Qigong (Chi Kung)
Qigong (Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese health care system and is practiced by individuals to improve their own health. It is an exercise that integrates gentle movement, coordinated breathing, and focused intention to strengthen and circulate the life energy (qi). Regular qigong practice may lead to better health and vitality and a more tranquil state of mind.
The word "qigong" is made up of the Chinese words "qi" (pronounced “chee”), which refers to life force or vital energy, and "gong" (pronounced “goong”), which means accomplishment or skill cultivated through steady practice. Together, qigong refers to any practice whose intention is to restore, circulate, balance, and/or enhance the personal life energy.
Anyone can practice qigong. There are qigong methods suitable for people of all ages and physical condition. Qigong can be practiced while standing, sitting, or lying down. Most standing exercises can be adjusted to be performed while seated or lying down. Qigong methods can be custom-tailored to individual needs to help with recovery from illness or injury.
There are three general categories of qigong practice: passive, dynamic and integrated. Dynamic qigong includes physical movement. The entire body moves to repeat the same posture a number of times or moves from one posture to another. In passive qigong, the entire body is still and the breath is moving. The mind is alert and actively concentrating and visualizing the movement of the internal energy. Many qigong exercises involve a combination of both categories.
There are thousands of styles of qigong in existence today. Many are designed for general health and well-being and may be practiced every day. Others are created to target specific problems.
The documented history of qigong goes back approximately 2,500 years. However Chinese archaeologists and historians have found references to qigong-like techniques at least five thousand years old.
Qigong should never be used as a substitute for necessary treatment by a physician.
Qigong classes include: