What is Qigong
Qigong is an ancient Chinese healthcare system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and relaxed focus, the practice of smooth flowing exercises. This encourages the body to increase energy, improve health and vitality. Qigong is widely used for healing in the Far East.
Qi or Chi meaning vital energy or life force, Gong meaning the practice or cultivation. Energy Cultivation is the literal translation of Qigong.
Traditionally based in Chinese martial arts, Qigong has been practised in China for thousands of years.
Qi Gong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others.
Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi, and Bagua, to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qi Gong forms can be easily be learned, and can be practiced by all age groups.
Qigong the "Three Treasures "
Essence (Jing) - Body essence fluids
Vital Energy (Qi) - Life force, blood circulatory system
Spirit (Shen) - mind and emotional being
Qigong practice is focused on developing or refining the Jing, and then convert this into Qi, which in turn leads to nourishes and energise the Shen.
To promote health and longevity, the key to Qigong training is to keep these three elements strong and healthy.
Regular daily practice will increase:
Improve your wellbeing
Enhancing the immune system
Reducing tension and stress
Improve balance and posture
Maintains health even into old age
Helps speed recovery from illness