages.
With roots in ancient Chinese culture dating back more than 4,000 years,a wide variety of qigong forms have developed within different segments of Chinese society:in traditional Chinese medicinefor preventive and curative functions;in Confucianismto promote longevity and improve moral character;in Daoismand Buddhismas part of meditative practice;and in Chinese martial artsto enhance fighting abilities.Contemporary qigong blends diverse and sometimes disparate traditions, in particular the Daoist meditative practice of “internal alchemy” (Neidan內丹術), the ancient meditative practices of “circulating qi” (Xing qi 行氣) and “standing meditation” (Zhan zhuang站桩), and the slow gymnastic breathing exercise of “guiding and pulling” (Dao yin導引). Traditionally, knowledge about qigong was passed from adept master to student in elite unbroken lineages, typically with secretive and esoteric traditions of training and oral transmission,and with an emphasis on meditative practice by scholars and gymnastic or dynamic practice by the working masses.
Starting in the late 1940s and the 1950s, the mainland Chinese government tried to integrate disparate qigong approaches into one coherent system, with the intention of establishing a firm scientific basis for qigong practice. In 1949, Liu Guizhen established the name “Qigong” to refer to the system of life preserving practices that he and his associates developed based on Dao yin and other philosophical traditions.This attempt is considered by some sinologistsas the start of the modern or scientific interpretation of qigong.During the Great Leap Forward(1958–1963) and the Cultural Revolution(1966–1976), qigong, along with other traditional Chinese medicine, was under tight control with limited access among the general public, but was encouraged in state-run rehabilitation centers and spread to universities and hospitals. After the Cultural Revolution, qigong, along with t’ai chi, was popularized as daily morning exercise practiced en masse throughout China.
Popularity of qigong grew rapidly during the Deng and Jiang eras after Mao Zedong’sdeath in 1976 through the 1990s, with estimates of between 60 and 200 million practitioners throughout China. Along with popularity and state sanction came controversy and problems: claims of extraordinary abilities bordering on the supernatural, pseudoscience explanations to build credibility,a mental condition labeled qigong deviation,formation of cults, and exaggeration of claims by masters for personal benefit.In 1985, the state-run “National Qigong Science and Research Organization” was established to regulate the nation’s qigong denominations.In 1999, in response to widespread revival of old traditions of spirituality, morality, and mysticism, and perceived challenges to State control, the Chinese government took measures to enforce control of public qigong practice, including shutting down qigong clinics and hospitals, and banning groups such as Zhong Gongand Falun Gong.:161–174Since the 1999 crackdown, qigong research and practice have only been officially supported in the context of health and traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese Health Qigong Association, established in 2000, strictly regulates public qigong practice, with limitation of public gatherings, requirement of state approved training and certification of instructors, and restriction of practice to state-approved forms.
Through the forces of migration of the Chinese diaspora, tourism in China, and globalization, the practice of qigong spread from the Chinese community to the world. Today, millions of people around the world practice qigong and believe in the benefits of qigong to varying degrees. Similar to its historical origin, those interested in qigong come from diverse backgrounds and practice it for different reasons, including for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventive medicine, self-healing, alternative medicine, self-cultivation, meditation, spirituality, and martial arts training.
Qigong comprises a diverse set of practices that coordinate body (調身), breath (調息), and mind (調心) based on Chinese philosophy.Practices include moving and still meditation, massage, chanting, sound meditation, and non-contact treatments, performed in a broad array of body postures. Qigong is commonly classified into two foundational categories: 1) dynamic or active qigong (dong gong), with slow flowing movement; and 2) meditative or passive qigong (jing gong), with still positions and inner movement of the breath.:21770–21772From a therapeutic perspective, qigong can be classified into two systems: 1) internal qigong, which focuses on self-care and self-cultivation, and; 2) external qigong, which involves treatment by a therapist who directs or transmits qi.:21777–21781
As moving meditation, qigong practice typically coordinates slow stylized movement, deep diaphragmatic breathing, and calm mental focus, with visualization of guiding qi through the body. While implementation details vary, generally qigong forms can be characterized as a mix of four types of practice: dynamic, static, meditative, and activities requiring external aids.
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