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What Is Qi Gong?

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According to ancient Chinese philosophy, Qi Gong or Chi-Kung is an age-old Chinese system of meditations, breathing techniques, exercises, and postures. Its techniques are meant to enhance and improve the chi or vital energy of the body. Chinese traditional philosophy states that chi is the fundamental vital energy responsible for vitality and health.

Qi Gong is believed to be around five to seven thousand years old. It was handed down in secrecy for many generations among teachers and monks it also survived the Chinese Cultural Revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s that prohibited a lot of traditional practices. In the 1980’s, these methods were brought to the West to encourage longevity, promote self healing, and to prevent illness. Presently, millions of people practice Qi Gong throughout the world. This ancient art inspires you to find what works best for your system.

Qi Gong has very much influenced the martial arts so much so that many of them evolved from it. Acupressure and Marlton acupuncture also use the same energy channels or meridians in the body. Acupoints that Qi Gong practice stimulates and clears.

Chi represents the vital energy that creates life. It is derived in sunlight, food, and in the air. Chi is the invisible vital energy in the body that sustains life.

Gong means movement.

Qi Gong: working with life energy and moving the energies.

The movements are meant to promote the circulation of chi in the body, which stimulates the self-healing processes of the body. Illness or pain occurs when this “significant flow” of energy is blocked. It’s the constant practice of Chi flow that enhances a person’s circulation of energy and gives him longevity and vitality. The exercises can be performed by old and young, the less able and the able; in short by everyone.

Benefits

Qi Gong can be utilized as a regular routine to boost well-being and overall health, as well as for longevity and disease prevention. It can be used to reduce stress and increase energy. It generates balance, develops feelings of well being, strength, and health, and enhances the energies of the body. Qi Gong makes use of the natural functions of the body to heal chronic back and joint problems; develop stamina, coordination, and flexibility, and to release stress. The primary objective of Qi Gong is to store and develop Chi. Qi Gong is used in China along with other healing modalities for various chronic conditions, including heart disease, strokes, mental illness, depression, headaches, cancer, AIDS, allergies, and asthma. The constant practice of Qi gong enhances your flow of energy and gives you longevity and vitality.

Practicing Qi Gong

Qi Gong is made up of mental exercises, breathing techniques, movements, andpostures. Mind exercises and meditations are utilized to move chi throughout the body and enhance the mind. These exercises are called visualizations that allow you to concentrate on different parts of your body. The “Inner Smile” is one example of a Qi Gong mental exercise. The movements and postures are meant to tone, stretch, and strengthen the body to bolster the flow of energy. Postures may involve lying down, sitting, or standing.

Qi Gong exercises are cumulative. The benefits only increase as one practices Qi Gong throughout the year. As you practice, your body will become stronger and more relaxed and your spirits and health will also improve.

Qi Gong is for you if you want to:

  • Enhance your personal well being
  • Improve your health
  • Feel relaxed and happy
  • Feel packed with energy

Written by Valerie

August 20th, 2019 at 9:18 pm

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