The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. Qigong practice involve a moving or stationary posture, breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others.

Qigong is practiced for meditation and self-cultivation as part of various philosophical and spiritual traditions. As meditation, qigong is a means to still the mind and enter a state of consciousness that brings serenity, clarity, and bliss. Many practitioners find qigong, with its gentle focused movement, to be more accessible than seated meditation. 

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As a moving meditation, qigong practice typically coordinates slow organic movement, deep diaphragmatic breathing, and calm mental focus, with visualization of guiding qi through the body.  

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Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into the “now” to increase the present moment awareness. Qigong is practice for self-healing, meditation, and cultivation of life energy.