Ways Qigong Can Benefits Your Health
Hi there, thanks for dropping by to healing qigong. I want this website to serve as a resource and help to benefit as many people as possible and make training accessible to all people. I am a qigong student (and student of life) my name is brian, and i noticed that there is not a lot of good info on qigong, and in my opinion this is one of the best ways to promote abundant health, inner clarity, calm , confidence and improve ones ability to focus. Oh did i mention longevity and the ability to turn back the clock on your aging, yes qigong promises to make you stay younger longer. There are even some fantastic tales of taoist adepts reaching ages well into the 200’s – and i dont know if this is true or not, but certainly i find it inspiring.
Traditional chinese qigong is is all about aligning body, breath and mind via a series of movements, and it has been shown to have mental health benefits (reducing anxiety and stress ) and physical health benefits (lowering blood pressure, better sleep). The nuts and bolts of the practice are simple: it is a combination of slow, flowing movements, deep breathing and a calm mind. It comes from a combination of traditional chinese martial arts, medicine and philosophy, and within china, there are a few variations on the practice.
It was banned during the cultural revolution in 1962, and was made legal again in 1976, but that’s just a blip in the history of qigong, which has been practiced in a variety of ways for more than 4,000 years.
What is Qigong?
Qigong is a general term used to describe a wide variety of training paths, which all have intrinsic benefits, but differ in areas focus, intention, and methodology.
Under the umbrella of qigong, there are two greater paths:
The primary of personal cultivation and the secondary of clinical application.
Personal cultivation: all qigong paths begin as a personal journey of self-discovery through the use of movement, breath, and intention. Although some practitioners may independently determine how and what to practice, the NQA also recognizes the benefits of working with an experienced teacher.
Thus far, there is little evidence to suggest that qigong has a direct effect on controlling cancer, but a few studies have shown positive benefits — at least in lab animals and cell cultures.
It’s important to note, however, that studies in the lab or in animal studies don’t necessarily reflect what will happen in humans.
The science of qigong is based on the axiom that the mind has the ability to direct chi. Qigong can be used to begin to feel one’s nerves, and this ability increases with time. You can literally learn to go inside your body with your mind, feel what is there, and direct your chi where it needs to go. This is not a mysterious process, but a natural one that can be acquired with time and effort.
Bruce lee’s meditation technique is referred to as the qigong, otherwise called chi kung, which revolves around the concept of the chi, which is believed to be the universal energy, or what bruce lee calls the “life force. ” in meditation, chi is spread in every part of the body through breathing exercises and slow graceful movements involving the entire body, thus giving inner strength and developing mental concentration.
There thousands of breathing techniques in the different healing and spiritual traditions of the world. There are books galore telling you how to breathe and what to do with your breath. Breath has been used for everything from stress management to psychological self-therapy to rebirthing your divine self. The taoist chi kung (also spelled “qigong”) approach to breathing is distinctly different from many other eastern methods of breathing. In india, most of the methods fall into the broad category of pranayama, which i practiced for many years until i discovered the taoist approach. The yogic schools involve the mind controlling the breath. The taoist approach to breath is very different: there is no counting or setting a certain rhythm or telling the intelligence of the lungs how it should breathe.
Liao tsu-tong taught john the mopai tradition, which is the esoteric nei kung (internal energy) school of mo tzu. Now just what does all this mean? well the closest approximation i can get to it is qigong (or chi kung). Qi gong is a mixture of traditional chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy that supposedly develops human potential and awakens one spiritually to one’s true nature.
When you cultivate balance and harmony within yourself, or in the world — that is tai chi. When you work and play with the essence and energy of life, nature and the universe for healing, clarity and inner peace — that is qigong. Dr. Roger jahnke, founder, iiqtc. Qigong literally means “gonging” or cultivating your vital energy (“qi”) over time. As a practice it consists of a combination of movement, self-massage, meditation, and breathing (more: what is qigong , getting started with qigong , scientific basis of qigong ). Tai chi is the most well-known and popular moving form of qigong. It is essentially meditation in motion, as are all moving forms of qigong. Qigong practice provides the energetic foundation of tai chi, qigong and yoga.
The Difference Between Tai Chi and Qigong
While they share many characteristics, most people consider qigong and tai chi to be two distinct practices. However, wayne said that he tends to focus more on the similarities between qigong and tai chi than on their differences. “the chi in the word ‘tai chi’ is a different character and has a different meaning [than the ‘qi’ in qigong]. But the practice of tai chi, in my opinion, is equivalent to a form of qigong.
You’re training to have more awareness and control over your ‘life force’ — your physiology or energy,” wayne told live science. And some forms of qigong are almost indistinguishable from tai chi, he added.
There are similarities and differences between the practices of qigong and tai chi. Both are practices that focus on cultivating energy, also known as qi or chi.
Oftentimes, the question arises at retreats and from students : “what is the difference between qigong and tai chi?” so, let us explore this question, understanding that this is a more complex matter than it seems and one that cannot be fully answered in a few simple sentences. This is because there are literally hundreds of styles of qigong (chi gung) and ﬁve major schools of tai chi, each with numerous variations.
I’d be dishonest if i said i didn’t have an aim in doing qigong – like most of us i want to be wise, healthy, buff, irresistible and immortal. But i remember sitting on a beach once discussing the differences between qigong and yoga. Of course these are very much generalisations as there are hundreds of different kinds of qigong and many kinds of yoga. One difference that was apparent was that the limbs in qigong tend to be relaxed and rounded and, unlike much yoga, are rarely extended fully. In qigong terms, full extension is less effective at promoting smooth flow. But a more significant difference seemed to me to be that much yoga practice approaches an asana as a posture to be attained and held.