Rooted in the traditions of Daoism (Taoism) and Buddhism, qigong, which literally translates as ‘energy work,’ includes an incredible variety of practices intended to develop, move, focus, or transform qi–vital energy in its myriad forms. Sometimes referred to as neigong, or ‘inner work,’ these practices range from seated meditation to standing postures to moving forms, and include formal exercises, internal martial arts such as taijiquan (t’ai chi ch’uan) and xingyiquan, and informal practices–cooking, working, drinking tea, or going for a walk can be qigong if undertaken with intentionality.
From the perspective of classical Chinese medicine, the practice of qigong is important both because of its remarkable restorative and health-promoting capacity, and because of its capacity to deepen one’s connection with self, others, and environment–to live with ever-increasing sensitivity, mindfulness, relationality, and embodiedness. Qigong is both transformative, and a reflection of the essence of who one is–a practice of being as fully as possible oneself, which is its own form of healing.
As an element of integrative psychotherapy, I offer the possibility of including Daoist Five Yin medical qigong as taught by Eve Soldinger, yiquan (dachengquan) standing meditation (zhan zhuang) as taught by Dr. Randy Sugawara, and other qigong, standing, and seated meditation practices from a variety of systems.
For public/drop-in instruction in the practice of Daoist Five Yin Qigong, you may wish to attend Dr. Roxanne Chan’s ongoing Wednesday evening class in downtown Anchorage.
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