BREATH + HEALTH
Breath is the first thing we experience at birth and it is the last thing we relinquish as we depart. Throughout our lives, most of us take breathing for granted, placing it on the ’back burner’ in ‘auto mode’. However, when we change that pattern and begin to breath consciously and effectively, incredible health and anti aging benefits occur.
Long ago, the Chinese realized this and developed Qigong as an effective method to explore the positive effects of breath and energy. Ancient Indian culture did this in a similar manner with their creation of pranayama practices in the Yoga tradition.
‘Qigong’ (pronounced “chee-gung”) is the study and practice of breath and energy. It involves very simple body movements combined with proper breathing techniques. It does not require memorizing a sequence of movements as with Tai Chi and is direct, simple and easy to follow. Qigong is ‘moving meditation’. It’s effects are calming and relaxing allowing one to connect to a deep inner space; and it can bring about a sense of centered wholeness.
We all know what it is like when an automobile or lawn mower is trying to function with a dirty air filter: poor and inefficient performance results. We have become a nation of shallow, upper-chest mouth breathers, which has resulted in health complications.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A QIGONG CLASS?
In Qigong class at Waynesville Yoga Center, we will explore the whole phenomenon of breathing and it’s dynamics, including modern research into breath work. The classes are offered in a relaxed, causal manner where everyone can feel comfortable and at ease, no matter what one’s age or body condition.
We all age, but it is up to us to explore and practice techniques that help us to age gracefully. By doing this, it provides us with the good health necessary to actively engage in life with vitality and vigor no matter what our age. Qigong and effective conscious breathing techniques have a long history in positively effecting overall health, well being and longevity.
Modern life swirls around us, but the practice of Qigong can root us much like a tree firmly planted in the earth. It can provide a path for us to experience a grounded sense of quiet peacefulness.