Qigong and Yoga Perspectives

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Many boaters enjoy meditation through walking and stretching exercises.  Such meditation is more organized via Qigong and Yoga.

Qigong (pronounced Chee Gong), means “Life Energy Cultivation”.  It is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “life energy”.

According to Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian philosophy, respectively, qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakens one’s “true nature”, and helps develop human potential.

Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind.

 

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. Its origins most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India

Being faster paced than Qigong, Yoga became popular in the 1980’s as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. In  Indian traditions, however, Yoga is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core.

Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. The results of these studies have been mixed and inconclusive., with cancer studies suggesting none to unclear effectiveness, and others suggesting yoga may reduce risk factors and aid in a patient’s psychological healing process.

(One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.)

(The above is credited to WikiPedia)*.

*For further reading link to WikiPedia Qigong  and WikiPedia Yoga

As a boater, Meditation may play a large role in your spirituality. Please share, in the Comments, your perspective in how boating experiences have enhanced aspects of your faith.   For example, Sunsets and Sunrises are not unusual affirmations of the Creator’s presence.

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