Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.
In 300 BC, Chuang Tzu wrote, “The ancients breathed down to their heels.”
This passage suggests that the breath, in the form of the body’s vital energy is projected and circulated throughout the body. In Oriental Medicine, Chi or Qi circulates through channels that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions. Illness is attributed to imbalance or interruption of this energy flow. Qigong restores the balance of this crucial force.
The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words.
Qi is pronounced ‘chee’ and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced ‘gung’ means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong means cultivating energy.
A person practices Qigong to develop this energy to maintain health or enhance healing and increase vitality.
Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical or spiritual. The martial gong enhances the strength, endurance and spirit of the warrior. The medical gong is used to maintain health and heal disease. Spiritual Qigong is focused on ethical development, longevity and immortality, or refinement of mind, transcending the world of illusion and salvation of all living things.
All styles have three things in common. They all involve a posture (whether moving or stationary) breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi. Others circulate it; use it to cleanse and heal the body; store it; or emit Qi to help heal others.
Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, enhance the immune system and improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
Whereas the optimum way of learning Qigong is with a Master Teacher as your instructor, we offer you a basic Qigong exercise as your introduction to this ancient source of Asian magic.
“Sinking the Turbid, Washing the Organs”
This exercise helps to relieve tension and pain in the body by increasing circulation as well as energizing the body.
Always do things slowing and comfortably and take advantage of the slow movements to breathe deeply and clear your mind. The most important principle of Qigong is qi follows intent, so whether or not you can feel the qi is unimportant so long as your mind is present and your intention is set.
Breathing is natural in Qigong: in and out of the nostrils into the belly. As you inhale, the stomach expands; as you exhale, the stomach contracts inward. Be sure the breaths are deep into the belly as this practice massages all the internal organs.
Standing with feet parallel about shoulder width apart, raise the arms above the head in a fluid motion. Once the arms are raised, imagine that you are gathering fresh qi.
Begin to lower the hands, drawing fresh invigorating qi through the top of the head and all the way down the body. Imagine this fresh qi as a white, bright light relaxing and nourishing each part of the body as the hands lead the energy all the way from the top of the head to the toes.
At the same time you are drawing in this fresh energy, imagine that any unwanted stale energy – whether it be physical, spiritual or emotional – is being pushed out of the body through the feet. Imagine this unwanted energy as a dark grey color. If any part of the body is in pain or tense, spend a little extra time floating the hands over that part of the body.
Make sure that as fresh energy is pulled in, the grey stale qi is pushed out, traveling all the way down the body through the legs and out of the feet into the earth where the energy is transformed.
Repeat this exercise 18 times.
When beginners ask “What is the most important aspect of practicing Qigong?”
The answer is….’Just do it!’
Do you want to have less stress but aren’t sure how to begin? With Qigong, you can reduce stress symptoms quickly and effectively. Consider finding a Qigong instructor in your local area.
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Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111