“To restore the Earth, we must restore ourselves – Rev. Jared Michaels 🌍⁠
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It’s #EarthDay and this year’s theme is ‘restore our Earth’ – so, we have followed the lead of Rev. Jared Michaels and commemorated the day with a #Qigong session for our housemates led by Darcy from @yinlife_.⁠
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Qigong is a practise based on cultivating energy, calming the mind and restoring our health and selves. We chatted with Darcy recently about Qigong and its benefits:⁠
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✨ What is Qigong?⁠
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Rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong is an energy practice that is at least 3000 years old and combines slow, flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing and a calm meditative state of mind to encourage a healthy flow of energy – or β€˜Qi’ – through the body.⁠
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✨ What attracted you to the practice? ⁠
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Like many Londoners, I was looking for a healing practice to help me relax and feel more balanced. After practicing meditation for a few years and then learning more about breath work, I was keen to find a practice that connected me to my body as well as the mind and breath. Through moving meditation, I’ve become calmer but more energetic.⁠
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✨ What health benefits does Qigong offer? ⁠
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Qigong is a simple yet powerful exercise for reducing the effects of stress and bringing more balance, tranquility and vitality to your life.⁠
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Practicing Qigong regularly can also improve your immune function, the quality of your sleep, lower your blood pressure as well as improving your posture and balance – ideal for when we’re working from home. ⁠
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