What is she talking about and how do you pronounce that funny word?Qigong
Qigong, chi kung, chi gong, all the same thing? Pronounced “chee gong” the word translated from Chinese refers to “life energy practice”. Chi, also known as ki, prana, or electro-magnetic energy is what the Chinese call our life force energy.
The problem was that Americans had never heard of such a thing as Qigong or life energy exercise. They have heard of Tai Chi and Tai Chi is the martial art form of Qigong. There are thousands of Qigong practices from quiet sitting meditation to dynamic physically demanding forms such as Iron Shirt practices.
I practice and teach Tai Chi, but also Qigong for my health, the reasons why are easy to understand. My training started with Tai Chi for stress reduction and exercise. Developing a quieter mindset to be able to focus on my practice required some different approaches, thus, I added Qigong into my practice.
So why will Qigong be the next big thing?
Qigong is easier than Tai Chi or Yoga
Qigong can be done by anyone, even couch potatoes. No getting into downward dog or tying yourself in a knot as in yoga. Simple movements, remembering to breathe, make it easy to accomplish changes in your body without having to practice for 30 years.
Many people practice only the external, physical aspects of tai chi. With Qigong, you don’t need to memorize long, complex routines. Nor do you need to worry about the martial aspects of the art.
Qigong allows you to dive immediately into the meditative and energetic aspects of the art, which is also what brings you quick results.
However, Tai Chi practice is empty without Qigong. Tai Chi movement without the connection to the energy is like having hot chocolate without the marshmallow on top. That little extra makes the experience more enjoyable.
Qigong is empowering.
Compared to other arts, you actually need very little training to start getting remarkable results with Qigong. Qigong doesn’t require flexibility, strength or coordination. In fact, if you have been working out at the gym and have big muscles, it may be hard to relax the muscles and let go of tension down deep.
Women especially find Qigong easy to relate to. It is also a adaptive to those who are physically unfit, disabled and otherwise not in their prime physical condition. Many people are attracted to the Mindfulness aspect of the practice.
Qigong is fun.
It can be very social or done as a solitary practice. I prefer to practice with a group and exchanging energy and flow with others. With a group it, can give you a wonderful feeling of harmony. When I don’t have a group around, I can find release and grounding in doing qigong by myself.
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