Reduce tension, increase energy with qigong

Posted at 2:50 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 14:50:53-04

You can improve your energy and spirituality by practicing qigong, an exercise derived from ancient China that focuses on circulating energy through the body. 

Qi, pronounced chi, is the energy that surrounds us. During the practice, participants do gentle movements while focusing on their breath and the flow of chi throughout the body. 

This exercise is good for the elderly, athletes in recovery, people looking to reduce stress and tension, or those looking for a gentle exercise program. 

Kit Rich, Harris Nature Center coordinator and qigong instructor discusses the ancient practice and demonstrates movements in the video above. She describes qigong as "conditioning the body, while quieting the mind."

Classes are held on select Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Harris Nature Center located at 3998 Van Atta Rd., Okemos. The class welcomes all ages and abilities. 

“We will be learning 5 Elements Qigong, including the 8 Pieces of Silk Brocade and White Crane Looks Back,” Rich said in a press release. “These forms help us to circulate qi and begin to bring our bodies back into balance.”

Upcoming classes include July 25, August 15 and August 22. Find out more at , the Harris Nature Center Facebook page, or by contacting 517-349-3866.