I hope you have time during our collective experience of “social distancing” to try this 18-minute qigong exercise warm up. It was not filmed on the south coast of Barbados as pictured in this photo but rather in my living room at the start of the pandemic. I wanted to introduce this integrative health therapy to an audience that might be hungry for something new.
Qigong (pronounced chee gong) is different from most exercise. New York Presbyterian Hospital in Brooklyn, NY offers classes in qigong and describes it as “a 3,000 year old Health and Wellness Practice that involves slow, gentle, repetitive movements and is known for releasing stress, lowering blood pressure, increasing flexibility, enhancing immune function and improving mood, among a great many health benefits.”
Here are some suggestions to help you get acquainted with this ancient healing martial art:
18-Minute Qigong Exercise Warm Up
Simple balancing, breathing, stretching and strengthening exercises in the Crane Style tradition to do as a stand alone or before any exercise routine. Click here to follow along.
You might also be interested in:
A 6-minute introduction to Crane Style Yoga: An explanation of how I developed this form that mixes traditional and modern techniques. Click here to listen and watch.
A 5-minute introduction to Soaring Crane Qigong: Click here to learn how qigong works and can help you.
Please pass these along to anyone you think might be interested. Let me know what you might have learned from this. I want to present more and feedback is welcome.