The human alchemy of Qi Gong
Playing with energy. This is the idea behind Qi Gong according to Lee Holden, who has studied the ancient Chinese art of movement and meditation for more than 20 years. Holden is a founding director of the Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine and Chi Center and also an acupuncturist. He will be leading a Qi Gong Intensive Workshop at the Santa Cruz Center on Sunday, Oct. 17.
“Qi means life-force energy,” explains Holden. “It’s the energy that keeps us alive and that animates our body. It’s the energy behind thoughts and consciousness and it’s the energy that beats your heart.” Qi Gong—pronounced “chee gung” and sometimes spelled “Chi Gong”—is used worldwide by some 100 million people. The practice is described by Holden and others as self-healing and is characterized by slow, fluid movements and stretches, deep breathing and the vocalizing of specific sounds that correspond to the body, mind and spirit.