Qigong, sometimes referred to as “Chinese Yoga,” because of its moving postures, gentle stretches and breath regulation methods, is an ancient health-building system that cultivates and regulates qi, our inherent life-force. Qigong practice enhances the circulation of qi through the organ meridians and regulatory vessels to increase vitality, resolve areas of energetic congestion and restore areas of energetic depletion. The simple movement patterns feel good to perform and can be modified for individual comfort and capacity, to include seated practice.
Qigong shares the primary objective of acupuncture medicine, which is to freely circulate and harmonize qi-flows throughout the body, providing the foundation of health and wellbeing. Rather than applying needles to affect qi distribution and circulation, qigong employs slow body motions in a relaxed fluid style synchronized with diaphragmatically based breathing. The circular hand patterns are complemented by a firmly grounded stance which can include weight shifting and stepping. Qigong exercises and routines are often prescribed to patients of acupuncture as follow up health maintenance medicine.
Dedicated practitioners of qigong experience heightened aliveness, calm centeredness, mental acuity, and additional life-enhancing benefits. When the ideal of Traditional Chinese Medicine – qi freely and harmoniously circulating - is cultivated, one likely experiences progressive stages of health and wellbeing. If diminished health, chronic illness, or depression are experienced, qi imbalance is indicated. Regular practice of qigong can help restore the vital circulation of qi, toward improved function and wellbeing.
Formerly known as Dao-Yin (“to lead the qi”) and other names throughout its historical development, qigong in various forms and styles, has been practiced for thousands of years in China. Today, millions worldwide including significant numbers in America, enjoy qigong as a main component of their personal healthcare regime. Taijiquan (“Grand Terminus Boxing”), commonly known as “T’ai Chi” in America, is also classified as a form of qigong. It is an aesthetically beautiful movement art, which includes fighting applications. Because of its complexity and martial dimension, taijiquan is difficult to learn, requiring considerable time and devotion to realize proficiency. Conversely, a standard qigong routine practiced for health maintenance and health building, can be learned in a few lessons and enjoyed with deepening benefit for a lifetime.
The qigong system also includes self-massage, still standing postures, visualization methods and contemplative meditation known as “tranquil sitting.” The most widely practiced type of qigong is “moving qigong,” which is a series of individual exercises that are repeated to help coax and enhance particular qi-flows. There are thousands of routines and applications that have been created through the centuries. Most who practice regularly know several routines, some of which are applied only during designated seasons or times of day.
Qigong masters consider daily immersion in qigong and contemplative meditation foremost secrets of longevity, wisdom and contentment. Those who enter in, always find qigong and meditation enriching. These time-honored arts contribute significantly to vital living and harmony. Even minimal application of qigong on a regular basis can be life-transforming.