The 5th International Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange will take place for the first time in America in just a few short weeks. Sponsored by the International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF), it will also be the largest event ever hosted by the IHFQ with 400 participants from 30 countries.
Various events will take place at New York University and at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in New Jersey, marking the first time that the Exchange has been presented in United States. Previous host locations were Vancouver in 2011, Shanghai in 2009, and Beijing in 2007 and 2006.
Qigong (chi-gong) is the iconic symbol of traditional Chinese culture that dates back more than 5000 years. It is practiced throughout China and now worldwide.
Qigong plays an active role in helping people promote better health, prevent disease and prolong life. It helps to reduce stress in our daily lives and has become a fashionable sports activity in today’s pop culture. Qigong is as well known in China as yoga is in the United States.
Qigong, means “life energy cultivation.” It is an ancient marital art that is physical as well as mental. It combines the alignment of breath, movement, and awareness for better health, fitness and personal growth.
Qigong has developed over the centuries and in 2001, Health Qigong became the 62nd official sport conducted in China. While Qigong and Health Qigong are often used interchangeably, Health Qigong refers to a revised form that better meets the requirements of modern society.
Qigong is not a religious belief and it cannot cure illness. It pursues the harmonious relationship between people, nature and society, and fosters the balance of physical and spiritual health globally.
According to Chang Jiangping, President of Chinese Health Qigong Association, “Qigong originated in China and now belongs to people internationally. The event scheduled for the United States next month will be a world-class celebration of improving health and fitness.”
Mei Jin Lu, President and Chairman of the U.S. Health Qigong Association, said, “The recent meetings between Chinese President Xi Jinping’s and President Obama and next month’s first U.S. Qigong Exchange, demonstrate continuing positive steps toward closer Sino-U.S. relations. It is our hope that more and more Americans will discover the substantial health benefits of Qigong and begin to practice the simple exercises.”
For exact dates, locations, and events please visit the official website at: http://www.ihqf-healthqigong.org/en
Source: Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange
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