Qigong

What Is Qigong

What is Qigong?

 

what is Qigong

what is Qigong

Qigong is a powerful method of energy medicine and healing originating from China thousands of years ago. It is a form of art and science that makes use of slow and steady movements, mental concentration, breathing techniques and meditation to balance and increase your vital energy (chi), and focuses on circulating and strengthening this chi to promote health. By practicing Qigong daily one can achieve greater vitality and overall better health, heal dis-ease, and experience overall tranquility of mind. For more than 5,000 years, Qigong has been an integral part of traditional medicine in China, along with herbal medicine, acupuncture and acupressure. Today we are seeing a resurgence of Qigong in the United States and other parts of the world.

Areas of Qigong application

Qigong is classified per its four major areas of application:

  • Healing Qigong: Also termed as medical Qigong, this is the self-healing, preventive aspect of the system. In today’s times of continuous exposure to stress, Qigong teaches how to control reactions, so that a person does not experience the physical deterioration that comes from exposure to our stressful lives such as frustration, anxiety high blood pressure and more.
  • External Qigong: This sophisticated system of no-contact treatment and health assessment includes exercises that increase treatment efficacy and sensitivity to the energy fields. These healing exercises and meditation methods can also be combined with acupuncture, massage, osteopathy, therapeutic touch and other such methods to boost healing.
  • Sports Qigong: In martial arts and sports, Qigong serves as the key to stamina, strength, mental focus, speed, balance, flexibility, coordination and injury resistance. Qigong can help improve one’s performance at any sport; for instance if you wanted to improve a golf drive, football tackling ability, swimming stamina or improve your accuracy in tennis, Qigong can help achieve those goals.
  • Spiritual Qigong: Qigong is not a religion but is can be used as part of a person’s spiritual discipline. When we use Qigong as a tool for spiritual discipline, it leads to tranquility, harmony and awareness of nature. The ancient philosophies which Qigong draws on to promote spiritual peace evolved from Buddhism and Taoism.

Who can benefit from Qigong?

Both gentle and dynamic techniques are included in Qigong. So, it can be practiced from supine, seated as well as standing positions. So, Qigong can be used by both old and the young, healthy or infirmed. Qigong practices can be customized as per the patient’s individual needs, making it an ideal system to use to help recover from an injury or illness. In other words, Qigong serves as the perfect complementary “medicine”. It can be combined with other forms of therapies too, and thus can be practiced by anyone who wants a better and healthier well-being.

Qigong has been scientifically proven to improve respiration and posture, induce relaxation, change blood chemistry favorably, improve concentration and self-awareness, and benefit patients with asthma, cancer, arthritis, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular disease, headache, fibromyalgia, etc. So I advise you to do what I am doing; learn and practice Qigong, and improve your overall health and well-being.

For deeper information, you may also be interested in these posts on Qigong:

Qigong slideshow, Qigong part 1, Qigong part 2, Qigong part 3

 

Qigong

By clicking on the large right or left arrows under each page of the slideshow, you can advance or go back one-page-at-a-time and enjoy a slide presentation titled Medical Qigong and Psycho-Spiritual Anatomy by George Love, Director at Love Chinese Medicine.

Actually, I find this to be like a great image-based dictionary of terms used in Tai Chi and Qi Gong. I think it serves as a great resource to bookmark and come back to from time to time as we build our understanding of the deeper world of Qi Gong.

Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can come back for quick and easy reference.

Thank you George Love for making this slideshow presentation available.


Tai Chi (taiji) – Qigong ( Qi Gong) For Beginners Lesson 1

 
Thinking about incorporating a Qi Gong (Qigong) into your daily routine? Or at this point are you just exploring more information about what Qi Gong is? Either way, this is a wonderful video and I am definitely going to bookmark this page and go back to it each morning. I think you will love it too!

The video is clear and non-granular, camera shot comes from many angles, and the narrator walks you through each movement with a gentle, calm voice white a student performs each exercise. He has a British accent too and everyone loves a British accent, right? (I do!)

The video is made up of:
1. The first 2 1/2 min is a voice-over introduction with good info so don’t skip it.
2. Then you are taken to a series of warm-ups.
3. Discuss Qi energy points. I especially love this section because I have used acupuncture and pressure therapy for many years with great success.
3. At 9 1/2 min the video starts in with Qi Gong exercises
4. Total length is 22 min.

 

 


 

Tai Chi – Qi Gong Form 18

The Tai Chi Chi Kung  form of Tai Chi, otherwise more popularly known as Qi Kong or Qigong,  is believed to have originated with the Chen family.  After some modifications purportedly through the Yang family in the 19th century then broken into several smaller variations after that, we arrive with the various forms practiced today.

Today’s post is a demonstration of the Qigong 18 form.  Notice how this form does not require a large expansive area to practice.  In fact, this would be perfect for the small apartment dweller with limited space.

I would love to hear about your experience with the Tai Chi Chi Kung ( Qi Gong or Qigong) form.

 

 



Qi Gong / Tai Chi Gentle Stretch

Today’s video demonstrates a gentle Qi Gong / Tai Chi balancing & stretching movements.  This is also good if you are looking for a moving meditation, energy balancing, or gentle stretching.  Medically it is great for range of motion and lubrication of the joints.  I personally would use this as an a.m. early wake-up, or a before-bed calm down type of movement.  How about you?

By now you probably know that I love beautiful photography and scenery so I would like to complement the videographer for his/her great job with the background scenery and clarity of this video!


 

Qi Gong Acupressure For Balancing The Heart

For a Friday meditation, I thought I would do something a little different this week. Tell me if you like this.   I am including a Qi Gong video with a demonstration of acupressure for “balancing the heart”.   I was searching for balancing the emotions, stress, happiness and the like.  After watching this I am not sure if the presenter means an emotional or physical (rhythm) balancing.  However I modeled this along with the presenter and did, truly feel good afterwards.

I do have a personal success story with acupuncture, and accursedness focused on the ear (auricular therapy).  How about you?  Have you tried it?

My personal advice is when you get to the part of pressure on the neck area, don’t push hard. He was right over the carotid area – you could pass out if you press too hard!

Like what you see?  I invite you to share this with your friends.