Qigong is a formulated set of movements coordinated with the breath which induces and guides the vital energy through and around the body.
Qigong has been around for approximately 3000 years. Originally devised by the Taoist Monks because of their sedentary lives, and extensive meditations. There are many types of Qigong methods, sets and style: these include the Jade Pillar, Fragrant Buddha or Xiang Gong, Standing meditation: Zhan Zhuang – Three Circle or Standing like a tree Qigong, Eight Strands of Silk Brocade or Baduanjin, 18 Tai Chi-Qigong set or Shibashi and the Wild Goose 1st & 2nd 64 Dayan Qigong, plus others of various interpretation and style.
The nearest interpretation of the word Qigong in broad terms is:
QI = energy or air
(air is the most common description because of it’s Oxygen content)
GONG = exercise
So the word QIGONG, simplified, means “breathing exercise” or loosely “energy exercises”
The most popular Qigong sets practiced at the Centre is the Eight Strands of Silk Brocade and the Zhan Zhuang standing like a tree set, along with the Fragrant Buddha, 18 Tai Chi Qigong set and the 1st & 2nd 64 movements of the Wild Goose set. These Qigong sets form the main frame of the Qigong learning program.
Both TaiChi and Qigong practice the same philosophy and principles of Yin and Yang.
As with TaiChi, Qigong’s slow, external movements help to stimulate the internal organs, by promoting the flow of vital / internal energy – Qi.
Newcomers are encouraged to practice Qigong alongside their Tai Chi learning as this promotes the flow of internal energy in the early days of Tai Chi learning. It will also help and develop correct abdominal breathing and is most beneficial to help ward off respiratory problems.
Detailed step by step DVDs covering Tai Chi and Qigong are available from our Tai Chi Shop.