4 Reasons Why You Should Try Qigong
Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice based on the principle that qi, or energy, is within the human body and can be controlled to flow better in order to achieve physical, mental, and emotional wellness. If you’re considering learning Qigong but are on the fence about its potential benefits, here are four reasons why you should start practicing.
1. Lowers Stress and Risk of Depression
One study claims that Qigong can lower the symptoms of depression. In the study, people who practiced Qigong found themselves to be less anxious and in a better mood afterward. But, it’s not just one study making these claims. Research examining psychological benefits of Qigong and other similar practices, like tai chi, is growing fast. In a randomized controlled trial, research reveals consistent and promising output for a number of health benefits of practicing Qigong, including lower stress levels.
2. Learn Mindfulness
Qigong revolves around principles originating from Taoism and Buddhism. In addition to improving your mood, Qigong can help you become more mindful and self-aware. Qigong mixes controlled breathing, a sequence of slow movements, and meditation. Regular practice of Qigong can enhance your ability to focus on other aspects of life, including work, study, and listening skills.
3. Lowers Risk of Chronic Conditions
Qigong classes are a low-impact exercise that focuses on breathing techniques and slow range of motions. As mentioned earlier, Qigong lowers stress levels, enhances blood flow, and improves overall wellness. All of these can lead to a lower risk of contracting chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiac infarction.
4. Can Be Practiced Anytime, Anywhere
As a form of exercise, Qigong has a low barrier to entry. It can be practiced anywhere without the need for specific clothing or equipment. All you need is enough space to move your arms and legs freely. Since Qigong involves range-of-motion exercises, it’s best to wear loose clothing that allows you to move without restriction.
One of the draws of Qigong is how its benefits can encompass both improvements in mind and body. The practice is non-strenuous, inexpensive, and versatile enough that you can do it anytime and anywhere. If you’re interested in taking Qigong classes, reach out to Seasons in Our Life.