Have you heard, “sitting is the new smoking”?
Studies have confirmed a sedentary lifestyle – sitting or lying down for extended periods of time – is linked to some really serious health issues.
The message from the medical profession is clear: exercise regularly or significantly increase your risk of developing serious chronic issues including obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some cancers.
These findings are no surprise to practitioners of the ancient Chinese art of Qigong, which predates acupuncture, tai chi and traditional herbalism.
Based on the concept of intrinsic energy or “life force” – the Qi – Qigong practitioners perform a series of moving meditation exercises that aim to stimulate and enhance energy flow through the body.
In traditional Chinese philosophy energy flow is held to be essential to good health. If energy in the body is blocked, it will lead to stagnation and chronic ill health. The energy is believed to flow through meridians and follow specific paths around and through the various organs.
Aside from philosophical claims regarding the concept of Qi, exercise gurus overwhelmingly support the physical benefits of the exercise regimen. Qigong gets the body moving and gently exercises muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons.
Enthusiasts will testify that regular practice leads to greater overall energy, mobility, flexibility and an easing of those niggling aches and pains that accompany the aging process!
Interestingly, studies have also confirmed that regular Qigong really does deliver numerous benefits. For example, it improves bone density, mobility, balance, lowers blood pressure and significantly reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. It also leads to a more tranquil state of mind and greater resilience to emotional stress, with overall benefits to both physical and mental health.
Even better news is that Qigong is suitable for anyone, regardless of age or fitness. There is even a saying in Qigong circles: “While there is breath, there is hope”, meaning even the frailest person, so long as they are capable of breathing, can benefit from this ancient healing modality.
Stephen Carroll, medical health professional, meditation and Qigong practitioner, is now offering Qigong classes at the Crookwell Tea House & Gallery on Monday nights, from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. Classes cost $15 and are suitable for all abilities. Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
- Enquiries: 0404 981 055