Chi Kung / Qi Gong
Health Benefits of Ancient Chinese Moving Meditation, Exercises, Energy Flow (Qi), Techniques, History, Videos


Qigong - Qi (Flow of Energy, Life Force)

'Qigong (ch'i kung pronounced 'chee gung') is the ancient art of health maintenance and healing that originated several thousand years ago in China. The qi in qigong means air in Chinese, and also life force, dynamic energy, cosmic breath. Gong means work or skill applied to a discipline, so qigong means breath / energy work.

A person practices Qigong by a combination of exercises including meditation, visualization, circulating and working with qi, breathing and movement. A skilled practitioner of Qigong is able to project Qi to improve the health of another person. The ultimate goal of Qigong is to improve the balance of the functions of the body. It is a physical exercise, meditation and spiritual path.'

http://www.qigonginstitute.org/

Health Benefits

The benefits of Qi Gong are obvious in those who practice it correctly and regularly. These exuberant individuals sleep more soundly; achieve better physical performance and mental harmony of the true health in the unity of mind-body-spirit. They become simply happier in life - regardless the circumstances.


Chi Kung: Moving Meditation

'The Chinese believe to "strain is not to gain." They also believe that one must have a strong mind/body connection to feel "inside the body" and recognize when energy is "out of balance." The practice of this "moving meditation" will enhance the mind/body connection and allow one to have more of a connection with the internal body.

Qigong and Tai Chi are exercises as well as meditations. You will move every muscle, joint, bone, and organ of the body but in a slow and methodical way. Breathing techniques will enhance your practice. The exercises specifically for the joints will help you maintain your flexibility and regain some of the lost flexibility. This is a very gentle program and therefore is perfect for rehabilitation.

This moving meditation will help you to develop focus and concentration but also to build the feeling of peace and harmony. For all of you who are suffer from worry, or perfectionism, Type A personality, and stress illnesses, this is the practice for you!'

http://www.taichikung.com/Chi_Kung/chi_kung.shtml


Use & Practice in China

'Attitudes toward the scientific basis for qigong vary markedly. Most Western medical practitioners and many practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as the Chinese government, view qigong as a set of breathing and movement exercises, with possible benefits to health through stress reduction and exercise. Others see qigong in more metaphysical terms, claiming that qi can be circulated through channels called meridians.

Today millions of people in China and around the world regularly practice qigong as a health maintenance exercise. Qigong and related disciplines are still associated with the martial arts and meditation routines practiced by Taoist and Buddhist monks, professional martial artists, and their students. Once more closely guarded, in the modern era such practices have become widely available to the general public both in China and around the world.

Medical qigong treatment has been officially recognized as a standard medical technique in Chinese hospitals since 1989. It has been included in the curriculum of major universities in China. After years of debate, the Chinese government decided to officially manage qigong through government regulation in 1996 and has also listed qigong as part of their National Health Plan.'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong


Qigong Database of Research

'Beginning about 1980, extensive clinical and experimental research on medical applications of Qigong was carried out by scientists in China. Most of these studies were reported only at international conferences, and only a few were published because suitable scientific journals are not available in China.

The Qigong and Energy Medicine Databaseā„¢ is a compilation of references to most of these studies as well as to reports in scientific journals, books and Medline. This Database provides the only record in English of the vast amount of research on Qigong from China as well from other countries. These reports can be used as a guide for improving health and for deciding what further research may be required to confirm promising applications of Qigong.

While few research studies on Qigong conform to strict scientific protocol, the collection of research is too large and significant to be ignored. Now you can search over 4,000 references in English to study clinical and experimental research on Qigong from the original sources.'

http://www.qigonginstitute.org/html/database.php


Watch Chi Kung Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHziAUvM8I

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1572962536605659291


History of Qi Gong

To blow out and breathe in slowly, to inhale and exhale, to puff out the old breaths and draw in the new, practicing bear-hanging and bird-stretching, longevity is the only concern. Guiding and pulling, cultivating and nourishing the body favored by those who wish to live long. (Zhuangzi, Guo, 535)

Unify your attention. Rather than listen with the ear, listen with the heart. Rather than listen with the heart, listen with the qi. Listening stops at the ear, the heart stills at following the circumstances. Qi is void, thus it is all encompassing. Only the Way amasses the void, so the void is the fasting of the heart. (Guo, 173)

Extend farthest towards the void, hold steadiest to the tranquility. The ten thousand things all rise together, and I reflect their return. (Gao, 298)

http://www.literati-tradition.com/qi_gong_origins.html


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