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Mindful Movement: Walking, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the mental and physical health benefits of specific types of mindful movement, including walking, yoga, tai chi, and qigong.
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Mindful movement, such as walking, yoga, tai chi, and qigong can be accomplished almost anywhere, nearly everyone can do it, and minimal equipment is needed to participate. Mindful movement is an effective way to reduce stress but there are many other health benefits, including increased mental and physical well-being.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • List the health benefits of regular, mindful walking.
  • Discuss starting a mindful walking program.
  • Describe the health benefits of mindful yoga.
  • Explain the different styles of yoga.
  • Describe the principles of mindful tai chi.
  • Identify the health benefits of tai chi.
  • Examine mindful qigong breathing techniques.
  • Identify the health benefits of qigong.

Mindfulness involves paying attention “on purpose.” It also involves focusing awareness, a particular way of being in the present moment. Mindfulness enables a focus and clarity that deadlines, life stressors, and daily interactions often preclude. Leaders in healthcare and business recognize, through their own use, how mindfulness benefits their own work and the work of their patients, clients, employees, and colleagues. Mindfulness exercises are now “mainstream” and practiced in meditation rooms and conference rooms alike.

Mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety and therefore improves health; mindfulness improves sleep; improves mental and physical well-being; improves relationships; enhances productivity in the workplace; increases customer and employee satisfaction; leads to long-term health changes that result in fewer chronic illnesses; reduces demand on the healthcare system; and reduces health-related costs in business (Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2013).

The concept of mindfulness can be applied to any activity, including movement. While many types of aerobic and anaerobic exercises promote physical and mental well-being, there are certain types of movements, such as walking, yoga, tai chi, and qigong, which have an inherent mind-body approach.

Mindful walking, also called walking meditation, is a practice that requires people to be consciously aware of their movement in the environment. It brings people closer to nature, makes them more aware of their bodies and connects them to the present moment (Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2013).

Mindful yoga is a multidimensional system that includes stretching and strengthening poses, breathing exercises, and ethical meditation practices. This system uses body, breath, and senses to reconnect the practitioner with the universe and move emotions and thoughts into stillness (Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2013).

Mindful tai chi is a Chinese system of physical exercises that is believed to facilitate the flow of qi (the life force, pronounced “chee”) in the body. Tai chi promotes health, healing, and vitality. Tai chi utilizes movements that are opposites. For example, it incorporates softness and strength, forward and backward motions, and action and calmness (Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2013).

Mindful qigong is a Chinese practice using movement, affirmation, breath, visualizations, and meditation to improve the flow of qi. Qigong seeks to restore internal harmony and the practitioner’s harmony with nature. Mindful qigong develops mindfulness and supports the flow of qi simultaneously. It can be practiced either with gentle body movements or a motionless body posture (Regents of the University of Minnesota, 2013).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Course Expires:

July 14, 2019

  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.