About Qi Gong
Qi Gong (pronounced chi gong) can be translated as “skillful working with life-force energy,” and it is one of the most widely practiced forms of exercise in the world, with an estimated 80-100 million people practicing daily. An ancient moving meditation form with roots in China, it is now practiced on every continent and in a variety of social, cultural, and environmental contexts—including college campuses.
Qi Gong has always linked breath, movement, and mental intention for optimal health and vitality. The focus of this modern, Western approach includes helping individuals and groups clear stress, recharge, cultivate inner peace, and calm the mind, creating the conditions for more effective engagement in life and work. This modern approach celebrates the history of the practice while addressing contemporary challenges to our mind, bodies, and hearts. Significant research is now available linking Qi Gong practices with medical wellbeing initiatives internationally.
About Lee Holden
Lee Holden is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Psychology. Lee first discovered the healing power of Qi Gong and Tai Chi after experiencing injuries that nearly sidelined his varsity soccer career in college. Impressed at how these ancient practices healed his body, allowing him to return to playing while deepening his major in Psychology, he made their study a priority. He has translated works for Mantak Chia, a widely revered Qi Gong expert, and has trained and taught in numerous intercultural contexts in Asia. Today, he is an internationally known instructor in meditation, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong, as well as a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and author. He is based in Santa Cruz, California, offering teacher-training programs and weekly classes at the Santa Cruz Chi Center.
About the Project
The Embodied Intelligence project sponsoring these videos is made possible by the Ron and Jessica Liebowitz Fund for Innovation (FFI) at Middlebury College, hosted by Professors Andrea Olsen and Nükhet Kardam. http://sites.middlebury.edu/wholebody/