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Qigong: the ancient art of feeling awesome!

Greetings, fellow humans and extraterrestrials; it is I, your friendly neighborhood New Forest © Qigong teacher, here to guide you through the ancient art of feeling awesome.

For those of you who aren't familiar, Qigong is a broad term for an ancient set of practices that originated in China over 4000 years ago. An approach to enhancing well-being that involves a combination of gentle movements, visualization, and breath. It's like yoga but with more emphasis on energy flow and less emphasis on pretzel-like contortions. New Forest© Qigong takes it further, building language and skills that you can use to fully engage your own life.

Now, you might ask yourself, "Why should I try Qigong?" Well, aside from the fact that it's a cool word to say (go ahead, try it chee-gong), there are a ton of benefits to embracing this practice.

For starters, Qigong has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, help with chronic pain, improve overall strength and flexibility and even boost immunity. Basically, it's like a magical elixir that can cure all of life's ailments (okay, maybe not all of them, but you get the point).

But wait, there's more!

Perhaps the best thing about Qigong is that it allows you to embrace your inner child while still adulting like a pro. Remember when you were a kid and would run around the yard flailing your arms and legs without a care in the world? One minute, being a tiger, the next being a giant bird? It felt great! Didn't it? (Or maybe that was just me!) Well, Qigong is kind of like that, only designed with more purpose and direction. By focusing on your breath and movements and engaging your creativity, you can let go of your adulting responsibilities for a little while and just let loose and feel awesome.

So, whether you want to improve your physical well-being, reduce stress, or just have a little fun, Qigong might be the perfect activity.

Until next time, keep on Qigong-ing.

Sure, here are some resources for the health benefits of Qigong and playfulness:

  1. "A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi" - a review article published in the American Journal of Health Promotion that provides an overview of the evidence-based health benefits of qigong and tai chi practices.

  2. "The Health Benefits of Playfulness" - an article published in Psychology Today that discusses the scientific research on the positive effects of playfulness on mental and physical health.

  3. "Qigong: An Ancient Chinese Practice for Better Health" - an article from Harvard Health Publishing that explains the benefits of qigong, including stress reduction, improved balance and flexibility, and enhanced immune system function.

  4. "The Power of Playful Learning" - a research report from the LEGO Foundation that explores the role of playfulness in learning and human development, and how it can benefit children and adults alike.

  5. "Qigong and Playfulness: A Winning Combination for Wellness" - an article published in Natural Awakenings magazine that describes the benefits of combining qigong with playful exercises and activities for overall health and well-being.

  6. "Explore the Benefits of Qigong," from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): This article lists the potential benefits of Qigong, including reducing chronic pain, improving flexibility, and boosting the immune system.

  7. "Qigong Practice for Chronic Pain Management: A Systematic Review," from the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies: This study provides evidence supporting the use of Qigong to manage chronic pain.

  8. "The Effects of Qigong on Immune Function: A Systematic Review," from Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: This article presents evidence suggesting that Qigong can improve immune function.

  9. "Qigong Helps Young People Cope with Social Anxiety," from Psychology Today: This article discusses a study that found that Qigong practice can help reduce social anxiety in young adults.

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