What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is an effective compilation of preventive, self-healing, and strengthening exercises derived from about 6,000 years of the Chinese people’s experiences studying the body. As early as the Shang Dynasty (1766-1123 B.C.), there were drawings representing the movements we call Qigong today. The oldest Chinese medical text, the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic (722-480 B.C.), presents theories and methods for Medical Qigong training.
Like acupuncture, Medical Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Medical Qigong is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate life force energy (Qi) through the 8 Vessels and 12 Meridians (energy pathways).
Medical Qigong offers proven theory and training methods to achieve longevity and a higher quality of life, using ancient techniques to prevent injury and to recover from injury faster by focusing on joint and organ strength. According to TCM, the body’s health and vitality is in direct proportion to organ health and your circulation of energy.
In addition to its medical applications, Qigong provides an integrated conditioning regimen for those who practice martial arts like Tai Chi and Kung Fu, building strength, flexibility, endurance, agility, power, balance, coordination, relaxation, and focus.
Qigong also has a spiritual dimension: it teaches us how to be in the present moment, to be calm, focused, and less emotionally reactive to life events that may cause stress, anxiety, depression, suffering. Ultimately, practicing Qigong puts our ego in check, raises our awareness, peels off the layers of our conditioning, and helps us return to our original state.
For more information on the benefits of ongoing Qigong practice, see the National Institutes of Health “A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefit of Qigong and Tai Chi” (Janke et al., 2010). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085832/
Click on “Programs” for more information on the Qigong curriculum taught at Golden Mountain Tai Chi.