Qigong and Practitioners
At the heart of Chinese Medicine is the essential principle of prevention: health as a continuous process and each of us an active participant in creating the right conditions for wellness and the flourishing of life.
Qi Gong comes from a long history of cultivation, purification, and longevity practices developed over the course of thousands of years in China, including the "nourishing life” arts, schools of Daoist internal alchemy, and the teachings of dao yin - the precursor to what today we call Qi Gong.
Qi Gong literally means ‘breath work’, and generally extends to “energy cultivation.” It is a general term for highly intentional exercises that circulate, concentrate, or otherwise manipulate the various subtle energies of the body, mind, and spirit.
In general, the practice of Qi Gong attempts to maximize the internal use, generation, and storage of energy. So movements, if any, are generally done slowly, sparingly, and with the utmost mindfulness. It is said that there are three major components of Qi Gong: the posture, the breath, and the mind. Different types of Qi Gong have different intentions and different appearances, yet all are explicitly working with the posture, breathing, and mental focus. When all three of these are in perfect alignment with each other, then the body can take care of its various errands of digesting, healing, moving, growing, relaxing, and so on, with much greater efficiency and control.
Anybody can practice Qi Gong regardless of their physical or mental limitations, as long as they can find the will to learn it and the time to do it. While technology allows for many choices of recorded lessons amidst the wide variety of online teachings, there is no substitute for the direct transmission of an experienced practitioner and regular classes to offer discipline, timely corrections, and ongoing support.
To support you in realizing yourself as a steward of your own health and to develop skills and techniques to nurture a vital existence, here is a listing of Qi Gong instructors and classes in Vermont.
Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac.
Tai Chi Chuan - Yang Style
Ongoing classes in Bristol
Qigong, Taoist Meditation, Integration of Mind and Body
Non - Members
Certified Wild Goose Qigong instructor