ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΤΙΚΟ ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΝΑΟΥ ΣΑΟΛΙΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ
S H A O L I N T E M P L E G R E E C E
Shaolin qigong classes
40€/month (ID 002)
(one day free trial)
The Authorized Shaolin Temple Cultural Center in Greece
𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗰𝗲 is a place to study Shaolin & Taiji culture, in particular Chanwu (Shaolin Kung fu Ch’an), Qi Gong, Chen Taiji and Ch’an Meditation. It was founded in 2008 by Master Shi Yan Xiang 释延向法师, who is the official representative of Shaolin Temple in Greece, authorized by Venerable Abbot Shi Yong Xin.
Qigong is a form of meditative exercise that focuses on body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation. Qigong is rooted in Taoist philosophy and traditional Chinese medicine. It has been around for over 5,000 years.
The idea behind Qigong is that discomfort and sickness are a result of imbalanced energy within a person. To improve health and prevent disease, a person must balance their internal energy by enhancing the “Qi.” Qigong involves repetitive movements that strengthen, balance, and stretch the body, increase the circulation of bodily fluids, and build awareness of how the body moves through space.
Increases Bone Density. Resistance training and weight-bearing exercises are commonly known to increase bone formation. While Qigong practices involve little to no resistance and weight-bearing, Qigong has been shown to positively affect bone health. A 2006 study found that bone mineral density was increased for women who followed Qigong exercises compared to a no-exercise control group.
Improves Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function. Various studies have reported that Qigong significantly reduces blood pressure when compared to an inactive control. Practicing Qigong has been associated with reduced heart rate and increases in heart rate variability.
Improves Balance. A study of patients with muscular dystrophy, sedentary women, and healthy elderly adults found that Qigong improved their balance compared to a control group.
Immune System Health. Qigong has been linked to a number of positive immune responses. A 2004 study found improvements in multiple immune-related blood markers after a 1-month Qigong training intervention compared to usual care. Antibody levels in response to flu vaccinations were found to be significantly increased in a group that practiced Qigong. Interleukin-6, which is a marker of inflammation, was significantly regulated in response to Qigong compared to a no-exercise group.
Improves Somatic Symptoms. Various studies have reported that Qigong is linked to improvements in somatic symptoms, as measured by scales like the Somatization Scale. Furthermore, participants in the Qigong intervention reported lower perceived stress and intensity of pain compared to the control group.
Improves Quality of Life. Quality of life measures a person’s “perceived physical health, psychological state, personal beliefs, social relationships and relationship to relevant features of one’s environment.” Various studies across a wide range of participants — including healthy adults, patients with cancer, post-stroke, and arthritis — found that at least one aspect of quality of life was significantly improved by Qigong compared to inactive control groups.
Improves Self-Efficacy. Self-efficacy is the confidence a person feels when performing behaviors and their perceived ability to overcome the barriers associated with performing them. Self-efficacy — particularly with respect to the “perceived ability to handle stress or novel experiences” — was significantly improved after performing Qigong compared to an inactive control group.
Reduces Stress Biomarkers. A study of biomarkers related to stress responses found that norepinephrine, epinephrine, and blood cortisol levels were significantly decreased in response to Qigong compared to a control group.
Decreases Depression and Anxiety. Qigong has been shown to decrease symptoms of depression when compared to an inactive control, as evidenced by scores on depression scales across various studies. General mood improved significantly for participants who practiced Qigong compared to a control group. In addition, anxiety decreased significantly for participants practicing Qigong compared to an active exercise group, as assessed by scales like the Self-Rating Anxiety Scale.
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday starting from Feb. 1st at 18:00 Greece time.
You can purchase these classes by clicking on that PayPal ''Buy Now'' button next to the image or with bank transfer to this IBAN: GR8601716320006632132491711 (Pireos Bank). Either way, please write your name and email during the payment or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the receipt document.
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