Qigong, Qi huh?

June 25, 2013 0 Comments

Ying and Yang

 I live in Iowa, in the middle of the US.  Where I live it is true, literally, what kids say, “Dig a hole through the earth and you’ll end up in China”.  Step outside my back door and you can dig, dig, dig all the way to China.

The point is that I probably couldn’t live further from China, so explaining my post-retirement career to my friends and family has been an exercise in translating Chinese to English, when I am far from fluent in Chinese.  But, if I am to grow my business, I have to find a way to engage and interest family, friends and clients in the ancient arts of  Chinese Qigongand Tai Chi.

Qi-huh?  ” Qigong” (Chee-gong) dates back almost 4000 years and is an Chinese healing art involving meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises designed to improve physical and mental well-being and to prevent disease.  Qigong is the “mother” of Tai Chi.  Tai Chi (Tie-Chee) is a martial art form descended from 5 traditional families:  Chen, Yang, Wu(Hao) and Sun.  Tai Chi resembles  slow or faster choreographed pre-set, memorized sequences of movements.  Oh, and by the way, there are as many different forms and practices as there are practitioners.

In fact, the Tai Chi joke is, ” How many Tai Chi practitioners does it take to change a light bulb?  Answer:  It takes one hundred.  One to change the bulb, and 99 to say “we don’t do it that way.”

Unless you plan to become a master, I recommend finding a Qigong or Tai Chi class, experience the health and stress releasing benefits  and forget worrying about whether you are practicing Qigong or Tai Chi.

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First born, awkward teenager, young professional, wife, Momma, divorced wife, Grammy, wife (again), business owner, Fortune 500 Corporation executive, career coach, , middle aged, reader, writer, fly fisher, joke teller, fast driver, INFJ, Aquarius, Feng Shui hobbyiest, Starbucks drinker, Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner and teacher, Iowan....Of all my labels, momma, grammy and wife are the most cherished

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