Qigong exercises are a subtle, yet profound longevity practice. Like yoga, it is primarily a breath practice coordinated with different physical movements. In fact, the true meaning of Qi is very close to breath, not energy, as is often thought. The mind and the body are connected by the breath. It is where the conscious mind meets the subconscious. Therefore, it is where the conscious mind can influence and guide otherwise hidden, unconscious bodily functions. This is why it can have such a big impact on digestive, hormonal, and neurological health. It is has been shown that the controlled breath work of qigong balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and leads to a healthier, more adaptive neurotransmitter profile.
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