It is yin martial art and the exercises help nourish, strengthen, monitor the proper flow of our Qi (vital energy).
Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced "chee" and is often translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong pronounced "gung" means accomplishment, or a skill that has been acquired through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, and is a practice that helps maintain good health, heals and increases vitality.
Qigong integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual, but all styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some increase 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 to the external vigorous styles like Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted to any age group and even for the physically challenged.
Regular practice of Qigong improves and maintains health in a comprehensive way. It entails revitalization of the physical body, organ, muscles etc. It increases vitality, improves physical strength, eliminates tension, stretch joints, improves static postural coordination when we move. Qigong also relaxes and calms the mind and spirit which remains active and concentrated.
A long-term effects is that Qigong re-establishes the body/mind/soul connection
Learning and regular practice of Qigong exercises help us to reunite the mind with the body. Qi is life force, it is the vital energy that flows and takes shape in all living things, from the infinitely small to the infinitely large. In traditional medicine, Qi-Gong is used for therapeutic purposes, patients engaged in some specific exercises or doctor using his own energy to heal. In martial arts, Qi-Gong practice feeds the internal Qi and then controls its flow for later use for in defensive or offensive posture.
Qigong is distinguished from other types of exercise because its practice is based on the balanced combination of three elements that are:
- Regulation of the mind (Xin Tiao);
- Regulation of the breath (Tiao Xi);
- Regulation of the body (Xing Tiao) and the movements.
Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs.
People do Qigong to maintain good health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit.
When these three aspects of our being are integrated, it encourages a positive outlook on life and helps eliminate harmful attitudes and behaviors. It also creates a balanced life style, which brings greater harmony, stability, and enjoyment Anyone can enrich their lives by adding Qigong to their daily routine!
Chinese Medical Qi Gong, Singing Dragon Publishing, Liu, Tianjun; Chen, Kevin
Workshops in Den Haag: http://firedragon.nl/qigong.htm