Qi Gong (pronounced chee gung) is a Chinese practice of energy cultivation whose roots go back many thousands of years. Qi means “life-force” and Gong means “work, dedicated practice, or persistent effort”. Learning to play a musical instrument, for example, requires Gong.
So Qi Gong is really a way to upgrade your life-force through regular, devoted practice. It is a method of becoming re-attuned to nature. Practicing Qi Gong means, above all else, learning to be natural.
Like Tai Chi, Qi Gong involves a series of flowing movements coordinated with breath. Some forms are done standing, some sitting and some walking. But Qi Gong is more than a personal pursuit. It has applications in medicine, martial arts, spiritual development and even, in past times, the military.
Qi Gong has physical, mental and spiritual levels of practice. If you are weak, Qi Gong can be used to revitalize and strengthen your body. It can generate great stamina and inner calm.
Qi Gong can also be used by a healer (one possessed of powerful Qi) to direct outwards towards a recipient. The healer’s strong spiritual, mental and physical Qi is emitted into the ailing body of the patient to stimulate self-healing.
The roots of Qi Gong lie in Taoism. Over the centuries, many styles and variations have been developed. Our Infinite Body practice draws from authentic Taoist tradition as well as from direct, unimpeded observation of nature: animals, clouds, whales, insects, birds, stars, galaxies, wind, leaves and above all the movements of water in its many shapes and forms.
“Self-care Qi Gong”: a community class
Suggested donation: $10 – $15
Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00am
Location: Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor, WA
Private/semi private group lessons also available. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 370 7059.