What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is the Chinese discipline devoted to the development of understanding, awareness and harmonizing of one’s mind, body, qi (chi) and spirit. It plays a strong part in Chan Buddhism (Zen) and Daoist philosophy, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Martial Arts.
Qi Gong has been used extensively in China as part of traditional Chinese medicine, and is included in the curriculum of Chinese Universities. Throughout the world Qi Gong is now recognized as a form of complementary and alternative medicine, with positive effects on diverse ailments.
Qi Gong practice involves rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow stylized repetitions of fluid movements and a calm mindful state. From a philosophical perspective Qi Gong is believed to help develop human potential, allowing access to higher realms of awareness, awakening one’s true nature.