Qi gong, pronounced as chi kung is an ancient art form that involves the health care system that integrates the breathing techniques, physical postures coupled with a much focused intention in mind.
The first sound represents the life force or vital energy that flows through all things and the second sound represents the cultivation of that energy.
This system is practiced to create a complete and balanced health maintaining body system, healing ability and increasing the vitality of an individual. Sometimes looked upon or referred to as an art form for martial arts movements, medical processes or simply as a spiritual art form.
All three areas consist of basic similarities like, postures which may be classified as moving or stationary, breathing techniques and mental focus.
The soft qi gong style of this art form can be adopted for use by almost any age group. It is however more popular with the older generation simply because of the non vigorous style it portrays and uses. The idea is to increase the Qi levels, circulate it well through the body of the individual for the cleansing and healing purpose.
Most of the standard movements are quite easy to follow and can be achieved through a committed sense of practice.
Most exercises don’t involve the meridian system and also don’t emphasize on the breathing techniques are being of utmost importance but Qi gong does.
This is because in order for the individual to gain the complete essence of Qi gong the breathing techniques play a vital role when coupled with the movements required.
The general benefits of taking up qi gong is that the gentle rhythmic movements help to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and
build up the immune system to stay at optimum levels as much as possible. Most people who have taken up this art form attest to the fact that they have gained a certain level of vitality and new lease in life.