Qigong is energy work.
It is a practice that settles, stretches and stimulates the body, quiets the mind, and brings the emotions to a neutral state. This brings us back to the essence of who we are, so the body, mind, emotions are guiding us, not leading us.
How do you even pronounce that?
It's as if you were going to say cheese, but dropped the "s." And gong is generally pronounced exactly the way you would think. So, it's Chee Gong.
You'll find many different spellings due to the translations over the course of time. Just as Tai Chi and Taiji are the same thing, just a different translation from different times.
It's all the same thing.
So, what is energy work? It's harmonizing and balancing the tools we have (body, mind, emotions) so that the essence or spirit of who we are lives a long, rich life. In our western world it amounts to this:
1. Building awareness of our physical, emotional, and mental centers. This is a key teaching that is pivotal in truly using the practice of Qigong to benefit energy flow. So much energy stagnates due to our mental, emotional and physical states not being in balance.
2. As we build the awareness of these centers (also called dantians) we learn to be advised by them, rather than led by them. We practice being led by our sage voice, or, what I call the Essence of who we are.
3. Cultivating a smooth flow in and around our lives due to our practice that doesn't just rest on physical movements, but the whole of being human. This includes the rich states of emotion and thought, which aren't to be dismissed or controlled. They are to be witnessed as guides that can bring us much deeper wisdom about our own experiences.
4. Using the tools of Qigong to bring our mental, physical and emotional states into balance when we notice them begin to whirl.
5. Stretching and strengthening the body so that while we are on this earth, we treat the body we have with respect and kindness listening to what the body needs. It never lies.
Well, you might ask...isn't that what taiji does? What's the difference between the two?
Yes. Both do very similar things.
Here's the difference between the two I teach. I teach a simple version of Qigong called Baduanjin or 8 Pieces of Brocade. It is a physically accessible practice so that we can begin to dive into the subtle sensing and cultivating energy to bring some balance to our lives.
Taiji is a practice that is more complex than qigong. Physically, there are many more nuances and layers to the practice that can truly take a lifetime. That's just the physical part. It takes deep dedication for both practices, but I believe Taiji is much more difficult to learn. The movements are more challenging to remember and difficult to complete. We definitely cultivate energy in Taiji, as well as memory, proprioception, equilibrioception, and our neurological system.
Both are lifelong practices that reveal gifts continually.
There are two ways to learn Qigong through Shift With Lucy. One is to purchase the online course. You will have access to the course 24/7 for the rest of your life.
The other is to become a Journeyer Member of Shift with Lucy and have access to all courses including Qigong, Taiji, Meditation, as well as select Workshops and Classes.
My monthly membership reduces the upfront cost of courses and gives you monthly access to all of the courses I offer including select workshops, classes and specials.
Monthly membership is $39.95 but the first month is free so that you have a chance to see if these programs are for you.
Sometimes you just know what you want to focus on. That's why we offer a simple program for learning a course at a time.
With Over 35 lessons covering History, Fundamentals of movement, Theory, Energy (Qi), Breath Work, Printable PDFs, and Multi-angled videos for each of the 8 movements, you will build a foundation of knowledge for a lifetime of practice.
This course is available with 24/7 lifetime access.
This is a great place to join with others who are putting a mindful shift into their lives. In the Shift With Lucy Community, we explore how all of these mindful practices like Taiji, Qigong, Meditation, are not limited to the room in which you practice. The energy of these practices generates out into the rest of your life building sage, centered people walking the earth.
There is no cost to join this Community! Hope to see you there.
If you know you'd like to learn Qigong, but you're also curious about taiji, learn more about the online course here.
This is a course with over 60 lessons, printables, presentations, meditations, and so much more.
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