What is Qigong (pronounced “chee kung”)
Qigong is a Chinese health and longevity practice that is as old as Chinese Medicine itself. It combines meditation and movement to enhance our ability to deal with the stresses of everyday life that, when left unchecked, can move us out of balance and invite disease.
Several studies have found the gentle practice of Qigong to have a positive impact on the well-being and quality of life for people living with cancer. These effects may include decreased fatigue, improved sleep and immune function, clearer thinking, lessened joint and muscle pain, decreased systemic inflammation, increased flexibility and energy, uplifted mood, and less stress and anxiety.
Through mindful attention one may develop a heightened sense of inner awareness, and breath regulation. Qigong exercise induces a calming relaxation response, and by combining meditation, controlled breathing and movement, Qigong may balance the flow of energy (Qi, or life force) within the body. The benefit is that if our life force is balanced, then our innate ability to heal can occur.
People with most levels of fitness can practice Qigong, and Blueprints of Hope would like to invite you to practice Qigong with Oley. Many of the exercises can be done in a sitting position, and participants are encouraged to listen to their bodies and take breaks when needed. Even though Qigong is low-intensity exercise, it’s wise to check with your doctor before beginning a program.
Classes are held at The Smiley Building, on Thursdays from 5:30-7 pm.
First Floor, Room 10
1309 E. 3rd Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
Oley Smith, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM), L.ac
Oley has been studying and practicing Qigong since 2002. He is a Certified Teacher of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, and a Master Teacher in the Liu Family Lineage of Medical Qigong and Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School. He practices Classical Chinese Medicine in Durango, Colorado, and can be reached at www.openheartacupuncture.com.
Blueprints of Hope believes that every person who is facing a cancer diagnosis should have equal access to integrative and complementary resources that have the tendency to promote healing. Through a generous grant from the La Plata Electric Association Round Up Foundation, we are pleased to offer scholarships for Qigong classes for the people we serve. Please register here, or call 970/403-3711 for more information.
Know the Evidence A report of the National Qigong Association Research and Education Committee (created Nov 28, 2015) Major contributor: PJ Klein, PT, EdD