Chi is everywhere, in every living thing; it's in the plants and trees, the earth and stars, and in you and me. Ancient Chinese philosophy states that Chi is the essence that sustains all life in the universe. If we get overly busy, stressed, and reactive in our thoughts and emotions though, Chi becomes stagnant and blocked, leading to aches and pains, low energy, and illness.
Fortunately, by practising simple postures and movements through Chi Kung (Qigong) and Tai Chi, we can increase the flow of Chi through the body. This releases stagnation and blocks, improving energy and overall health. Numerous research studies have shown the health benefits of regular practice, but first-hand experience is all the proof that is needed.
Jackie, a regular practitioner, says, “I love the practice of Chi Kung. After I do my practice in the morning I can feel my energy increase and my mind clear. I am becoming more aware of sensations inside my body and am feeling more grounded.”
Jessica started taking Chi Kung classes last fall on Bowen. As a result she says she’s experienced "much less stress, anxiety and depression, so they're not even a problem anymore. Chi Kung has been one of the greatest practices. It’s been a best friend through growing and learning through the body."
Chi Kung can take many forms, including Flying Crane Chi Kung, offered this fall on Bowen by certified Chi Kung instructor, Denise Richard.
“This Chi Kung is wonderful for newcomers as it enables the flow of Chi in the main channels to create a foundation through which other forms of Chi Kung can be practiced,” says Denise.
Practising Chi Kung not only improves mental, physical, and emotional health, but supports spiritual health as well. Denise explains that the student who learns the ancient art of Chi Kung and Tai Chi is taught to develop energy and transform it into consciousness; for as Chi builds in the body the next step is for the alchemy of the heart to take place. Chi rises into the heart plexus and then becomes the agent through which the heart is refined, opened and clarified. As this happens a clear light appears in the heart plexus and it becomes the foundation for awareness.
"By practising simple and precise movements, the energy system becomes infused with Chi and begins to relax. Just like a child who is held in the arms of a loving mother, the practitioner of Taoist arts learns that a greater force is present and available to help hold, nourish, and heal within the surrounding environment."
If you would like to calm your mind, heal and energize your body, while expanding your consciousness, sign up for Flying Crane Chi Kung classes starting mid-September through Bowen Community Recreation (www.bowencommunityrecreation.com).