The first part of the word, “qi” or chi, is what the Chinese refer to as the energy of life that makes up the entire universe and is part of us as well. The latter, “gong”, is the word for work, such as with any practice or skill that uses time and consistent training to develop and excel at. Qigong is the act of using certain methods to stimulate Qi, which helps with overall health and improves our quality of life.
Qigong teaches its beginners in stages. The first stage is to learn the technique of combining movement with proper breathing. The movements are practiced in sets, just like with tai chi, until the point that each move is refined. After learning the proper movement, energy is incorporated into the movements through a method known as “moving meditation.”
Many stances during the various qigong movements require one to hold a pose for a significant amount of time, similarly to yoga. These held poses are meant to increase limb strength and promote the flow of energy through a method called “still meditation.”
Another form of qigong meditation is called “sitting meditation.” This allows us to focus completely on the inner workings of the mind, body and breath. A popular addition of qigong is to incorporate visuals into each of the meditations. This allows us to see the energy in a visual way, instead of solely feeling it.
Just like other forms of meditation, qigong combines these various methods in order to reduce stress, create a healthier body, increase the productivity of the immune system, aid in digestion and restore a tranquil state of the mind and body.
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