QIGONG (CHI-KUNG) CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Qigong classes and workshops are taught by Johnna Morrow. Various forms are offered.
Sometimes called Chinese yoga, qigong loosely translates as energy work. Exercises focus on cleansing, gathering and circulating Qi (vital life force energy) throughout our body. Qigong is one of the internal martial arts, along with taiji (tai-chi) and bagua. The earliest known reference to qigong date to the 6th century BCE. In 168 B.C.E. began the recording of prescribing physical movements for specific illness or disease. Since then qigong has expanded into 7-8,000 major styles of qigong forms that have been practiced & developed over the centuries. Qigong has roots in Shamanism, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Qi is conceptualized as the intrinsic substance that makes up the cosmos and manifests all things through its movements and variations, similar to prana in Indian thought. Qigong utilizes breath, posture, visualization, movement and presence of mind to cultivate life-energy for healing, spiritual transformation and physical conditioning.