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by Donna Belk, Austin, Texas
year my partners and I host a yoga retreat called the Texas
Yoga Retreat. I am a Qigong practitioner and I like introducing
Qigong to yoga practitioners. At the retreat we offer two
Qigong practices, and the response from attendees has been
overwhelmingly positive. The yoga people are so excited to
learn about it. The Qigong classes are very well attended,
usually about 30-40 students in each class. The picture on
this page shows us doing "Nine Threading Breaths"
and Qigong compliment each other and Qigong is often more
appropriate for older adults or those who want a more gentle
practice. Many of the yoga postures require getting down and
up from the floor, and since some people have too great a
difficulty doing that, Qigong is an excellent alternative.
Sometimes when I offer a Qigong class I refer to it as "Chinese
Yoga." If I title a class "Qigong" there is
trepidation on the part of people to attend since most people
don't know what Qigong is. If I title the class "Chinese
Yoga" they are more likely to attend since they already
know what yoga is. Then in class I define Qigong for new students.
I feel by taking Qigong into the yoga market is a way to bring
greater awareness of Qigong to a very receptive audience.
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