Qi Gong is practiced for health maintenance purposes, as a therapeutic intervention, as a medical profession, a spiritual path and/or a component of Chinese Martial Arts.
Learn Qi Gong in China
Get incredible health benefits, strengthen your body, expand your mind and find inner peace with Qi Gong!
Daily practice of easy-to-learn movements will make you stronger and healthy. Training Qi Gong is very easy. You will perform sitting, standing and moving Qi Gong. In no time at all, will you feel your qi; shortly afterwards, you’ll be able to harness it to great effect. Qi Gong refers to a wide variety of traditional meditative cultivation practices that involve methods of accumulating, circulating and working with Qi or energy within the body.
The power of Qi Gong
Qi Gong is the basis of the power of the Chinese martial arts, whether Shaolin Kung Fu, or the more subtle internal forms, such as Tai Chi, Hsing-i and Ba-Gua. Through Qi Gong, you can become stronger, healthier, calmer and more in control of your life, and that’s just the beginning. “Chi Kung” is the accepted English equivalent of the Chinese word “Qi Gong”, where “Qi” (“Chi” or “Ki”) means “breath” (as a conceptual term, this refers to the energy in the human body, and, by extension, life force, dynamic energy or even cosmic breath) and “gong” (“Kung”) means “achievement”, “skill”, work applied to a discipline or the resultant level of skill. The internal martial art is sometimes mistakenly said to be something that always involves movement and/or regulated breathing. In fact, use of other special methods focusing on particular energy centers in and around the body are common in the higher levels or evolved forms of Qi Gong.
Qi Gong and Kung Fu
All great Kung Fu makes use of energy training (Qi Gong) to develop internal force, without which it remains at the external, mechanical level, considered by Chinese martial artists as rather rough and inferior. Kung fu training with Qi Gong enhances harmonious chi flow, thus promoting health, vitality and longevity.
Qi Gong and Zen
There are three aspects in all types of Qi Gong, namely: form (xing), energy (qi) and mind. If you practice only the form, without the energy and mind dimensions, you are merely performing physical exercise; strictly speaking not Qi Gong, for there is no training of energy. For an effective control of energy, you have to enter what is called in modern terms, a Zen state of mind. In the past, this was called “entering Zen” (ru chan) or “entering silence”(ru ding).
When you are in Zen or a meditative state of mind, you can, among other things, tap energy from the cosmos and direct that energy to flow into wherever you want in your body. It is this mind aspect of Qi Gong, even more than its energy aspect, that enables Qi Gong masters to perform what lay people would think of as miraculous, or, depending on their attitude, fakery.
According to Chinese medical thought, practicing Qi Gong can cure, as well as prevent all kinds of illness, including diseases like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and cancer which are generally considered “incurable” by conventional medicine. Practicing Qi Gong is also very effective for overcoming psychological problems.
There are many wonderful benefits derived from practicing Shaolin Cosmos Qi Gong:
- Curing illness and promoting health.
- Enhancing vitality and developing internal force.
- Promoting youthfulness and longevity.
- Expanding the mind and the intellect.
- Spiritual cultivation.
Qi Gong Styles
Dynamic Qi Gong means to combine the body’s moves with mind and to breathe to achieve a peaceful mind through a moving body. The usually practiced forms in the Shaolin Temple are ba dian jin, yi jin jing and xi sui jing.
Static Qi Gong is a kind of Qi Gong that uses standing, sitting and posing postures to combine the practicing mind with high speed breath. The mind practices to gain, calculate and control qi. This form of Qi Gong can be practiced through meditating standing still, in the sitting lotus position or through a meditation in pose.
Dynamic and Static
Dynamic and static Qi Gong are based on static Qi Gong to use qi and blood to drive the body to move or even jump high and fly.
Hard-, Soft- and Health-Care Qi Gong
Hard Qi Gong is to control the qi that has been accumulated, drive it to a part of your body and make your body as tough as iron. To break bricks, staffs, steel bars, big marble boards and a spear piercing through a throat, all belong to this category.
Soft Qi Gong has a more subtle focusing of qi. It aims to gain and collect chi in the Dantian (an energy core around the lower belly) to try to control and use it.
Health-Care Qi Gong includes forms such as Ba duan jin and iron coat etc.
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