Carlos Durana has been practicing and teaching Qigong for more than 35 years and teaches classes and seminars in Qigong. Click here for information on the current schedule.
What is Qigong?
Qigong, or life energy cultivation, is the art and practice of exercising to enhance, balance, and rejuvenate the body’s “life energy”, its Qi. In Chinese Medicine, most ailments are believed to be caused by the stagnation of this energy. Developed in China, Qigong is a form of complementary medicine that is used not only for prevention, vitality and healing, but also for self-development.
Qigong practice can be classified as medical, martial, or spiritual. All these practices share several things in common; they involve the integration of slow and gentle flowing movements, balanced postures, meditation, slow deep breathing, sound and touch to promote the functioning of internal organs, circulation, balance, strength and flexibility. Qigong can also be experienced as an “internal exercise” for directing the body’s Qi energy and removing energy blocks, thereby relaxing and harmonizing the body, emotions, mind, and spirit.
Rooted in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, Qigong training over the centuries had been secretive and esoteric; many methods have been developed over 2,000 years and passed from teacher to student. In China, during the last three decades the emphasis has shifted away from philosophy and spiritual attainment to medicine, health benefits, and martial arts. Today, Qigong has spread to millions throughout the world.
The spiritual aspect of Qigong evolved from Taoism and Buddhism. The practice has been used to enhance self-awareness, harmonize emotions, develop tranquility and well-being, and cultivate spiritual faculties.
Despite the wide variety of Qigong practices, Qigong can be a benefit to anyone; whether young or old and regardless of level of physical fitness, belief system or life situation, Qigong can be practiced anywhere without the need of special clothing, or adherence to any belief system.
How to find a qualified instructor?
Check your local area for Tai Chi schools, acupuncturists, or martial arts schools. An excellent resource, the National Qigong Association has a list of instructors at www.NQA.org or call 888-815-1893. Check the instructors’ background and experience. Visit a class and evaluate whether is right for you.