Integrative Qigong: conscious and mindful movement
Qigong is more than exercise, it's a healing discipline for the body. It is a unique combination of movement, breath and meditation that improves the functioning of virtually all of the systems of the body and has both preventative and curative effects. Traditional qigong is an Eastern self healing practice, originating from China and dating back over 4,000 years. Qigong enables the cultivation of energy, vitality and relaxation and it delivers a wide range of physical and mental health benefits.
Integrative Qigong is a little different to its traditional counterpart but just as powerful in terms of delivering the benefits of Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement, the integrative approach is more accessible for our modern lifestyles allowing people to experience the benefits without the thousands of hours of practice. Our focus is body awareness, mindfulness and relaxation rather than the cultural and traditional aspects, and level of mastery required for the traditional styles of practice.
Effectively it is a moving meditation that explores acupressure, slow stretches, gentle flowing movements and mindfulness, the style is modern and integrative and it brings together traditional qigong, tai chi and daoyin yoga.. During practice we focus and anchor our attention on the breath and the body, and we use the meditative techniques of intention and visualisation to support the mind.
Being 'Mindful' means focusing on the present moment, on purpose, in a particular way. We bring together being in the present moment with gentle stretches, flowing movements and the breath to create ‘Mindful Movement'. We intentionally focus on our movement and our breath thereby creating a relaxing but energising moving meditation.
Mindful Movement can be used to describe any movement activity that is practiced mindfully. It may be qigong, tai chi, yoga, swimming, hiking or a number of other activities. The difference between Mindful Movement and other movement; exercise, sport or fitness activities is the intent in which we place on the practice. We aren't playing to win, be the best at something, burn calories or to be part of a team.
When we practice Integrative Qigong our intention is to become embodied, and to connect with ourselves in a holistic way. The three principals of Qigong practice are Body, Mind and Breath and we utilise these as our anchors to the present moment during our Integrative Qigong practice.
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