There are many ways to take care of yourself, but it’s easy to forget to practice self-care. Sometimes we simply have to give ourselves permission to nurture ourselves. One of my favorite ways to release stress and tension and to feel grounded is to practice Qiqong.
Qiqong is an ancient Chinese practice, using life force or breath (Qi) combined with (Gong) gathering and movement. Together when you move the breath and body, you come to a place of stillness and peace.
There are thousands of variations of Qigong styles so it’s best to find one that resonates with you. Some practices have very slow repetitive movements and others have a vigorous or active style. Qiqong like any self-care practice is personable, so if you try one and don’t like it, try another!
Children, teens and adults all benefit from Qiqong. It’s a healthy and fun way to eliminate stress and to to keep the body in motion. Because practices are so individually different and unique, it’s easy to pull up YouTube and try a variety of different approaches. You may find that you have found a new way to practice self-care!
Below are two of my favorite Qiqong practice styles: