QIGONG at the Samish Center for Mindful Compassion, Wednesday mornings (9:00-10:00)
Join us on Wednesday mornings from 9-10 for Qigong, $10 drop-in fee. Class is occasionally canceled when I’m out of town; check the calendar for current schedule.
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What is Qigong?
Qigong, is an ancient Chinese health care system developed to reduce tension and improve health. It integrates:
- physical postures, moving or stationary
- breathing techniques
- focused intention
The word Qigong combines two Chinese words:
- Qi, pronounced chee, is usually translated to mean the life force that flows through all things in the universe. It is that vital energy that makes life exciting, fun, creative, and joyful. Instinctively we know that the more energy we have, the better we feel.
- Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill cultivated through steady practice. The subtle skill of breath control is one of the keys to circulating the flow of internal energy in the body.
Thus the term Qigong may be translated as cultivating energy, as well as breathing exercise. Regular qigong practice cultivates our connection with our life force energy.
Although qigong is based in Taoism, it is not necessary to learn or believe Taoist philosophy to benefit or practice qigong. People of all ages, life circumstances, and spiritual and religious persuasions enjoy qigong.
What physical benefits may arise from practicing Qigong?
The gentle movements, and focused intention of Qigong help:
- Reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system.
- Improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
- Decrease chronic muscle and joint pain.
- Regain and maintain a youthful vitality, promote balance, and help speed recovery from illness.
What other benefits arise from practicing Qigong?
One important long-term effect is that Qigong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection.
People practice Qigong to support general health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit. Regular practice of qigong cultivates harmony, emotional stability, inner tranquility, and enjoyment of life while at the same time may reduce stress, anger, anxiety, depression, and rumination.
What can I expect during class?
Class consists of 3 components:
- Gentle flowing warm-up exercises
- 2 standing forms developed and passed on to me by my long-time Taoist teacher
- A seated form developed by me with an intention on compassion
Wear loose comfortable clothing
Bring a meditation cushion for the seated form, or a rolled yoga mat or yoga block works well also. Chairs are available if you prefer to sit on a chair.
$10 fee per class
About Amy Pattee Colvin
I first discovered meditation in the mid-1990s via a style called Sum Faht, a blend of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. I was attracted to the movement and energy-oriented components of this style of meditation. Rather than being expected to sit in stillness, students connect with their own internal wisdom and internal energy (qi), and through the process of harmonizing with that energy, movement arises. This free-flowing movement shares space with stillness and seated meditation, as well as formal movement practices of qigong, mudra, and walking meditation. My teacher, Leong Tan, developed two qigong forms for his students, which I’m pleased to share with you.