How can a tradition this old become new again?
Dating back over 2,500 years, Qi Gong is a technique of antiquity that mixes calisthenics, stretching, and breathing exercises. Combined with a healthy, balanced diet, supplementary herbs and meditative practices, I believe this is one of the most complete and comprehensive life enhancement systems that exists for modern-day individuals who are overwhelmed by stress or fatigue. People in Asia have been following this gentle routine for ages – for them, it’s old hand.
Yet over here in North America, Qi Gong is the newer, prettier cousin of already established yoga and pilates. It’s fresh on the scene of physical training and, for that reason, attracting attention.
Mixing folklore, artwork, medical manual, Qi Gong is not only an effective method for treating sickness and restoring a calm mind, but it is a fitness program that attracts over 100 million practicing enthusiasts from around the world.
Funny that it took so long to catch on in Canada . . .
But isn’t this the trick for any great product? To champion a fantastic idea, you need to see beyond what’s already normal. For instance, being able to recognize and learn from other cultures is a talent – they’re a window to another world – and from that view, inspiration can hit.
On the surface, the flowing movements of Qi Gong can simply look like a beautiful dance, but really it’s a physical method of releasing blocked energy and encouraging smooth, easy movement in all parts of the body. Getting beyond first impressions to properly experience a technique can definitely reveal potential. And we’re all about potential here at Awakening Potentials.
So when you are trying to think of a great new idea, why not look beyond your comfort zone? Try seeing how other cultures implement health, comfort, and positive living in their lives.
Make the old new again, and make lives better in the process.
That’s the way I see it,
Jean-Pierre Brunelle, L.Acu
P.S. I’m a huge advocate of Qi Gong (obviously) and think it can benefit anyone. If you’d like to try this gentle and invigorating technique, I’m running a course that starts next week. Get in touch; it’ll be something different for the New Year. www.ottawaqigong.com