Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice involving meditation, breathing exercises, and body movements, has been found to relieve depression in a new study. Qigong is similar to tai chi and has been performed for centuries as a means to cultivate inner strength and relaxation, to ward off disease, and to promote longevity and well-being. The practice has been applied for everything from heart disease to muscular dystrophy to arthritis, not to mention as a means of cultivating inner peace and spiritual awareness. Benefits of a regular practice include improved mood, self-confidence, self-esteem, personal well-being, and physical health. Whether you're clinically diagnosed with depression or not, it's worth looking into as an adjunct to a regular meditation practice. There's a walking Qigong group that meets at Golden Gate Park's AIDS Memorial Grove at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The Insight Meditation Community of San Francisco offers Qigong every Sunday (except the first) from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., just before their regular meditation practice. Other programs are available and select fitness centers and elsewhere throughout the city.