Qigong instead of yoga?

Post Date: October 26, 2011

It’s another ancient mind-body practice that originated in the east and continues to grow in global popularity. As a matter of fact, qigong is sometimes called “Chinese yoga;” both tai chi and kung fu are forms of qigong. The practice itself combines slow and graceful movement with deep breathing and mental focus, all in an effort to boost the practitioner’s “qi” or vital lifeforce energy.
Qigong fans worldwide believe that the mind-body practice is even poised to rival the dominance and widespread popularity of yoga, citing that it’s easy to learn, calming and can be done anywhere. My curiosity is peaked, but I’m not so sure. Have you tried any form of qigong, and if so, what did you think? If not, would you be willing to give it a try? What do you love about yoga that might be missing in this practice?
I believe that it very likely offers many of the same benefits of yoga – stress relief, mental clarity, peace of mind, strength, flexibility and balance – but I’m not so sure that vinyasa or hot yoga devotees are going to love this. Let me know what you think!

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