The Eastern culture has enjoyed the health benefits of qigong for thousands of years, and now Christina Barea, author of Qigong Illustrated, wants everyone to experience the healing power of this traditional Chinese exercise. In an interview with the Fit Marriage Show Barea discusses how qigong can reduce stress, improve balance, prevent illness and provide deep relaxation. To view the full interview, click here.
Champaign, IL—The Eastern culture has enjoyed the health benefits of qigong for thousands of years, and now author Christina Barea wants everyone to experience the healing power of this traditional Chinese exercise. In her upcoming book, Qigong Illustrated (Human Kinetics, 2010), Barea offers detailed, step-by-step instructions to popular qigong routines for strengthening the body, optimizing health, and reducing tension. “Practicing qigong doesn’t require changing religion, speaking Chinese...
The word qigong is simply translated as “the practice of energy cultivation over time;” however, the word holds a much deeper meaning. Let’s begin by breaking down the word qigong into two smaller components, qi and gong. ” Saying “qigong” implies practicing qi cultivation over time.
Correct posture refers to the alignment of the bones in relation to the joints for the purpose of maximizing qi flow and minimizing obstructions. One important reason for maintaining correct alignment of the body during qigong practice is that it keeps the major energetic center of the body, called the Taiji Pole, straightened. Keeping the Taiji Pole straightened facilitates free-flowing qi through its core and a flowing current between the head and feet.
Qigong is gaining popularity around the world for its ability to provide profound healing to people with a wide range of medical conditions. Well-respected medical doctors are prescribing qigong for people with hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and osteoporosis, as well as for those who are undergoing cancer therapies. The benefits of qigong extend far beyond relief from medical conditions.
Qigong Illustrated (Human Kinetics, 2011) and Pilates Illustrated (Human Kinetics, 2011) have been named silver award winners in the 2011 Nautilus Book Awards. Qigong Illustrated and Pilates Illustrated were the top winners in the exercise, fitness, and bodywork category. Pilates Illustrated includes the teachings of Portia Page, a gold-certified Pilates teacher through Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and faculty member of Balanced Body University (BBU).
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