Qigong is a moving meditation that has been practiced and refined in China for thousands of years. The main purpose of the practice is to restore and circulate qi, or vital life-force energy. Qigong uses focused intent, breath, posture and movement to restore and circulate qi.
Practicing qigong also shifts the nervous system from the fight, flight, or fright response to the rest and restore function. There are many other health benefits to practicing qigong as well, such as improved balance, improved circulation, and better sleep.
In a typical class, participants are led through several movements by a practice leader. Generally done standing, qigong can also be done sitting or even lying down. Flowing, circular, and continuous, movements follow the rhythms and patterns of nature.