QIGONG (INTERNAL ENERGY BALANCE)

How do we bring our body and mind to their optimum levels of energy and efficiency? How do we return to health after an illness or an accident, or maintain good health? Is the ability to enter into a state of deep relaxation and renewal achievable for us?
       In Chinese, the pursuit of these goals is called qigong. "Qi" (qi) can be translated as "vital energy", while "gong" (gong) means "to practice diligently, to cultivate".  In the East Indian culture it is called "pranayama". Vital energy in the European traditions  is signified with the Latin "spiritus", in the Oceanic world it is called "mana".  Usually associated with breath and life force, the concept is common to all world cultures and is essential in even the most ancient health practices.
       Qigong is based on deep relaxation, deep breathing and guided movement.  The return in well being that springs from these three foundations seems out of proportion to the investment of practice time, so much so that it needs to be experienced to be believed.
       Beyond their applications in healing and health maintenance, these practices bring value to another area of endeavor. They belong to the tapas family of exploration tools used to work out the problem of consciousness.
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