Tip Tuesday: Yoga, Qigong, and meditation

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Our current theme is, "How to Be and Breathe," and this week we explore two ancient healing practices, both of which utilize the power of conscious breathing:

Tip: Find a practice that helps you connect mind, body and Spirit

Yoga, Qi Gong and breathwork
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Yoga, Qigong and meditation

I've been practicing yoga for 14 years, Qigong for four years and meditation for three years. All three practices utilize the power of conscious breathing in order to unite mind, body and Spirit. Since I teach personal growth and wellness, I've often considered becoming a certified yoga instructor. In fact, I've been on the brink of registering for training more than once, but something always holds me back.

After much reflection, I've decided that my hesitation comes from the realization that mainstream yoga has been westernized as a workout/exercise routine, but I practice yoga as a lifestyle. The word yoga means to unite, to form a union with The Divine by engaging mind, body and Spirit. The postures are intended to prepare the body for meditation and facilitate divine consciousness. So to teach yoga as exercise is not something that interests me. And to teach yoga as a lifestyle intended to unite with The Divine is not something that would be widely accepted in the small, southern town where I live, at least not yet.

Qigong, on the other hand, is not as well known and has not been westernized as an exercise routine. It is a practice intended to cultivate energy, produce healing within the body and use movement and breath to align and connect with Spirit. The practice includes conscious breathing, fluid body movements and intense mental focus which have been linked to physical and mental health benefits.

While training to become a Qigong instructor is not as readily available as yoga instructor training, it has become more accessible online during 2020 and 2021 because Corona Virus makes it more difficult to travel internationally. So, I've been researching courses and training that will prepare me to teach Qigong. I've also made some connections in the community that allow me to ask questions and build a solid base of knowledge before I begin. Next Tuesday I will feature a Q&A with Jonathan Cattrysse, a certified Qigong instructor, who has graciously agreed to help me educate myself in the ancient healing art. So tune in next Tuesday and learn more about the art of Qigong.

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