Qi Gong: Chinese Exercises for Health and Longevity
Qigong* is an ancient Chinese system of healing that combines breathing techniques, fluid movements, and meditation to relax and strengthen the body. Qigong is appropriate for any level of fitness.
In Ken Gray’s classes, the movements are done in both seated and standing positions, but could be done entirely sitting down. After a warm-up of stretching and breathing, the class does a sequence of T’ai Chi Chih movements that are slow, controlled and continous. Some of them could be described in terms that are used in traditional exercise classes: the participants do squats, semi-squats, and side bends, for example. But these exercises are not a goal in themselves. They are part of a sequence of movements based on the principles of tai chi.