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, 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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