Thursday, July 26, 2012

Qi Gong Is For Me

Qi Gong is a slow, focused form of movement that is both relaxing and strengthening at the same time. Unlike yoga, the muscles aren't stretched at the joint so aggressively, so if you have joint problems, it's less stressful to perform.

There is a form of Qi Gong called Baduanjin, which is 8 specific movements called the 8 Brocades, or Silken Moves that flow together and can be easily remembered.

There are some great beginner DVD's to follow (Lee Holden, Chris Pei, Deborah Davis, Matthew Cohen) and I recommend checking out some of the 8 Brocade performances on YouTube.

I've been able to maintain strength through practicing Qi Gong, and a knee injury that was bothersome with yoga is no longer an issue.

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