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Closely related to Tai Chi, Qigong (“chee gung” or “chee kung”) is an ancient system of Chinese self-healing exercises, breathing techniques and meditations. These exercises act to relax and strengthen the body and mind, and enhance students’ chi (life energy). Qigong has its roots in Taoism and is thousands of years old. While the movements of Qigong may be different than those of Tai Chi in some cases, both practices incorporate strength and flexibility with breathing exercises, focused attention and imagery. Some of the Qigong movements have names like “pressing the heavens with two hands”, “drawing the bowstring and letting the arrows fly” and “big bear turns from side to side”.
We incorporate some basic Qigong movements in our warm-up for Tai Chi classes. In our advanced sessions, Sifu Charles Leong helps to guide students along their own paths of healthier bodies, clearer minds and personal awakening, with the ancient practice of Qigong being a rewarding and enlightening part of that journey.
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