Yoga and Qigong

Yoga and Qigong

Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness are not only Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, using modalities like acupuncture, cupping and herbal medication to treat our patients. We also practice Medical Qigong!

Qigong (formally known as Tai Chi in the U.S. but actually not the same thing) is an ancient Chinese health care practice which combines physical movement, breathing exercises and focus. Qigong may be practiced for Medical, Martial Arts or spiritual reasons depending upon the individual’s needs.

Medical Qigong is emerging as a cornerstone of Eastern-influenced wellness practices. Medical Qigong goes beyond Qigong’s self-cultivation, enlisting the skills of a highly trained and disciplined practitioner, like Alan Suhr. Medical Qigong practitioners study and train for years, not only learning about human anatomy and physiology but cultivating their own energy through Qigong practice.

Medical Qigong is used to target many common health concerns such as physical pain, high blood pressure, headaches, anxiety and emotional issues like depression.
See complete list here.

The movement of Qigong is similar to Yoga, although the two modalities are different. The positions of Qigong are often gentler than Yoga and usually the practitioner remains standing throughout.

Yoga has a variety of positions and perspectives, from gentle all the way up to rigorous. If  you’re looking for a workout, Yoga would be recommended to help strengthen your core. Yoga is based on Asana (the postures) and Pranayama (the control of breath and energy).

Qigong uses more restraint but the biggest different between the two practices is within the energy of each. Qigong taps into the five elements of Earth, Wood, Metal, Fire and Water. In a way, Qigong is a form of Pranayama because it does require both breath and attention to energy. So Qigong is an excellent complement to your Yoga practice!

If you are looking for a place to learn and practice Yoga, we recommend Sol Yoga Collective  ( in downtown Rapid City.

If you’d like to learn more about Qigong including Medical Qigong,
please contact us at Thrive!

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