Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is an ancient healing system from China composed of slow, gentle physical movements paired with breathing techniques and meditation practices. Qigong practice is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine. The Chinese word “Qigong” roughly translates to “life energy cultivation”.
QiGong is a traditional Chinese mind/body exercise and meditation that uses slow and precise body movements with controlled breathing and mental focusing to improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength and overall health.
The National Qigong Association (NQA) offers 2 Professional Member Certifications: Teacher and Clinical. Certification is internal to the NQA as there is presently no national standard. The Qigong Teacher Track has 4 Skill Levels: ranging from Level I with at least 200 hours of formal Qigong training, to Level IV, the Highest Certification granted. A Level IV Teacher has at least 1000 hours of training and has taught instructors of qigong or qigong clinical therapists for 10 years or more. The NQA Clinical Track certifies Clinical Practitioners who practice applications of healing qigong, and may also teach prescriptive exercises. Criteria includes: at least 500 hours documented formal Qigong training, a minimum of 2 years clinical experience, and a current liability insurance policy.
Relax into your body with gentle and energizing movements that activate the body’s meridian pathways, loosen the joints, cultivate internal awareness and clear blocked and stagnant Qi. Taught by Oliver Wilson, who can be reached at 520-881-0723 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $10 drop in or 5 classes for $35
Mary Schneider, Medical Qigong Instructor leads this class that combines breathing techniques and physical postures designed to relieve stress. Movements can be adapted for all ability levels.
Cost: $7 a class.