What is Qigong?

What is qigong

Qigong (also spelled chi gong or chi kung) is an ancient Chinese health system of healing and energy medicine. Qigong is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate qiRegular Qigong practice leads to better health, vitality and a quiet mind.


Loosely translated qi (pronounced chee) means life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. Gong, pronounced gung, means work, accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. When you combine the two, in essence Qigong means working with energy or cultivating energy with continued practice.


Types of Qigong

Qigong can be classified by many factors.  It can be classified based on styles, postures, schools, theory and other types of classifications.

According to movement it can be classified as static, dynamic or a combination of both.

  • Static qigong - the body is kept still, whether it is in the standing, sitting or lying position.  In either position, one focuses on the breathing, mind and body.  Examples include “Standing still", "Inner Cultivation Gong", and "Sitting Meditation", etc.
  • Dynamic qigong - combines physical exercise movements, with breathing and mind control.  Your goal is in essence to “seek stillness in motion”. Examples of "Dynamic-Qi Gong" are "The Eight Pieces of Silk Brocades", "Five animals’ frolics", "Lian and "Tai Chi Quan", etc


Based on styles qigong can be classified as Spiritual, Medical and Martial. There are other styles that will fall into either one of these major classifications.


  • Medical (Healing) Qigong -  the preventive and self-healing aspect of Chinese medicine. Medical Qigong is one of the four main “branches” of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with acupuncture, herbal medicine, and medical massage. As with the other "branches" of TCM, the basic concept is to remove qi blockages and to balance qi in order for healing to occur.
  • Martial Qigong - in sports and martial arts, qigong is the key to strength, stamina, coordination, speed, flexibility, balance, and resistance to injury. Qigong exercises can improve performance in any sport, improving the golf drive, tackling ability in football, accuracy in tennis, and stamina in swimming.
  • Spiritual Qigong -  as a spiritual discipline, qigong leads to self-awareness, tranquillity, and harmony with nature. The spiritual aspect of qigong evolved from Taoism and Buddhism.



Qigong Exercise

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