Qigong is a unique Chinese exercise system involving posture, breathing techniques, and mental focus. In this video we learn about this stress relief method.
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Laila: In our fast paced lives we may be busy but sometimes our energy is not going quite the way it should. One excellent way to look after yourself is by practicing Qigong. Welcome to WatchMojo.com. I'm your host Laila. I'm with instructor Lisa Lewak-Brun to learn why. Laila: What is Qigong? Lisa Lewak-Brun: Qi means energy and Gong means work or discipline or effort. Qigong is something that has existed for at least 5000 years as long as traditional Chinese medicine, because Qi Gong is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Laila: What kind of theory do we need to grasp before beginning Qigong? Lisa Lewak-Brun: Actually nothing, you just to need to want to take care of yourself because it's a self-help preventive method which all the Chinese medicine is. Laila: Why is it important to keep the energy circulating in the body? Lisa Lewak-Brun: Qigong like acupuncture the whole body has multiple energy circuits or lines called meridians that run through through them. Basically what Qigong is doing is getting the energy moving through the whole body, on the surface and inside the body from your feet to your head, to your tip to your fingers, right the way through your whole body. It looks slow but it's quite deceptive. Because we're working the whole body, because we're working on all the different levels, the binds, the muscles, the tissues. People are quite surprised when they do Qigong how tough it is. Laila: Why is it important to keep energy moving? How is it related to good health? Lisa Lewak-Brun: Well the bottom line is if you don't keep the energy moving you die and in fact, that's how we get sick because the energy is blocked. So let's say if we take a meridian and there's at one point you got an injury, say in the knee. According to Chinese medicine that energy is blocked. So what we're trying to do is get the energy flowing again. You'll start feeling better and your knee starts feeling better and you start living again. Laila: What are the short term and long term benefits of Qigong? Lisa Lewak-Brun: So, short term benefits would be regularly moving your body which affect the internal organs, also learning how to breathe again and relaxation. The long term benefits is that you'll start sleeping better. Also I talk about lifestyle, habits, eating because that's also a part of Chinese medicine and also part of Qigong. It'll affect your whole lifestyle right the way through.