What is the correlation between qigong and mindfulness meditation?

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Many times I am asked why do I teach qigong and mindfulness meditation. Well let's first define the two modalities:

  • Qigong is an ancient Chinese health system of healing and energy medicine. Qigong is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate qi. Regular Qigong practice leads to better health, vitality and a quiet mind.

  • Mindfulness is full awareness of your thoughts, feelings and actions in each moment. It is the full presence and awareness of your experience. Mindfulness can be compared to self-awareness. You are aware of self. Being in a mindful state can also be further defined as being in a state of self-awareness without judgment. Consciously observing without judgment is what I like to describe as passive observation. When you are mindful, you are completely self-aware, in the moment and in a state of non-judgment. You are just accepting and experiencing the moment. Being mindful (self-aware and passively observing) during meditation, will bring this awareness into your daily routine.

Yin Yang MoonNow that we understand the two, let's look at why they are complimentary forms of meditation. The ancient energy medicine system of Qigong has many aspects of mindfulness meditation, although not traditionally looked at in this way. It can be correlated to mindfulness because as you exercise, you become consciously aware of the interplay of your movement, breath and your thoughts. You also learn to release your thoughts without judgment during Qigong practice. Qigong, is more than just a simple set of exercises, it incorporates the mind and breath. When you incorporate the mind and breath, you bring your awareness inward and you learn to do it in a mindful way. Again, while not traditionally defined as a mindfulness meditation, Qigong practice has many mindfulness aspects to it.  

Is Qigong or Mindfulness Meditation better?

Whats the best meditation?
Hey, I currently do qigong but am wondering which is better overall, qigong or mindfullness?
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Hello Alli,
Thank you for your question. I have written a blog article to answer your question. Please let me know if you have further questions or would like to schedule a free consultation. Here is the link to the blog article. http://www.seekwithinyou.com/blogs/157-is-qigong-on-mindfulness-meditation-better

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