What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong, meaning “energy work” or “life force work” is a practice originating in China and dates to antiquity. While there are many esoteric claims about Qi Gong made by practitioners, often bordering on virtual mysticism, the health benefits of Qi Gong are well studied and documented.
To the western mind, Qi Gong can most aptly be described simply as “exercise.” With the proliferation of Yoga and various meditative practices in recent years, Qi Gong has been described as “moving meditation.” While both descriptions are, at least in terms of expression, accurate; they don’t quite do justice to describing or defining Qi Gong. Without an accurate description of the practice, it can certainly be hard to detail, let alone envision the many health benefits that practice can provide. Often when describing Qi Gong, the question “So is Qi Gong like Tai Chi?” is proffered; an accurate explanation is that Tai Chi is Qi Gong! (more on that in a moment.) Being a more familiar term, Tai Chi elicits a better mental visualization of what Qi Gong is. Ultimately, all Tai Chi falls under the categorical classification of being Qi Gong, but not all Qi Gong is Tai Chi.
Qi Gong and Tai Chi are composed of simple, safe, gentle exercises focused on smooth flowing motions in concert with the breath and breathing techniques that can be practiced by anyone regardless of age, health, or fitness level. There is no equipment to purchase, and its practice does not require special facilities or large spaces. While finding time for modern exercise can be difficult for many people, Qi Gong and Tai Chi can be practiced in minutes, making it ideal for today’s busy, chaotic world.
What are the advantages of Qi Gong?
Qi Gong has proven to be hugely effective at countering and reversing the damaging effects of modern stress. Studies have shown that continued practice optimizes blood pressure, reduces hyperacidity, combats obesity, improves sleep, regulates metabolism and modulates the immune system.
For those with health or physical challenges, Qi Gong is the ideal way to regain, maintain and improve health, strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, flexibility and stamina.
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