Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. It is practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words: Qi (pronounced chee) means the life force or vital energy that flows through the body and all things in the universe. Gong (pronounced gung) means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice.
Forms of Qigong Practices
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques and mental focus. Some practices increase qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit qi to help heal others. Practices often include a connection to the natural environment. Practices vary from the soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged, and can be practiced by all age groups.
The Health Benefits of Qigong
Qigong can be a highly effective health care practice. Many healthcare professionals recommend qigong as an important form of complementary medicine. Qigong creates an awareness of our internal health and involves the meridian system used in acupuncture. The importance of adding mind intent is emphasized along with breathing techniques and physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits increase exponentially. The gentle, rhythmic movements of consistent qigong practice can reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and enhance the immune system. Practices have also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive health.
People practice qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit. When these three aspects of our being are integrated, it encourages a positive outlook on life and helps eliminate harmful attitudes and behaviors. It also creates a balanced lifestyle, which brings greater harmony, stability and enjoyment.
Since qigong can be practiced anywhere or at any time, there is no need to buy special clothing or to join a health club, however when learning qigong it is helpful to start with a group or class. Qigong’s great appeal is that everyone can benefit, regardless of ability, age, belief system or life circumstances.
We Teach and Practice Zhineng Qigong
At our studio and during our workshops and retreats, we primarily practice Zhineng Qigong. It is a simple, yet profound practice for discovering your natural state of health and vitality. Regular practice awakens and strengthens self-healing abilities. Practitioners often report feelings of harmony, tranquility and peacefulness along with a greater connection to life’s purpose.
Many health benefits can be achieved, including:
- Reduced stress, anxiety and depression, creating more emotional stability and feelings of well-being
- Increased vitality and longevity by slowing down the aging process
- Increased availability of oxygen in the blood, which nourishes cells, tissues, organs and muscles
- Improved brain function with increased capacity for learning and effectiveness of brain activities
- Strengthened cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, immune and digestive system functions
- Improved physical stamina, posture, balance and blood pressure regulation.
Zhineng Qigong was created by Dr. Pang Ming, an extraordinary qigong Grandmaster. By combining his profound knowledge of Chinese medicine with modern science, he helped revive the ancient Chinese internal cultivation of qigong as a healing art, as well as a modern science of body-mind. He founded the largest physician-staffed energy-healing hospital in China, where Zhineng Qigong was used to study body-mind science and its applications to self-healing. Currently well over 10 million people practice Zhineng Qigong worldwide. This system of qigong synthesizes 5,000 year-old traditional Chinese healing arts with modern science to create a powerful system for healing on all levels of being.
If you’d like to know more about Dr. Pang’s philosophy please read this 1994 interview with Dr. Pang.
Zhineng Qigong is suitable for everyone, of all ages. It is practiced standing, seated and even lying down at any time and place. It can also be modified for anyone. Benefits are cumulative with regular practice.
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Abundant Qi Blessings,