Exploring the Power of Qigong for Boosting Energy
Updated: Nov 7
One of the immediate benefits that I noticed after starting my Qigong practice was improved energy levels. At that time, I was grappling with fatigue and low energy and had explored many ways to address it. I was diligent on consuming a nutritious and healthy balanced diet and had a regular exercise routine My energy levels however were still low – I chalked it up to the usual …stress, age, hormones, genes …
The underlying cause however was an inherent imbalance in my energy system.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory believes that the body’s energy (Qi) flows through a network of subtle energy pathways called meridians.
In a healthy body, Qi, and blood circulate unobstructed through the meridians and the organs. When the flow of Qi and blood is smooth, there is health and vitality; when there are obstructions there is disease, pain, and low energy.
Some of the reasons why Qi stagnations can occur are poor diet, improper breathing, lack of movement or exercise, physical weakness, emotional and mental stresses, or environmental factors.
TCM offers five pillars or modalities that help to bring the energy systems into balance: Acupuncture, Herbal therapy, Nutrition therapy, Massage and Qigong
Qigong which is the movement part of TCM offers easy movements that are often comprised of deep breathing, activations, stretches and flows and targeted to improve the flow of qi in the body. Not only this, Qigong with its emphasis on effortless flow, effectively integrates body, mind and spirit which results in a feeling of ‘energized’ calm and lightness.
Being someone with a deep appreciation for data I was delighted to see this research. It not only corroborated my personal experience but also shed light on a study involving 64 individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This study revealed remarkable improvements in their symptoms after only four months of a dedicated Qigong practice.
How Qigong Specifically Enhances Energy
Stress Reduction and the Relaxation Response
One of the keyways by which Qigong enhances energy is by reducing stress. Stress depletes our energy levels and consequently leads to various health issues. Through its emphasis on slow, mindful movements and deep breathing, Qigong triggers the relaxation response in the body, reducing the production of stress hormones like cortisol, and shifts the body to a parasympathetic mode. After a mere 20 min Qigong practice one experiences relaxation and increased energy.
Deep, controlled breathing is a fundamental principle of Qigong. This intentional breathing saturates the body with oxygen, and the Qigong movements further facilitate the distribution of this Qi to the cells and tissues, thereby enhancing the body's energy levels.
In Qigong, practitioners learn to focus the mind on the present moment through maintaining their attention on their breath and movements Through consistent practice, they can develop the skill of managing their energy, directing it to the present moment's priorities, and reducing distractions and energy leaks. This cultivated focus results in heightened energy levels and enhances mental clarity.
The gentle, flowing movements in Qigong stimulate qi and blood circulation within the body resulting in a noticeable increase in energy while improving flexibility and balance.
My own journey with Qigong has been nothing short of transformative. As this ancient practice teaches me to harmonize my breath, movements, and intention to channel energy where it's needed most, I am in awe of its deep and lasting benefits.
The stressors of modern life can leave us feeling drained, yet within the gentle embrace of Qigong, I've discovered a sanctuary of calm and rejuvenation. It's not a quick fix but a sustainable practice that unfolds its benefits over time. With dedication and patience, I've witnessed my energy reserves replenish, and my mental clarity soar.
So, as we conclude, I encourage you to embark on your own Qigong journey. Whether you seek a surge of energy, physical vitality, improved mental clarity, or a more profound connection to your inner self, Qigong has the potential to light the way and touch every aspect of your being.