Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not to react by what’s going on around us.
This meditation focuses on the breath. The breath is used as an anchor to the present moment. Throughout the practice you may find yourself caught up in thoughts. Wherever your mind goes, simply come back again to the next breath.
"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor."
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Qigong is an ancient holistic system used to promote health and spirituality. Qigong practice involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind.
Qigong is practiced throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise and relaxation, preventive medicine and self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation and self-cultivation, and training for martial arts. Research concerning qigong has been conducted for a wide range of medical conditions, including hypertension, pain, and cancer treatment.
"Qigong is more than a set of exercises, it is an attitude that works to restructure one's perspective on life, leading to balance and harmony with the world around us."
~Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance