The benefits of carrying out Qi-gong in nature

Lisa Proudfoot, Release Therapies Coaching
06 Jun 2024

The landscapes - ranging from hills, lochs, beaches, reservoirs, waterfalls to ancient forests create an ideal setting for you to carry out slow movements connected to the breathe whilst listening to the healing sounds of nature and grounding the soles of your feet into the earth.

The Benefits of Practicing Qi-gong in Nature

Qi-gong, an ancient Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation, is a powerful way to enhance physical and mental wellbeing.  While Qi-gong can be practiced indoors, taking it outside into nature enhances its benefits.  This blog post explores how practicing Qi-gong in nature, particularly in scenic environments like those found in Scotland, can provide advantages for your mental and physical health.


Connection to Nature

Practicing Qi-gong  in nature allows for a deeper connection to the earth and its natural energy.  This connection is central to Qi-gong, which emphasises the flow of qi (life force energy) through the body. Natural settings, with their fresh air and serene beauty, help to enhance this flow of energy.  The direct contact with the ground, especially when practicing barefoot, can further intensify the sense of grounding and stability.


Enhanced Relaxation and Stress Reduction

Nature has a calming effect on the mind and body.  Numerous studies have shown that spending time in natural settings reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and improves mood.  When combined with the mindful movements of Qi-gong, the natural environment can significantly increase these benefits.  The gentle sounds of rustling leaves, birdsong, and flowing water provide a soothing backdrop that aids relaxation and helps individuals enter a meditative state more easily.


Improved Physical Health

The physical benefits of Qi-gong are well documented, including improved flexibility, balance, posture and muscle strength.  Practicing Qi-gong outdoors can enhance these benefits by challenging the body in new ways.  For example, practicing on uneven ground can improve proprioception and stability.  Additionally, exposure to natural sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D, which is crucial for bone health and immune function.


Enhanced Breathing and Lung Health

Fresh, clean air is one of the greatest gifts of nature, and it plays a crucial role in the practice of Qi-gong.  The deep, controlled breathing techniques central to Qi-gong are more effective when performed in environments with clean, oxygen rich air.  Practicing outdoors, away from urban pollution, allows the lungs to function optimally, improving respiratory health and overall vitality.


Spiritual Connection and Inner Peace

Many people find that being in nature brings them a sense of spiritual connection and inner peace.  Qi-gong with its roots in Chinese philosophy, emphasises harmony with the natural world. Practicing in nature aligns with this philosophy, helping individuals to feel a sense of wholeness with their surroundings.  This spiritual connection can lead to profound inner peace and a greater sense of purpose and meaning.


Personal Reflections and Benefits

Practicing Qi-gong recently in the Scottish Highlands has been nothing short of transformative for me.  Standing on top of a mountain top, engaging in the "Waving Hands at the Clouds" pose, I found myself immersed in gentle, mindful movements connected with my breath.  This connection brought about many personal benefits that have enriched my practice and overall wellbeing.

After my trip to the Scottish Highlands, I felt a great sense of reconnection with nature and myself.  This inspired me to return to YouTube, to share short videos of myself practicing Qi-gong combined with my cold water therapy adventures.  My goal is to offer free content to help others experience better mental and physical health whilst trying to function in this mad modern world. 

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