Qigong (also transliterated as Chi Kung) is the art of cultivating internal energy. "Qi" here refers to yuan qi, that is, your original energy inherited from your parents, and "gong" simply means the work involved in the cultivation of energy.
Traditional Chinese medicine talks about the smooth flow of qi or life force energy throughout the body. The unimpeded flow of qi helps to develop a calm mind and a healthy body. This energy can be enhanced by various methods.
The practice of Qigong is one such method. It employs relaxation, intention and various postures to create harmony and balance in the mind and body. This state of calm is conducive to cultivating energy (qi) in our bodies.
The use of the mind is the main ingredient in the cultivation of qi. The regular practice of Qigong has a very beneficial effect on our health and well-being.
There are three types of Qigong:
- static (sitting, standing - similar to meditation),
- semi-dynamic (little or no stepping but with upper body movements) and,
- dynamic (every part of the body is moving, such as Tai Chi)
People usually associate the 2nd type, semi-dynamic, as Qigong. Most do not realise that Tai Chi is a very sophisticated form of Qigong. It is precisely the relaxation and energy circulation aspects that distinguish Tai Chi from other forms of exercise.
In our Tai Chi online course, students learn all three forms of Qigong. All three share the same characteristics: calmness of the mind and relaxation of the body which are conducive to the cultivation of qi. In all three forms, correct posture is emphasised as it is essential to the development of one’s Qigong.
Practise Qigong for a happier and healthier life!