What is Qigong

Qigong (pronounced chee gung) accesses the subtle energies in your body for physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Qi  means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.

Gong   means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement.

Together, Qigong means the skill of cultivating vital energy, or the ability to work with the electromagnetic energy of the body. Qigong is a mind-body practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing techniques, and focus intention.

While it is physical in nature, its focus is often mental: the exercises help you move your mind through the body’s blocks and stagnation. Qigong has been shown to positively enhance nervous system activity and reduce stress hormone levels.

 

There are two (2) basic types of Qigong:

Wei Dan

Wei Dan is considered yang, or male, because it involves physical exercise to create yang qi. Beginners often start with Wei Dan because it quickly stimulate the flow of qi.

There are two kind of Wei Dan practices.

  • Still Wei Dan (also called Zhan Zhuang)

Focuses on bettering physical health. It involves freezing in particular positions while relaxing the muscles.

  • Moving Wei Dan

Involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups while shifting position.

 

Nei Dan

Nei Dan is more yin, or female, because it uses mental exercises to form yin qi.

Participants often combine mental concentration and activity, images, and breathing techniques to circulate qi to the bodily channels and organs.

 

There are several styles of Qigong. Some employ the practice of Taoism or Buddhism to produce spiritual effects, while others are strictly physical in nature.

In general, these are the basic styles of Qigong:

o   Mental Qigong

Focuses on managing and directing the mind to reduce stress. As it is estimated that 80 percent of all diseases are stress-related, mind control can certainly make a difference in one’s physical health. Mental Qigong requires regulation of of the mind and emotion, and also helps practitioner gain better control of their minds and feelings.

 

o   Medical Qigong

Used for self-healing and healing others, medical Qigong has been fruitfully employed for arthritis, asthma, anxiety, neck pain, postpartum depression, stress, bowel complaints, and many other maladies.

 

o   Martial Qigong

The key focus is learning how to fight and defend oneself

 

o   Spiritual Qigong

Aims at controlling emotions and increasing spirituality. This has been the favored process for the Taoist monks of China for centuries; they also use it for developing psychic ability.

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