Maybe this Meet-Up Forum will provide the means to do what I have been Thinking about for as long as I’ve been on the site: getting together with some of you (virtually) to do Qigong. I am a Certified Qigong Instructor but don’t want to offer a class in person or online and feel that I have to be there every week at a certain time Since my schedule is too erratic to offer classes on a regular schedule. The informality of a Meet up appeals to me. I have thought for some time about how much I’d like to meet some of this community and do Qigong together, since I have found it so beneficial myself. My interest is not so much in leading as in sharing the experience, even virtually. If there are other Qigong instructors or aficionados in this group who would would like to lead, I am all for that too. We could take turns on occasional Meet ups.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Qigong is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and refers to energy cultivation. Tai Chi (which is better known) is the martial arts application of Qigong. Sometime the same movements are used, but with different intent. Qigong is inwardly focused and helps develop the mind-body connection. It can be done with one movement repeated many times and can be thought of as moving meditation. There is no need to memorize a “form” which is a long sequence of tai chi movements. Not that I have anything against Tai Chi! Not at all! I know several long Tai Chi forms and practice everyday, but tend to do them with Qigong intent, very slowly smoothly Steadily, thinking about energy flow rather than about “my opponent”, that imaginary foe one fights in a martial arts form.
For people who struggle to meditate, Qigong can offer an interesting alternative; the slow steady movements, can be calming to mind and body, and give the mind something to focus on that is a break from the rest of the day. Practicing with other people is important Since doing Qigong in a group develops an energy field among the participants. Not sure how that would work online. But who knows? At least it would be fun, and relaxing and we’d be together, reducing stress.
Is anyone interested ?
If you are, please reply.
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