Qi Moving Meditation

Qi is, very simply put, energy. Qi (pronounced chee) moving meditation focuses the breath, mind and body on moving qi (energy) throughout the body. This relaxes the body through gentle movements, and energizes the body in a gentle manner. After practicing Qi moving meditation you will feel more focused and alert.

T’ai chi ch’uan, as it is formally known, derives from a form of Chinese martial arts. Explaining the slow, circular movement of the practice, Arthur Rosenfeld, a tai chi master and the author of a new book called “Tai Chi — The Perfect Exercise: Finding Health, Happiness, Balance, and Strength”, said tai chi is a philosophical term that means the harmonious interplay of opposing forces.

When nature encounters a strong force, the way it answers that force to maintain harmony in the world is with a spiral, he said. “Astronomers see galaxies moving in spirals, water goes down the drain in a spiral, tornadoes form as a spiral. We spiral in tai chi because the most effective way to move fluid through solid is a spiral.” **

The Golden Peak Temple at the top of Wudang Mountain, China

The Golden Peak Temple at the top of Wudang Mountain, China

Qi Gong, or Chi Kung, is centuries-old exercise created in China to keep the body healthy. There are very many styles and forms of Qi Gong, the style I teach is the Wudang style. Wudang Mountain, in China, is where Zhang Sanfeng first created the moving forms of Tai Chi in the 12th century. But Qi Gong predates this by many centuries.

Presently I am teaching two forms of Qi Gong, Yang Sheng and Hun Yuan (Primordial) part one>. Yang Sheng is very easy to learn, but like all forms of Qi Gong, can take a lifetime to master. Primordial Part One has more forms within to learn but is very powerful and energizing. Plus, there are many qi gong exercises we do, such as 18 Parts I & II and Five Animals.

I also teach several styles of Tai Chi, including Wudang Square Foot Tai Chi, a modified version to fit into small spaces, utilizing many of the familiar Wudang Tai Chi forms. Yang style 8 form is short and rather easy to learn, and the Simplified 24 form Yang style, a standardized form that is widely-known around the world. Plus, I am now certified to teach Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, a very short form that can be practiced by anyone, standing, sitting or even lying down.

Classes can be 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes long, providing an energizing break in the middle of a workday or a relaxing start to your evening. It’s great for improving employee morale and reducing work stress! Call me about setting up a workplace wellness program for your company. I offer private or group lessons, one-time seminars or weekly classes. Want to know more about how great Tai Chi is as an exercise?

Call me at 770.931.8170 or email me at harmony [ at ] qimovingmeditation.com for more information. I am located in Lilburn, Gwinnett County, near Tucker, Stone Mountain and Snellville, and am willing to travel to areas close by in Dekalb and Fulton counties also.

** Taken from an article by Dorene Interniola, published by Reuters June 17, 2013