We'll practice a simple (but powerful) type of qigong - Spring Forest Qigong. (Say 'chee' like cheese and 'gung' like gungho.)
To benefit from qigong you do not have to be fit, you don't have to be flexible, and you don't even have to be able to stand up. The exercises can be modified for almost anyone with patience who wants to learn.
Sometimes qigong and tai chi are called a moving meditation in which the mind and body are led to a state of balance and equilibrium also known as homeostasis. A Harvard medical publication* says it should also be called "moving medication."
The advantages of improving strength, flexibility and balance are pretty obvious but the advantages of peace that comes from the moving flowing meditative aspect of Qigong and Tai Chi are equally important.
*Read the Harvard article here:
Sharon Dempsey is a student of Spring Forest Qigong, a form of medical qigong developed by Chunyi Lin. She has been studying Spring Forest Qigong for almost a decade and has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of study.
Please visit SpringForestQigong.com
for more information about Chunyi Lin and this type of qigong. You can also search YouTube ("spring forest qigong" and "chunyi lin") for dozens of videos demonstrating SF qigong.
Dr. Hon Lee in Herndon, VA, is a certified master teacher of Spring Forest qigong, and he teaches Level 1 and Level 2 at least once a year. You can search SpringForestQigong.com
for classes in the Washington DC area.
Also, Hon Lee has a meetup page "Virginia Qigong" and he occasionally leads qigong practice.